At the 2016 India Bike Week today, Ducati India announced the launch of their newest motorcycle – Ducati 959 Panigale, which replaces the outgoing 899 Panigale. Priced at INR 14.04 lakh, ex-showroom, New Delhi, bookings of the new Panigale are now open across all Ducati India authorized dealerships. Deliveries will commence from July 2016.
Compared to the 899 Panigale, the new 959 Panigale is powered by a slightly bigger 955 cc L-twin cylinder liquid cooled engine. This engine has a slightly longer stroke and claims to deliver a much better, refined performance. Peak power output of 959 Panigale stands at 157 PS @ 10,500 rpm while peak torque stands at 107.4 Nm @ 9,000 rpm. Transmission is via a 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) unit.
In order to offer best in class riding dynamics, the design and weight distribution of engine and chassis has been done in such a way that they act as a single structural unit of the frame. To keep the bike light as possible, it is built on a monocoque aluminium frame.
The front suspension is in the form of Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork while the rear suspension is via Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Wrapping the 17-inch alloys are Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres, with 120/70 in the front and 180/60 at the rear. Braking is via twin 320 mm discs in the front and single 245 mm disc at the rear, both featuring Bosch ABS as standard.
Speaking about dimensions and weight – the new Ducati 959 Panigale stands at 2056 mm long, 1115 mm tall, and 810 mm wide. It has a wheelbase of 1431 mm and a seat height of 830 mm. Dry weight stands at 176 kg while kerb weight is 190 kg. Fuel tank capacity is 17 liters. Also, on offer is a fully digital instrument panel.