Posted: 10 Oct 2012
Ducati admits the 1199 Panigale was the most demanding machine to create in all its years as the leading Italian motorcycle producer. But hours spent with design application and testing of new technology finally came to fruition and was instantly repaid with critical acclaim from not just the motorcycling world but creative design studios and aficionados of petrol-fired performance.
Ducati’s 1199 Panigale is the mechanical marriage of beauty and the beast. Stunning looks meet the most powerful V-twin ever produced. MotoGP chassis technology gels with revolutionary engine and electronic components
Quite simply, the Ducati 1199 Panigale is the ultimate Italian motorcycle money can buy. But we hear it will soon be bettered with the ultimate in replacement performance exhausts from Akrapovic.
According to an Akrapovic insider, 22 years of exhaust manufacturing technology has gone into producing this latest Akrapovic exhaust – that’s a lot of know-how. Despite this, just like Ducati in building the Panigale, the design effort Akrapovic put into making the ultimate exhaust was the most challenging the Slovenian company has ever faced.
Every section of the exhaust is apparently produced from titanium alloy usually reserved for aeronautical technology. The power-to-weight ratio of the 1199 Panigale should increase dramatically with the fitment of the Akrapovic exhaust – the use of titanium alloys are not just for show and exclusivity.
The complex design and routing of the exhaust system subsequently leads to lessons in precise tube forming and surgical-like TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas) welding of the complicated sections. Of course, all done by human eyes, hands and much skill.
We expect, as with all Akrapovic exhaust systems, the new 1199 Panigale exhaust will be race-ready straight from the box and fulfil noise requirements for SuperStock and World Superbike championships as set by ruling body FIM.
It’s rumoured the rigorously tested exhaust system will be aired for the first time on 15th November, 2012 under the bright lights of the 70th Eicma International Motorcycle Exhibition, Milan.