Ducati has unveiled the highly-anticipated successor to its popular 848 superbike today at the 2013 Franfurt Motor Show. The new bike, christened the 899 Panigale, is a middleweight superbike based on the company’s flagship model, the 1199 Panigale. Like its predecessors, the 899 intends to tread the thin line between top-notch track performance and everyday usability, while making the technological innovations pioneered in the 1199 accessible to a larger audience.
Visually, the 899 looks identical to the 1199 save for the signature single-sided swingarm, which has been replaced by a more conventional double sided setup. The bike is powered by an all-new 898cc version of the Superquadro 90deg V-Twin engine that outputs 148 bhp @ 10,750 rpm and 98 Nm of torque @ 9000 rpm, which are transmitted via a six-speed gearbox. It also incorporates the same monocoque chassis construction as the 1199 Panigale, which allows packaging all the components in a compact form that aids in better mass centralization and results in a low dry weight of 169 kgs.
Although Ducati pegs the 899 Panigale as the entry-level model to its Superbike line-up, the bike is anything but entry-level, incorporating most of the latest race-derived technology from its bigger sibling. The bike is equipped as standard with the fully integrated Riding Mode technologies of Ride-by-Wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC), and the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system. The suspension system employs fully adjustable Showa Big Piston front forks and Sachs rear monoshock, while the braking department is handled by a pair of 320mm discs and Brembo Monobloc calipers at the front wheel and a 245mm disc and a single-piston Brembo caliper at the rear. The 899 rides on lightweight 10-spoke 17in. alloy wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres designed specifically for the bike.
The Ducati 899 Panigale retails at $14,995 (Rs 9,54,000) in the USA, and is available in Ducati’s signature Red with black wheels or Arctic White with red wheels. The bike’s Indian launch details are unknown, but with even the 1199 Panigale and the new Hypermotard still at large, it is safe to say that the 899 won’t be reaching our shores anytime soon.
Here are some official images of the 899 Panigale from Ducati: