Posted: 10 Sep 2013
Ducati have unveiled their “mid-range” (using the term lightly) version of the stunning Panigale at the VW Group Night in Frankfurt, Germany on the eve of the IAA International Motor Show, which runs from 12-22 September.
Ducati claim the 899, dubbed the ‘minigale’ by some, is designed ‘to provide the thrill of the 1199 with the characteristics of an everyday street bike.
The new Superquadro L-twin 898cc engine produces 148bhp with a torque of 73lb-ft. Packed with the latest superbike technology, the 899 is fitted with the Ducati Quick Shift, Ride-by-wire, triple stage ABS, Ducati’s traction control system and engine break control as standard. The ‘Supermid’ comes with a wet clutch and as of yet, there have been no plans announced for tricolore or S version to mirror the 1199 models.
The 899 Panigale will be available from late October onwards in traditional Ducati red with black wheels or arctic white silk with red wheels.
In the UK, it’ll set you back a £12,495 which puts the Panigale in line with the price tags of the BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4, so if you were a little wary of these wild 200hp machines, the 899 could be a plausible alternative.