- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 05 June 2014
The Ducati 1199 Panigale Superbike took the spotlight at a recent event in Milan, winning the prestigious Italian award for design, Compasso d'Oro.
The 23rd edition of the awards was held at the former Ansaldo works on 28 May when as many as 270 products were presented as part of the ceremony.
The Italian brand has always been focused on the style and the design of its bikes and this focus has become a principle feature of Ducati's iconic machines, Wheelsology commented.
Compasso d'Oro is held once every three years and selects the most notable and quality products to take home the prestigious ADI Compasso d'Oro award.
The Ducati 1199 Panigale is the first bike ever to receive this honour. Ducati's motorcycle was awarded the Compasso d'Oro with words of praise for having transferred competition-level performance to a mass-production bike that remains consistent with Ducati's traditional image.
Over the past 60 years Compasso d'Oro has been awarded to over 300 projects, with 2,000 others receiving "honourable mentions." They now represent the Historical Collection of the ADI Compasso d'Oro awards.
The Ducati 1199 Panigale was first introduced in 2011 at the Milan Motorcycle Show. The superbike was named after Borgo Panigale, a small manufacturing town in Italy. Ducati claims that its 1199 Panigale has the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios of all bikes in production. The Panigale has a dry weight of 164 kilograms and a kerb weight of 188 kilograms.