The new Ducati 959 Panigale gets a 955cc displacement increase on its now Euro4-compliant engine, via a longer stroke, and 155 horsepower, up from the 148hp in the 899.
Suspension is provided by Showa and is fully adjustable, while the double-sided swingarm remains. However, it is the bike’s titanium shotgun exhaust that will be talking point among most Ducatisti when the 959 goes on sale n 2016 although half of them would probably exchange it for an after-market version.
The new 959 Panigale has been given a few cosmetic updates in order to reinvent the current 899’s design, but the main reason is to ensure the bike can pass Euro-4 emissions and noise regulations. So instead of just revising the 899 Panigale to comply with Euro4 emissions, Ducati decided to come up with the successor.
The size of the enormous shotgun-like twin exhaust stacked on the 959’s right hand side is a massive change from the outgoing bike’s slender flanks, and almost invisible under belly exhausts, and could well be a sign of what’s to come for many manufacturers as the Euro4 legislation comes into force.
The new V-twin engine in the 959 Panigale is the first of the Superquadro engines from Ducati to pass Euro4 regulations. Reducing internal friction is a big part of being able to pass Euro4 as not only does it reduce emissions because of the greater efficiency of the engine but it also helps to reduce mechanical noise. In this way a new Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coating on the piston pins and a redesigned piston crown, a pair of new cylinder heads and aluminum top covers with a ribbed design have been installed in order to reduce mechanical noise.
Oval throttle bodies are now joined by twin fuel injectors; one above and one below the butterfly, and these are independently controlled by the ride-by-wire throttle system. The new engine uses the Ducati secondary air system, which works to maximize the most efficient burn of the fuel/air mixture and prevent un-burnt hydrocarbons being released.
The clutch has a new innovation for an engine from the Superquadro family with a new ‘self servo’ mechanism that reduces the effort needed to operate the clutch. This same mechanism also works in reverse as slipper clutch to prevent back torque locking the rear wheel.
Other changes follow those made to the range-topping 1299 Panigale released at the start of 2015, and include a wider and more protective front fairing which came as a direct result of feedback from the factory World Superbike racing team.
Despite the fairing now being wider, the new 959 Panigale should still be able to filter thru traffic congestion with ease, compared to most of the Japanese and Europe 600cc class supersport bikes. It also features a wider and taller windscreen, and larger diameter air intakes to ensure the airbox can gulp plenty of fresh air at high speeds. Key feature attributes of the 959 Panigale include Electronics, Dash, Data Analyzer and Chassis.
Ducati XDiavel debuts at EICMA
The all-new Ducati XDiavel, one of the nine new variants from the Bologna factory, also premiered at EICMA. The XDiavel, built from ground up, comes with a new 1262cc engine, feet forward riding position, belt-drive, improved chassis and bodywork.
The Ducati XDiavel engine’s capacity has increased to 1262cc, with a new addition comprising the Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) system. In addition, noticeable changes for the new XDiavel are the relocated water pump and belt-drive fitment
Despite the intense competitions from many traditional cruisers, the XDiavel still retains its position as a bike with cutting-edge features: adjustable riding modes, cornering ABS, ride-by-wire and traction control and Ducati launch control.
The Ducati XDiavel is expected to reach showrooms in the U.S.A., early next year. It remains the one model Ducati strives to elevate into the mainstream cruiser market, given the abundance of cruisers available in North America.