Sunday, December 7, 2014

Ducati 1299 Panigale and new Multistrada 1200 amongst a host of new models for UK

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On the back of a record breaking 2014, Ducati 2015 model range are the stunning 1299 Panigale, the race ready Panigale R, the new generation Multistrada 1200, the limited edition Diavel Titanium and the exclusive Monster 1200 S and 821 stripe.

Ducati Motorcycle
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The launch of a new Ducati Superbike always causes a stir and none more so than the 1299 Panigale with its 1285 cm3 Superquadro engine, raising the standard once again in terms of performance thanks to its incredible torque with a value of 144.6 Nm at 8,750 rpm, a dry weight of 166.5 kg (367 lb) and maximum power of 205 hp at 10,500 rpm. With an extremely high power to weight ratio, the 1299 Panigale has become a new benchmark standard for very high performance bikes.

Despite more torque and being more powerful and responsive than the 1199, the bike it replaces, it is easier and safer to ride thanks to the use of innovative solutions devised by Ducati Corse. This is no small part due to the new electronic kit, designed specifically for the 1299 Panigale and integrated into the three Riding Modes that combine with the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to allow cornering ABS to be made available, along with Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC).

The S version is fitted with the innovative Öhlins Smart EC system – an event-based control system for the suspension. This system takes into account the signals measured and/or elaborated by the bike's other ECUs, modifying the set-up of the suspension during use in order to improve cornering grip, stability, braking, corner entry and handling. The system, which was developed in collaboration with Öhlins uses a NIX-30 fork with TIN treatment on the fork tubes, a TTX shock absorber, and a steering damper regulating each one independently.

Performance and electronics are not the sole preserve of the Superbike family as can be seen with the hugely impressive new Multistrada 1200. Ducati’s technological expertise has produced the new Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine. In what is a first for the motorcycle industry, 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 thus ensuring maximum power at high rpm, fluid delivery, punchy low-rpm torque and low fuel consumption in full compliance with the latest Euro 4 regulations.

The new Multistrada 1200 also sets a new electronics benchmark thanks to cutting edge technology. The Multistrada includes an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) linking the cornering ABS system and enabling control of the Ducati Cornering Lights and Ducati Wheelie Control. All models now feature Electronic Cruise Control and on the S version a Bluetooth module which allows the bike to be connected to a smartphone for multimedia control of key functions. The S version also maintains the semi-active Skyhook suspension.

The Diavel range has been an incredible success establishing a new sector of sports cruisers and maintaining and increasing its popularity with the recently updated version. Now the ultimate in self-expression, desirability and prestige has joined the Ducati line-up, the Diavel Titanium. This 500 limited edition bike features titanium, carbon fibre, high tech craftsmanship and finishing touches of outstanding quality.

The latest Monster range, only released this year, sees some new additions with the new stripe versions of the Monster 821 and Monster 1200 S. The stripe is characterised by a red colour scheme with a white double side-stripe on mudguard, tank and passenger seat cover. Both bikes also have a red-painted nose fairing, while the Monster 821 Stripe is also equipped with adjustable forks and the Monster 1200 S Stripe with a Ducati Performance carbon undertail plate holder and belt covers.

Whilst all these new model editions to the Ducati brand will cause a great deal of excitement it is the launch of a new Ducati brand, the Ducati Scrambler and its four innovative, highly appealing versions that will create substantial curiosity. In a dedicated area, located near to the Ducati stand, the now unmistakable yellow containers will be instilling a fun and informal atmosphere. Here visitors can experience the ‘land of joy’  taking the time to get to know this new world, sitting on the bikes, viewing garments from the Ducati Scrambler clothing collection and taking time to decide how to personalise their Scrambler with an extensive array of accessories.  

The Ducati stand can be found in Hall 3, stand number E30 which also features the Ducati clothing and the latest 2015 collection. Adjacent to Ducati will be the new Ducati Scrambler brand on stand number E10

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