Among the excitement at this year’s World Ducati Week Festival was the unveiling of what will represent the absolute epitome of passionate, exclusive motorcycling. Typically these words describe Ducati in general. But to celebrate the firm’s 90th anniversary, things had to be taken up a notch, or many notches.
As a commemoration of such a significant birthday, the bike, which is a physical culmination of the brand’s distinguished history and its perseverance over nearly a decade, the 1299 Panigale S Anniversario needed to be more than merely state of the art. The vehicle’s production will be limited to a mere 500 units, assuring the utmost in exclusivity to a crowd already accustomed to uniqueness.
Everything about the bike is intended to set it apart from the rest of the pack. Use of the finest materials, the most advanced technologies available to the firm, and even a distinctive livery. Such technologies include advanced traction control, wheelie control and engine braking mitigation, just to name a few. All of the aforementioned systems are designed to assist the rider in his/her attempt to get as much out of the 205hp Anniversario as is possible. To further establish the relationship between this rare bike and the perception of hardcore racing, Ducati racer Casey Stoner put the bike through its paces around the famed Misano Circuit.
As we know, sheer power alone is not the proper formulation for a machine intended to impress on the track. Consequently, Ducati has sought to reduce the weight of the vehicle, enabling it to be both powerful and agile. An example of how they’ve reduced the weight when contrasted with the ‘typical’ Panigale S is the use of a new battery. Doing away with heavier lead-acid battery and replacing it with a new lithium ion unit, Ducati has managed to shave off 2 kilograms with this single measure.
Other exclusive features include a more efficient, underbody Akrapovi? exhaust, carbon fiber galore, and even an aluminum top triple clamp, upon which a laser inscribed number displays which of the 500 units it is.
As of now, there remains one seemingly significant datum which has not yet been revealed; the price. Due to the vehicle’s importance and it being a Ducati, anticipate a price which accurately reflects this. Then again, can you really put a price on owning a piece of history?