Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Ducati unveils 899 Panigale to replace 848 Evo in 2014.

Ducati has unveiled the new 899 Panigale which is said to replace the 848 Evo. This smaller sibling of the reknowned Panigale churns out 148bhp power at 10,750rpm and 99Nm of torque at 9,750rpm. It is lighter and more powerful than the 848 evo and resultantly, faster too. 

The bike comes with advanced electronic goodies like DQS (Ducati QuickShifter), DTC (Ducati Traction Control), Ducati Riding Modes, Ducati Data Analyzer to help you on your track session and the EBC (Engine Braking Control).

If we look into the structure and frame of the bike,  it is based on an all new monocoque chassis and the swingarm is a two-sided one unlike the bigger Panigale which sports a stylish single sided swingarm. The wheels are 17" 10-spoke alloys with the Pirelli Rosso Corsa 120/70Z R17 plonked at front and 180/60Z R17 at rear. As always, the brakes come from Brembo being 320mm twin discs with a radial mount 4-piston monobloc caliper at front and 2-pot single disc setup at rear, offering great stopping power to the rider. The ABS unit is a 3-stage switchable one (Racing, Sport and Wet mode).

The technical specs-sheet reads as:

Engine: Superquadro: L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement: 898cc
Bore x Stroke: 100mm x 57.2mm
Compression: 12.5:1
Power: 148hp (109kw) @ 10,750rpm
Torque: 73 lb-ft (99Nm) @ 9,000rpm
Fuel Injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Single injector per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust: 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes.Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminum outer sleeves.
Emissions: Euro 3
Gear Box: 6 Speed
Ratio: 1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24.
Primary Drive: Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.77:1
Final Drive: Chain 520; Front Sprocket 15; Rear Sprocket 44
Clutch: Wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Frame: Monocoque aluminum
Wheelbase: 1,426mm (56.14in)
Rake: 24°
Trail: 96mm (3.78in)
Steering Angle: 52°
Front Suspension: Showa BPF 43mm fully adjustable usd fork
Front Wheel Travel: 120mm (4.72in)
Front Wheel: 10-spoke light alloy 3.50″x17″
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa
Front Brake: 2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4-32 callipers with ABS.
Rear Brake: 245mm disc, 2-piston caliper
Fuel Tank: 4.5 gallons
Dry Weight: 169kg (372.5 pounds)
Wet Weight: 193kg (425.5 pounds)
Seat Height: 830mm (32.48in)
Max Height: 1100mm (43.31in)
Max Length: 2075mm (81.69in)
Instrumentation: LCD
Ducati Electronics: DTC, DQS, EBC, Riding Modes
Warranty: Two years unlimited mileage
Versions: Dual seat


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