The new 2015 bikes include the 1299 Panigale that promises to set a whole new on-track standard, thanks to raw power and sophisticated electronics and a new Multistrada 1200. There are also three other new models such as the Panigale R, Diavel Titanium and Monster Stripes.
The 1299 Panigale makes use of a 1 285cc Superquadro engine with 150kW/144.6Nm. This, coupled with a dry weight of 166.5kg, means it will be a very fast machine, indeed. To rein in all that power, there’s a new electronic package, specifically designed for the 1299 Panigale and incorporated in the three different riding modes. Thanks to the presence of the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), riders have cornering ABS, along with Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) and, on the S version, the Öhlins Smart EC, an event-based suspension control system. The 1299 features, for the first time on a road-legal Ducati Superbike, the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), used for down-changing too; this sharpens track performance even further, while making the bike easier to use on a daily basis.
The new Multistrada 1200 will feature the latest Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine. The DVT engine features a variable valve timing system with independent control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts. This optimises engine performance throughout the power range in all riding conditions, ensuring maximum power at high revs, smooth power delivery, punchy low rpm torque and low fuel consumption in full compliance with the latest Euro 4 regulations.
All models now feature Electronic Cruise Control (ECC), which the rider can set as desired using controls incorporated in the switchgear on the left handlebar. On the S version, a Bluetooth module is included as standard, via the Ducati Multimedia System. This allows the bike to be connected to a smartphone for easy multimedia control of key functions such as receiving incoming calls, notification of text messages or playing music via the handlebar controls and colour TFT dashboard. Thanks to an iOS/Android app, the Bluetooth connection lets riders use bike data to activate other functions, which enhance, extend or let them share their everyday riding or touring experiences via interaction with the ducati.com website and social networks.
For 2015, the brand has also made a limited edition Diavel that uses titanium carbon in its craftsmanship and finishes, to create the Diavel Titanium.