To celebrate its 90th anniversary, the Italian motorcycle maker unveiled a special version of its 1299 Panigale S at World Ducati Week 2016 in Misano Italy, produced in a limited run of just 500 units.
The new Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario shaves 2kg off the standard model, weighing in at just 164kg when empty, thanks to a build featuring more carbon fiber parts. The 1285cc, 205hp twin-cylinder Superquadro engine also gets upgraded electronic technologies such as the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), both in their latest versions.
The Ducati brand dates back to July 4, 1926, when brothers Bruno and Marcello Ducati, and their father, Antonio, founded the Societa Scientifica Radio Brevetti Ducati in Bologna, Italy. However, it was only from 1946 onwards that the firm started making motorcycles, having previously only specialised in manufacturing components for devices such as cameras, calculators and radios.
The new bike has already been put through its paces on the test track by two-time MotoGP world champion and Ducati brand ambassador, Casey Stoner.
This exceptional and customizable bike will sell from £25,139 or €29,590 (approx. $32,945), with the standard 1299 Panigale S is also available for £22,420 or €26,390 (approx. $29,381).