The folks at Bologna have unveiled the new 959 for 2016, by giving the older 899 a major boost! Take a look at this stunner in action:
Ducati has launched the new 959 Panigale as an update to its already very powerful 899. The new 959 features a larger engine along with certain changes, to meet the new stricter Euro 4 standards along with subtle updates and tweaks to its chassis. The MV Agusta F3 800 and the Suzuki GSX R-750 were the two main rivals to the old 899 and this new machine should keep the competition at bay at least for the foreseeable future.
The 959 Panigale is just as beautiful as its predecessor. In fact, some minor changes in the visuals give the 959 even more character and charm. The twin headlamps, the underbody exhaust (the Euro bike comes with a twin side exhaust) and the tightly packed rear tail section bestow the Panigale with an unholy combination of absolute grace and rage. The 959 features new intake ports right below the headlamps along with slightly reworked side panels and headlamp housings. The new updates give the 959 a more grown-up, mature and less angular look compared to the older 899.
At the heart of this raging Super-mid Supersport is the signature Panigale Superquadro L-twin motor that has been enlarged to produce 157 HP at 10,500 rpm and 107.4 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. The engine displacement has been increased with the help of a longer piston stroke. To accommodate the larger stroke, Ducati has redesigned the crankshaft to include a state of the art crank journal lubrication system along with brand new con-rods. The boffins in Bologna have added a new DLC (Diamond like Carbon) coating on the piston pins along with a ribbed design for the aluminium top covers to reduce mechanical noise. The 959’s engine like all Ducatis benefit from the Desmodromic Valves, that are mechanically operated. These valves, unlike traditional springs allow for radical cam timings and steep cam profiles to give the engine its signature Ducati powertrain. What this essentially means, is that the Superquadro motor is butter smooth and puts down an outrageous power and torque curve making the 959 Panigale a real threat on the track along with an exquisite engine note that thunders and startles.
The 959’s transmission is a six-speed gearbox and features a 1299 inspired oil bath clutch. The new clutch features a progressive self-servo mechanism that gives the rider a lighter feeling clutch that was missing on the old 899 along with frictional efficiency. On the race track, this same mechanism reduces pressure on the clutch plates giving a proper race derived “slipper” action. Like its older sibling – the 1299, the 959 Panigale features a die-cast aluminium monocoque that uses the engine as a major stress member providing compactness and rigidity to the overall structure. The 959 also features the same twin-sided swing arm as the 899.
On the suspension front, the 959 is equipped with 43 mm upside-down Showa BPF (Big Piston Fork) forks that are fully adjustable in spring preload and compression, along with rebound damping. The Showa forks help in damping control at lower speeds as well. The front suspension also hosts an adjustable steering damper. Rear suspension is a fully adjustable unorthodox side-mounted Sachs monoshock. The 959 has a 10 spoke wheel design and features 120/70 ZR17 front tyre and a 180/60/ZR17 rear tyre that come with sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas. Braking is offered with Brembo’s monobloc callipers actuated by master cylinders, dual floating 320mm at the front and a single 245mm disc at the rear.
The 959 Panigale, like all modern Ducati superbikes, hosts an abundant electronics package. The DTC (Ducati Traction Control) uses the same software logic as the MotoGP and World Superbike Ducati Corse motorcycles, and offers a choice of eight settings developed to respond to any environmental situation. The 959 also has DQS (Ducati Quick shift), that allows instant clutch free upshifts along with EBC (Engine Brake Control) to keep a track on the rear wheel under heavy deceleration. Riding modes on the 959 are pre-programmed to instantly change the bike’s personality based on the ABS, DTC and EBC levels of intervention as well manipulating the power modes.
To conclude, we would say, the new 959 Panigale is a true blooded Ducati motorcycle that is gorgeous to behold and performs at the very top. This Panigale with its latest updates will lead the charge in the Super Mid category as a class leader, both in terms of Performance and Styling.