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Carbon

Basic and essential, Carbon is the most unassuming of high performance materials.

Its secret is a molecular structure that allows Carbon to assume diverse forms from the softest graphite, to the hardest diamond. In its most enticing form, Carbon exists as thin fibres which are precisely woven together, bound by epoxy, hand-laid into molds, and baked in an autoclave. This Carbon-fibre composite has an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio and outstanding stiffness – which, most importantly, can be “tuned” by different fibre layouts to give components the exact structural characteristics desired.

Tungsten

Tungsten, known also as Wolfram, is a rare substance with the highest melting point of any metal.

Its extreme density, exceeding that of lead, means that a piece of pure Tungsten is incredibly heavy for its size. Therefore the metal is ideally suited as a balancing component, since being physically small for a given mass, Tungsten counterweights can be located with great precision. It is a paradox exploited at the highest levels of technical performance - in crucial rotating components, the strategic use of dense, heavy Tungsten allows for the lightest and most perfectly balanced overall structure.

Magnesium

Magnesium is a tempestuous metal that does not easily lend itself to refinement.

Alloyed with other elements to temper its capricious nature and formed using the most advanced modern techniques, Magnesium becomes a truly superlative material. Lighter than Aluminium with similar strength, it also offers exceptional vibration damping – the perfect recipe for high-performance components in which minimal weight, and rigidity without stiffness, are especially critical.

Lithium

Ethereal and elusive, Lithium defies the common perception of a metal by being light enough to float.

One of the three elements – together with Helium and Hydrogen – that is thought to have been synthesized in the Big Bang, Lithium has been associated with incredible energy since the beginning of time. With modern technology, it is used to make powerful and compact Lithium-ion batteries, which are much lighter than others with the same output.

Aluminium

The most plentiful metal in the Earth’s crust, Aluminium is widespread and familiar despite being difficult and energy-intensive to extract from ore.

The reason is simple; with 1/3rd the density of steel and ½ that of Titanium, Aluminium can be an ideal choice for components demanding extreme light weight. Combining it with other metals corrects its natural softness, producing a stiff, light, and tough material with high corrosion resistance. One such material, an exotic alloy of Aluminium and Zinc called Ergal, has exemplary strength, lightness, and durability and is used extensively in the aerospace industry for demanding and critical applications like aircraft frames.

Titanium

Titanium was first discovered in the 1700s, but producing it from ore has only been viable for the last 60 years.

In that time, the metal has become as legendary as the Titans for which it was named. As strong as steel but 45% lighter, Titanium withstands corrosion and has an incredible 1660° Celsius melting point. Its performance and toughness give it a significant cost and difficulty to machine, restricting Titanium’s use to only the highest performance applications. For lightweight components operating in extreme conditions, it is the material of choice.

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Frame

The Monoscocca frame, already enormously innovative in its multifunctional minimalism, is transformed into a jewel by being sand-cast in magnesium alloy. Compact and rigid with excellent vibration absorption, the frame forms the ultimate lightweight backbone (-1.1Kg vs. 1199 Panigale R) to support 1199 Superleggera's incredible performance.

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Crankshaft

At the 1199 Superleggera's very heart spins a forged steel crankshaft of exceeding strength, precision balanced with tungsten inserts and lightened to an incredible degree (-396g vs. 1199 Panigale R), beyond in fact what was previously achieved for the Superbike 1199RS. An engineering statement of ultimate performance, this super-crankshaft gives 1199 Superleggera a free-revving character unmatched outside of a premier-class professional race bike.

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Pistons

To absolutely maximize its engine output, 1199 Superleggera uses pistons normally found in World Superbikes. Made of an incredibly light aluminium alloy (-97g each vs. 1199 Panigale R), with a short skirt and two-ring design for minimal friction, these Superbike pistons harness the furious energy of combustion and translate it into tyre-smoking power.

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Subframe

Structural piece, or modern art? A complex subframe artisanally crafted in aerospace-quality carbon fibre is phenomenally light – less than a kilo (-1.2Kg vs. 1199 Panigale R) – and holds electronics as well as 1199 Superleggera's tail. Laterally and torsionally stiff, the subframe also supports the seat, providing an optimal foundation for the rider to assert full control.

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Wheels

Computer designed and optimized, expertly forged from magnesium, and machined to balanced perfection, 1199 Superleggera's wheels are an essential component of its breathtaking performance. An astonishing 1Kg lighter than the already-featherweight wheels of the 1199 Panigale R, their reduction in unsprung rotating mass hugely benefits 1199 Superleggera’s acceleration, braking, and handling.

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Suspension

To keep it always in perfect dynamic control on any surface and at any speed, 1199 Superleggera features customized lightweight (-1.4Kg vs. 1199 Panigale R) suspension from the world-class Swedish suppliers Öhlins, including a titanium-spring TTX36 shock and Superbike-level FL916 lightened front fork with stress-optimized outer tubes and fully machined bottoms.

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Acceleration

To be fast – the primary goal of any performance motorcycle.

Perhaps the most essential component of speed, acceleration gives a bike its visceral thrill on the street and enables scorching lap times on the track.

In a strictly technical sense, the acceleration of a motorcycle is a function of force and mass; to increase it, one must either increase the bike’s power (force), or decrease its weight (mass).

In accord with 1199 Superleggera’s extraordinary nature, its engineers pursued both components of acceleration, giving it maximum power and minimum weight to make it phenomenally quick.

Maximum power begins with an “R” spec Superquadro engine, already the world’s most advanced twin-cylinder.
Titanium exhaust valves are added to its titanium intake valves, all of which are precision-actuated Desmodromically using a dedicated high-performance camshaft. Low friction 2-ring Superbike pistons are fitted, and the combustion chamber’s “squish” area is modified, raising compression to 13.2:1.

The power of combustion is transmitted by titanium rods to an ultra-strong, ultra-lightweight crankshaft, perfectly balanced with exotic tungsten counterweights; while spent gases exit through a high-flow titanium exhaust. The combined result is a stratospheric 200+ hp - the most powerful street engine Ducati has ever made.

Extreme light weight leverages this power to achieve its highest effect. 1199 Superleggera’s engine is bolted to a sand-cast magnesium Monoscocca chassis and carbon fibre subframe, forming the ultimate lightweight foundation.

Every component subsequently added is similarly engineered to be as light as possible, from the readily visible machined-bottom fork and full carbon fibre fairings, to smaller details like titanium and Ergal fasteners, a titanium shock spring, and a lithium-ion battery. Even the footpegs and radiator cap are lightweight, machined pieces unique to the bike.

The drivetrain is paid special attention and receives a Superbike-spec chain and sprocket, titanium axle nuts, and a forged magnesium rear wheel, transmitting maximum engine power to rocket 1199 Superleggera forward like nothing else.

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Handling

Perfect motorcycle handling means many things – ease in corner entry, agility in changing lines, stability when leaned over, and the ability to hold a selected trajectory, among others.

Balancing these qualities is a complex blend of art and science in which geometry, weight distribution, and the properties of selected materials all play large parts.

As in other components of motorcycle performance, mass shows its importance; few goals enable the achievement of a superbly handling motorcycle like weight reduction.

1199 Superleggera’s engineers used the principle of weight reduction to dramatic effect in the area of handling. Forged magnesium wheels, with absolute minimum rotating mass and correspondingly low rotational inertia, enable the bike to tip into curves with instantaneous quickness and precision.

Combined with the lightweight and mass-centralized chassis, they make changes in line similarly effortless. Further, they allow 1199 Superleggera’s peerless suspension to better do its job, maintaining traction and keeping the bike on line at tremendous corner speed.

Overall bike geometry benefits from Ducati Corse’s multiple-world-championship-winning expertise, giving 1199 Superleggera stability while leaned over along with the agility to make lightning-quick side-to-side transitions. Full-throttle corner exits are likewise handled with confidence, as an Öhlins steering damper gives sure-footed composure even with the front tyre only skimming the tarmac, or completely in the air.

Braking

Simply put, brakes are a motorcycle’s most powerful components. An easier aspect to overlook than acceleration or handling, braking is nonetheless of the same - or higher - importance to top-level motorcycle performance.

Ideal brakes provide the force to lift a bike’s rear tyre off the ground from triple-digit speeds, the feel to control it precisely, and the consistency to repeat it perfectly, again and again.

A bike as blindingly fast as 1199 Superleggera requires the best brakes available, so Ducati’s engineers equipped it with Brembo M50 Monobloc front callipers, each milled from a single piece of aluminium.

Controlling these is Brembo’s exclusive new MCS radial master cylinder, which offers the ability to adjust its ratio for the perfect balance of power and feeling. As a pure racing touch, a remote adjuster lets the rider set brake lever distance on-the-fly to compensate for pad wear.

These exemplary braking components are even further enhanced by 1199 Superleggera’s great recurring advantage, its light weight. Forged magnesium wheels and a featherweight chassis offer as little resistance to being slowed down as they do to being accelerated.

And to complete the mechanical package, 1199 Superleggera’s braking system is given electronics in the form of advanced ABS and configurable rear wheel lift-up control, putting unparalleled braking power and ultimate control in the hands of every rider, in all conditions.

Control

Despite the incredible engineering required to maximize a motorcycle’s capability in acceleration, braking, and handling, it is not enough – for until this capability can be exploited by the rider, it remains only potential.

This is why at the very top levels of World Championship motorcycle racing, each bike on the grid is equipped with an extensive array of components designed with the sole purpose of allowing the rider to fully use its performance.

With specifications comparable to those of full World Superbikes, 1199 Superleggera is no different - requiring its engineers to focus equally on achieving incredible performance, and ensuring that it is completely within the rider’s command.

To do so, they used methods both mechanical and electronic; and suspension, as the primary component of mechanical control, was focused on first.
1199 Superleggera receives an exclusive custom FL916 fork from Öhlins, with stress-optimized outer tubes, titanium-nitride treated inner tubes, and fully machined bottoms. Incredibly lightweight, this racing-derived fork works in tandem with the lightweight front wheel to provide supernatural front-end feeling and control over any surface. An Öhlins TTX36 shock, featuring a custom titanium spring, performs the same service for the rear.

A full suite of the most advanced electronics completes 1199 Superleggera’s control package. Ducati Wheelie Control, a race-derived system that manages front-wheel lift, combines with advanced 8-stage traction control and a quick shifter to allow the seamless use of maximum power.

A set of dedicated buttons mounted on the handlebar allows either wheelie control, engine braking control, or traction control to be rapidly adjusted on-the-fly, enabling the bike to be fine tuned even in the middle of a record-setting lap.

Back in the paddock, 1199 Superleggera’s lean-angle and GPS-enabled DDA+ data system allows riders to analyze every last detail of their laps to improve the most important control system of all – themselves.

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Design

Introducing the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera.

Its components, incredible as they may be on their own, become something even greater under the Superleggera’s cohesive vision – to exceed every limit of light weight and performance.

The 1199 Superleggera’s form expresses this goal perfectly. Sleek and aggressive, it is based on the award-winning design of other Ducati Superbikes but features a modified front cowl shape for increased aerodynamic performance at high speeds. Fashioned entirely in carbon fibre, the bodywork wraps tautly around the 1199 Superleggera’s muscular interior and is finished in unmistakable Corse Red to announce the performance within.

The end result is simply the most impressive Ducati ever offered. Fully street-legal, it features ABS, mirrors, lights, and long standard maintenance intervals; while being as light as a full World Superbike and making comparable power. An engineering dream made real, the 1199 Superleggera sets new standards of motorcycle construction, paving the way for the entire Superbike lineup in Ducati’s never-ending quest to advance performance.

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Technical Specifications

The 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive and extreme Ducati ever made.

An unprecedented 200+ horsepower in homologated configuration (205+ with included racing exhaust) and a 166Kg weight ready-to-ride without gas (around the same as a Superbike in full racing trim) give it the best, by far, power to weight ratio of any homologated motorcycle.

Accordingly, Ducati’s test rider Alessandro Valia has obtained with the 1199 Superleggera the best time ever for a street Ducati around the Tuscan Mugello circuit, an incredible 1’54”9.

Engine and Transmission

ENGINE 
EngineSuperquadro: L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic valve actuation, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Displacement1,198 cc
Bore X stroke112 x 60.8 mm
Compression ratio13.2:1
Powerexceeds 200 hp (149Kw) @ 11,500 rpm
Torque134 Nm (99 ft-lbs) @ 10,200 rpm
Fuel injectionMitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full Ride-by-Wire elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust2-1-2 system, primary tubes in titanium. Twin titanium mufflers. 2 lambda probes and 2 catalytic converters
TRANSMISSION 
Gearbox6 speed
Primary driveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1
Ratio1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Final driveChain; Front sprocket Z=15; Rear sprocket Z=41
ClutchHydraulically controlled slipper/self-servo wet multiplate clutch with Superbike configuration

Chassis and Equipment

CHASSIS 
FrameMonocoque in magnesium alloy
Front suspensionFully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins FL 916 fork with TiN treatment, billet fork bottoms and lightweight stress-optimized outer tubes
Front wheel3-spoke magnesium alloy 3.50" x 17"
Front tyrePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspensionFully adjustable single Öhlins TTX36 shock with titanium spring, with linkage adjustable between progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm. Adjustable swingarm pivot.
Rear wheel3-spoke magnesium alloy 6.00" x 17"
Rear tyrePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear)120 mm (4.7 in) - 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front brake2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Evo M50 4-piston callipers with ABS, Brembo MCS 19-21 adjustable-ratio front brake master cylinder, remote lever adjuster
Rear brake245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with ABS
InstrumentationColour TFT display
EQUIPMENT 
 Riding Modes, Power Modes, ABS, DTC, DQS, EBC, DES, DDA+ w/GPS module, Fully RbW. DWC based on inertial platform. Dedicated buttons for rapid setting of DTC, DWC, EBC. Titanium rods. Carbon fibre parts: fairings, seat base, heel guards, air duct covers, power switch cover, rear shock cover, front and rear mudguards. Titanium bolts.

Dimension and Weight

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS 
Dry weight155 kg (342 lb)
Kerb weight without fuel166 kg (366 lb)
Kerb weight177 kg (390 lb)
Seat height830 mm (32.7 in)
Fuel tank capacity17 l (4.5 US gallons)
Number of seatsSingle seat
Weight Reduction 
ComponentWeight Saved (vs. 1199 Panigale R)
Carbon fibre fairings and assorted pieces-1.0Kg (-2.2lb)
Magnesium alloy Monoscocca mainframe-1.0Kg (-2.2lb)
Carbon fibre rear subframe-1.2Kg (-2.7lb)
Titanium exhaust system-2.5Kg (-5.5lb)
Forged and machined magnesium wheels-1.0Kg (-2.2lb)
Lithium-Ion battery-2.0Kg (-4.4lb)
Custom front fork and rear shock-1.4Kg (-3.1lb)
Superbike pistons -194g (-.4lb)
Crankshaft with tungsten counterweights-396g (-.9lb)
SBK chain and rear sprocket, and various carbon fibre parts, fasteners, and machined-from-billet components-1.3Kg (-2.9lb)
12Kg (26.5lb) overall (wet) weight savings vs. 1199 Panigale R
WARRANTY 
Warranty (months)2 years unlimited mileage
Maintenance (km/months)12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
Valve clearance adjustment (km)12,000 km (7,500 mi) - street use
EMISSIONSEuro 3

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Racing kit

Included with each 1199 Superleggera is a “track kit” to adapt the bike completely to closed-circuit use.
The kit is composed of pieces which, when mounted, add to the bike an additional 5 horsepower, and shed an additional 2.5Kg. It is the finishing touch, to unleash every last bit of the 1199 Superleggera’s incredible performance.

Kit composition:
Racing exhaust
Racing windshield
Machined mirror block-off plates
License plate holder removal plug
Sidestand removal kit
Connectors
Also included:
Front paddock stand
Rear paddock stand
Paddock bike cover

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The 1199 Superleggera is the most exclusive and desirable Ducati ever made. Materialized in magnesium, carbon fiber, and titanium, it boasts the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history and will be produced as a limited edition of only 500 units. Discover all the details and in-depth informations in the sections dedicated to materials, technology and mechanics.
Your journey in the world of 1199 Superleggera starts here.

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