It is now almost confirmed (officially) that Ducati is working on a new Superleggera model and we’ve got more details of the bike, including its expected price.
7/11/2016 Update: New set of leaked images have revealed the 1299 Superleggera in its entirety. Since its debut is just around the corner, we will be writing up a detailed article then. However, here are some known facts about the bike:
- Power- 215bhp
- Weight- 150 kg (dry)
- Exhaust- WSBK-spec Akrapovic
- Carbon Fiber extensively used (frame, swingarm and wheels)
- Only 500 units to be made
- Price $80,000
The new Superleggera is being developed under codename ‘project 1408’ and its details are available to Ducati’s VIP customers on a micro website under the same name. As expected, screenshots from the website have made its way in to many Ducati forums.
Here are more details:
Ducati 1299 Superleggera features
What better to do justice to the ‘Supereggera’ name than some god ol’ Carbon fibre. The 1299 ‘Superlight’ will use lots of them and its chassis is made entirely of this material. We can also expect it to be used on the bike’s Swingarm and headstock/airbox as well.
New lightweight Ohlin suspension (not the heavy electronic semi active version), lighter fairing and a ‘WSBK inspired’ titanium Akrapovic exhaust in Ducati’s ‘two pipe rocket ship’ format are also heard to be provided.
All these changes helps to shave off considerable numbers from the bike’s dry weight and the Ducati 1299 Supperleggera could end up with 150 kg on scale. In comparison, its 1199 iteration weighd 155 kg and their current MotoGp bike weighs 157 kg.
Ducati 1299 Superleggera Engine
The Ducati Superleggera 1299 will not just be the lightest motorcycle from the manufacturer, it will also be the most powerful. The bike comes equipped with a 215 hp+ V-Twin motor with lighter components (pistons, connecting rods etc), amounting to a very formidable power-to-weight ratio.
Ducati 1299 Superleggera Price and launch
According to a recent report by A&R, the 1299 Superleggera will command a price of $80,000 which is high even by Ducati standards. But this shouldn’t faze any potential customers of the limited run model.
The new Ducati SL will be unveiled at this year’s EICMA in November, with launch likely to happen early next year.