Two years ago Ducati unveiled the 1199 Panigale superbike, a technological tour de force featuring the all-new Superquadro L-twin engine (claimed 195 horsepower at the crank), an aluminum monocoque chassis with the steering head and rear subframe attached directly to the engine and a full slate of electronics, including throttle-by-wire, riding and engine modes, ABS, traction control, electronically adjustable suspension, a quick shifter and more.
Just as the Ducati 1198, the 1199 Panigale’s predecessor, had a middleweight sibling (the 848), the Italian manufacturer has just announced the 899 Panigale, a “Supermid” version of the ferocious superbike. Although still massively oversquare, the 899 version of the Superquadro L-twin has a smaller bore (100.0mm) and shorter stroke (57.2mm). It displaces 898cc and generates 148 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque at the crank (claimed). Like the 1199, the 899 has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and a 4.5-gallon fuel tank. However, claimed wet weight is 425.5 pounds versus 414.5 pounds on the 1199. The 899 uses a conventional (double-sided) swingarm, whereas the 1199’s is single-sided. Part of the weight difference may also be due to different suspension components and tires.
Styling is all but identical to the 1199, and the level of specification is very high—Brembo Monobloc calipers, Showa Big Piston Fork, Sachs shock, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires. The 899 Panigale will be available starting in late October onwards in traditional Ducati red with black wheels ($14,995) or Arctic white with red wheels ($15,295).
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