Posted: 22 Oct 2013
Ducati has introduced its latest limited edition dream model – the highly exclusive 1199 Superleggera.
The new machine combines titanium, magnesium and carbon fibre to set the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history. The new machine will produce more than 200hp and weighs in at just 155kg (dry weight).
With just 500 models being assembled at Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy, the Superleggera is sure to follow the success of the manufacturer's other iconic limited edition machines, including the Desmosedici RR.
The machine's baseline is inspired by the already impressive 1199 Panigale ‘R’ specification. The Superleggera incorporates a magnesium monocoque frame and forged Marchesini magnesium wheels before taking lightweight to the extreme with a carbon fibre rear sub-frame and bodywork, lithium-ion battery (LIB) and full titanium exhaust system with stainless steel headers.
Additional enhancements include lightweight Ohlins FL916 front suspension with fully-machined fork bottoms and an Ohlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring.
The Superleggera’s Brembo M50 Monobloc brakes inherit a racing-style MCS 19-21 front master cylinder and remote adjuster and its final drive gets upgraded with a lightweight Ergal rear sprocket, and World Superbike-spec 520 drive chain.
The Superquadro engine, which sports titanium con-rods and inlet valves, now adds titanium exhaust valves, and, for the first time on a Ducati street engine, special two-ring pistons. These pistons, usually found on racing Superbikes, use short skirts and only two rings (compression and oil), allowing them to dramatically reduce mass and friction.
The Superleggera’s outstanding power-to-weight ratio can be enhanced even further with the supplied track-only Race Kit. The kit, which increases power by 5hp and reduces weight by 2.5kg, consists of a titanium Akrapovic race exhaust system including silencers and 2-in-1 collector, high racing windscreen, dedicated dust cover, front and rear paddock stands, machined mirror fill-caps, and removal kits for the registration plate holder, and sidestand.
The model’s electronics are also upgraded thanks to the new system for managing front-wheel lift Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) which is based on an Inertial Platform. This DWC system, along with Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC), is optimised with new automatic calibration of rear-tyre size and final transmission ratio.