Leaked: 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera — First Photos

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“Superleggera” means superlight in Italian and has served as the nameplate for some of the fastest and elite vehicles ever produced by that country. The 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera should be no different. These are the first official photos of the 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera that just leaked online.

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera

Update: this dyno chart (showing crank figures) comes from Ducati Chile, who reports 200 bhp in stock form and 205 bhp with the race exhaust fitted. Curb weight is said to be 166kg or 367 lbs. That’s nearly as light as the stock bike, dry.

Presented to dealers at Ducati’s recent conference in New Orleans, it’s said that the Superleggera is based on the $30,000 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale R. As the name suggests, it gains lightness. Production will be limited to just 500 units worldwide and the price is expected to be double that of the Panigale R. These photos were just leaked by New York Ducati.

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera
The 2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera’s carbon fiber fairings appear to incorporate the side wind deflectors that were added onto the Panigale R.

That lightness is achieved through the use of more exotic materials throughout the bike’s construction. The aluminum front subframe/airbox gives way to magnesium, a material which was already employed on the 1199′s engine cases. You’ll also find the material in the forged magnesium Marchesini wheels. The R’s plastic fairing gives way to carbon, which is also used to construct the rear subframe. It appears that the spring on the Ohlins TTX36 shock is now titanium.

Titanium is also used for the valves and connecting rods, while the crank has been further lightened over the R. This should all equal more revs and more power. Ducati didn’t claim any power advantage for the R over the 195 bhp base model, but its included race exhaust was said to boost peak power by 7 bhp.

2014 Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera
Note the grey shock spring (likely titanium), DLC-coated Ohlins forks and race exhaust with carbon endcaps.

500 units is far fewer than the 2,500 required for World Superbike homologation. Instead it appears as if the Superleggera is targeted at giving Ducati’s best customers a very special Panigale.

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  • Rameses the 2nd

    What a beautiful and expensive toy.

  • Aakash

    *Yawn*. Another thing that is out of reach and out of touch with the proletariat.

    • Lee Scuppers

      Arise, ye prisoners of starvation!

    • Richard Gozinya

      Cheer up, you could always get a Walt Siegl Leggera for $30k, less than half the cost of the Superleggera!

  • maxkohl

    Can’t wait til the first crash show up on rnickeymouse’s channel.

    • Thomas Høj Jørgensen

      Ha! yeah that’s gonna be an expensive one.

    • Rameses the 2nd

      Quick Google search clearned the confusion for me. Initially, I was like WTF Mickey Mouse has to do with crashing Panigale.

      • Thomas Høj Jørgensen

        Hahaha!

      • Rameses the 2nd

        Out of 75 crash videos in his YouTube playlist, 70+ of those are sports bike riders (R1, R6, CBR, Ducati, etc…). No wonder why sports bikes cost so much money to insure. My lesson from this is that if I every get a sports bike and I feel like I need to try these twisty turns fast at crazy lean angles, I will hit the track first and learn to properly use my bike first.

      • Aakash

        arrrrrnickeymouse!

  • Rocket Punch

    That dyno chart makes EBR’s 1190RX torque curve even moire impressive…

  • Richard Gozinya

    Something for people who want exclusive, but don’t want to shell out the really big bucks for an NCR.

  • Jonathan Berndt

    500 units… until they sell those, then all of a sudden another 500, lol!

    • Rameses the 2nd

      This whole limited production thing is such a farce. I was at my local Triumph dealership and they were trying to tag me with one of their left over brand new 2013 Speed Triple SE edition at premium price. Apparently, Triumph only produced 200 of those, but yet at the end of the season they were left with one in their stock.

    • the antagonist

      Ducati is actually pretty good about keeping their limited editions limited: the Mike Hailwood, Pauls Smart, Desmosedici, the Supermono. They’ve had a lot.

  • Rosenfeld8

    If I were that type of lucky cutomer I´d demand an updated street legal desmosedici

  • Steven Radt

    I can assure you that these photos WERE NOT LEAKED by Ducati New York.

  • kevin

    Beautiful machine. But I wonder how many Panigale R owners are pissed that they bought what they thought was the “ultimate” panigale and now this comes out. haha

  • bollo
  • Ducky

    Titanium spring? Is that just an observation or actual fact? You never hear of anyone using titanium valve springs for a reason (other than the high power dragsters that are rebuilt after each run)- they fatigue under relatively low cycles compared to steel.

    • Corey Cook

      Titanium springs are for real, and Ohlins really makes them. They do save a LOT of weight, but they are really really expensive. Take a look at some the other “leaked pics” floating around the internet and you’ll clearly see the Ohlins TI denotation on the spring. I can’t comment on the fatigue life, but I’m guessing there is reason why they’re really only used in the MotoGP paddock.

      • Richard Gozinya

        Probably because the springs need to be set up for the person’s weight, which would be a serious pain in the ass to have to do, and the very small weight savings just isn’t worth it unless it’s for something like MotoGP, where they shave off every possible ounce.

        Makes me think this bike isn’t going to handle all that well for anybody outside the weight range those springs were made for. And it’ll be an additional expense to get that fixed. $65k for a bike you still have to spend more money on to get it working right? Ducati’s got a very high opinion of themselves.

        • Corey Cook

          That is ALWAYS the case though, shock springs have very small weight range that they are intended to be used for. Which is why OEM’s always include garbarge progressive springs on their bikes instead of linear springs that ALWAYS used for racing, gives a little more cushion room in terms of weight range. If you can afford a $65K motorcycle, another few hundred bucks for a different Ti spring is just an afterthought. Unrelated: if you look at a TI spring they actually have a completely different shaped than a steel spring, far less coils.

          In my opinion, when you buy a new motorcycle the springs should be changed out free of cost to suit your weight. It really is a safety issue.

          • Ducky

            TI valve springs are the same way… thicker profile, fewer coiling and steeper angle. I’m just really surprised they are used as suspension springs because they truly don’t last very long (then again, how often are owners of this bike going to tool around on streets?). Spring rate is very important but it’s typically a set and forget thing and works for most “95 percentile” riders. Damping rates and pre-load are typically much more important in control and front/rear balance.

        • Ducky

          That’s why you have a selection of springs in racing.

    • http://www.faster-faster.com/ Marc Fenigstein

      I run a Ti spring on my Ohlins on my R6. Titanium springs are fairly commonplace if quite expensive. They don’t have fatigue issues – they actually have a superior fatigue life to steel. More info here: http://www.rentoncoilspring.com/performance/why_titanium/

  • Corey Cook

    VAG has nothing to do with the design of Ducati’s production motorcycles. Everything they are currently putting out was in the works long before VAG assumed ownership. VAG is like Ducati’s wealthy parents, providers of money and guidance, that is all.