With first deliveries of Ducati’s carbon-fibre framed Superleggera 1299 taking place in the UK this week, we take a closer look at Ducati’s exclusive carbon masterpiece.
Making more power than a factory Ducati world superbike, and weighing in at an incredible 167kg fully-fuelled, some 23.5kg lighter than Ducati’s 1299 Panigale, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera is the most exclusive Ducati superbike currently available.
The Superleggera 1299 costs an incredible £72,000 and all bikes were sold out before it was officially shown to the world with Ducati using its extensive database of former Superleggera 1199 and Desmosedici customers to target buyers with plenty of Euros and ready to add to their collections.
Just 500 Ducati Superleggera 1299s are being made, with an estimated 20 bikes coming to lucky UK owners.
Featuring a full carbon-fibre frame, carbon-fibre fairing, carbon-fibre swingarm and, yes, you guessed it, carbon-fibre wheels, the Superleggera 1299 is the first production motorcycle made from carbon-fibre.
Strangely the petrol tank is not carbon-fibre, with Ducati choosing to use aluminium instead. Interestingly, the new Norton V4SS uses a carbon-fibre tank.
Ducati say the frame is some 40 per cent lighter than the standard Ducati Panigale’s monocoque chassis.
Everything that is possible in modern motorcycle engineering has gone in to the Superleggera to make it the lightest and most advanced Ducati superbike ever.
Along with the full carbon treatment, top-spec Ohlins FL936 upside down 43mm front forks are fitted with an Ohlins TTX36 shock absorber featuring a titanium spring at the rear (saving 0.5kg in weight). Both front and rear suspension set-ups are fully adjustable. Superbike-spec Brembo M50 monobloc caliper are matched to huge 330mm discs at the front.
Insiders tell us that the bike is so powerful that it makes more mid-range and top-end power than the Aruba. IT factory Ducati world superbike racer ridden by Brit Chaz Davies.
Ducati claim that 215bhp is delivered at 11,000rpm with 107.7ft-lb of torque coming in at 9000rpm. The exhaust itself is made by Akrapovic from titanium and features high-mounted twin silencers. We can’t wait to hear one.
The motor itself uses sand cast crankcases, titanium con-rods, titanium intake and exhaust valves with 116mm pistons to boost compression ratio with aluminium cylinder liners to reduce weight further.
Harnessing all that power is the most advanced set of electronic aids yet fitted to a road-going superbike. We’re talking MotoGP-derived technology with everything from next level six-channel Bosch traction-control, slide control, wheelie control, engine brake control, launch control and cornering ABS.
Every bike will come with a number plaque, a racing exhaust system, bike cover, front and rear paddock stands, racing screen, a sidestand removal kit and mirror blanking plates ready to turn it into the ultimate track day bike.
Thanks to Moto Rapido Ducati for the pic of the bikes in the dealership.