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With the Panigale named after Ducati’s home town of Borgo Panigale in Bologna, when the day came that the model was going to be retired Ducati was always going to make a fuss.

And what a fuss, with the Panigale R Final Edition not only looking absolutely stunning in its tri-colour paint scheme, but also able to make a claim for the title of the “most powerful Ducati ever produced” alongside the Superleggera.

With 209hp and a stonking 142Nm of grunt at the crank of its Superleggera derived Superquadro engine, it is a fitting farewell not only to the Panigale nameplate, but also to the Ducati V-twin superbike with the marque currently in development a V-4 to replace the Panigale.

The Panigale R Final Edition is loaded with plenty of top shelf touches to make it that extra bit special. With each bike off the line getting its own number, but with production not restricted to a limited number, each bike will be a collectors item in its own right.

Brembo M50 calipers provide ample stopping for all that power, while suspension is take care of thanks to the folks at Öhlins with the Swedish firm supplying a fully adjustable TTX36 monoshock and TiN-coated pair of 43mm USD forks up front. Unlike other top shelf bikes, adjusting the suspension is left to the rider and not to a computer, which further adds to the experience.

Ducati haven’t shunned away from electronics however, with the Panigale R Final Edition featuring not only Ducati Traction Control EVO, but also Wheelie Control EVO, and Engine Brake Control EVO, all managed by a Bosch IMU. There’s also the obligatory bi-directional Ducati Quickshifter and three rider modes.

All in all the Panigale R Final Edition is everything you could ever want in a Ducati sportsbike, that is, until the next latest and greatest bike rolls out of the factory doors in Bologna.

With the “regular” Panigale R coming in at a cool $54,990 it’d be reasonable to expect the numbered Final Edition to cost a fair whack more, and it does.

To get your hands on this top tier Ducati which will have collectors tripping over each other to get their hands on, you’ll need $69,990 to make one of the Final Edition bikes yours.

Better start saving then, as chances are Ducati’s final V-twin superbike will only go up in value!

The Spec Sheet

DUCATI 1299 PANIGALE R FINAL EDITION

Engine

Engine

Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled

Displacement

1,285 cc

Bore X stroke

116 x 60,8 mm

Compression ratio

13,0:1

Power *

209hp @ 11,000 rpm

Torque

142Nm @ 9,000 rpm

Fuel injection

Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full Ride-by-Wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valve and optimized trumpets

Exhaust

2-1-2 system, primary tubes in titanium. Twin titanium mufflers. 2 lambda probes and 2 catalytic converters

Transmission

Gearbox

6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down

Primary drive

Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1

Ratio

1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24

Final drive

Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39

Clutch

Hydraulically controlled slipper/self-servo wet multiplate clutch

Chassis

Frame

Monocoque aluminium

Front suspension

Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable usd fork with TiN treatment

Front wheel

3 spoke W shape forged light alloy 3.5 x 17-inch

Front tyre

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17

Rear Suspension

Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit, adjustable linkage: progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm

Rear Wheel

3 spoke W shape forged light alloy 6 x 17-inch

Rear tyre

Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17

Wheel travel (front/rear)

120 mm – 130 mm

Front brake

2 x 330mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M50 – 4 piston callipers with Cornering ABS as standard equipment

Rear brake

245mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Cornering ABS as standard equipment

Instrumentation

Colour TFT display

Dimensions and weights

Dry weight

168 kg

Wet weight no fuel

179 kg

Kerb weight

190 kg (90% fuel and all other fluids)

Seat height

830 mm

Wheelbase

1,443 mm

Rake

24°

Front wheel trail

96 mm

Fuel tank capacity

17-litre

Number of seats

Single seat

Standard equipment

Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack (Cornering ABS Bosch + DTC EVO), Ducati Quickshift (DQS) up/down, Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Engine Brake Control (EBC), Fully Ride by Wire (RbW), Ducati Data Analyser (DDA+) with GPS and lean angle acquisition, Auto tyre calibration, Rapid setting DTC, DWC, EBC, Titanium connecting rods and valves, Balanced crankshaft, Lithium-ion battery, Auxiliary adjustment buttons, Forged Marchesini aluminium wheels, Akrapovič homologated full titanium exhaust

Additional equipment

Racing windshield, Machined mirror block-off plates, License plate mount removal plug

Warranty

Warranty (months)

24 months unlimited mileage

Maintenance (km/months)

12,000 km / 12 months

Valve clearance adjustment (km)

12,000 km – street use

Emissions

Standard

Euro 4

Consumption

6,7 l/100km – CO2 154 g/km