Ducati Panigale R Superleggera – fact or fiction?

We love a tantalising teaser like this here at SuperBike, and they don’t come more tantalising than rumours of a very special Ducati Panigale R.

Dubbed the ‘Superleggera’ there are a few headline catching figures being thrown around.

There will be a limited run of 500 bikes, each costing around £40,000.

The current Panigale R isn’t exactly heavy, but with even lighter (not to mention more expensive) titanium and carbon fibre components, it is reported to be a massive 18kg lighter than the ‘R’, which means the Superleggera would tip the scales at an almost unbelievable 171kg fully fuelled and ready to go.

Combine that with 220bhp from the 1199cc V-Twin Superquadro engine and it’s hard to imagine how anyone could tame the thing.  That’s where the next generation electronics package comes in.  Rivalling the industry leading APRC kit from Aprilia the Superleggera has a setup that is a direct descendant of the package used by Ducati Corse in WSBK and MotoGP.

Don’t rush off to your nearest Ducati dealer just yet to put down a deposit though.  The potential owners of the 500 being built are being chosen by Ducati in an invite-only affair, much like the way the original Desmosedici RR’s were sold.

More details and maybe even a picture or two will be released before the EICMA show in November.

Coming soon?  We hope so

Coming soon? We hope so