Next Bike Sdn Bhd, a company under the NAZA Group of Companies and the sole distributor for Ducati in Malaysia was launching the much anticipated Ducati superbike – the 899 Panigale. This would be the first appearance of Ducati 899 Panigale in Asia right after the Frankfurt Motor Show recently held in September. The 899 Panigale was launched by Ducati MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso. Present at the event was Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies, Mr. Pierfrancesco Scalzo, Ducati Region Asia Commercial Director,Mr. Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheel Division, Mr. Bernhard Gobmeier, Ducati Corse General Manager and Mr. Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director.
Ducati Panigale is priced at RM108,888 and is powered by a Superquadro, L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled engine. It produces 148hp at 10,750rpm and 99Nm of torque at 9,000rpm.
This is everything you need to know about the bike:
- If you don’t like the double-sided swing arm, you can fit the single-sided swing arm from the 1199. But it’s heavier, and will cost you your nutsack.
- The laptime difference between the previous 848 EVO and the new 899 Panigale is two seconds around Imola circuit.
- It’s heavier than the 1199. It weighs, 193kg, a full 5kg heavier than the standard 1199 Panigale. This is because some parts are made of aluminium and not magnesium. The tank is also made of steel but is somehow lighter than the plastic tank on the 848 EVO.
- It’s 11mm shorter than the standard Panigale.
- It comes with 8-level traction control, ABS, and a quick shifter.
- Three riding modes – RACE, SPORT, WET.
- RACE and SPORT give you maximum power but RACE is more brutal than SPORT.
- WET mode limits power to 100bhp.
- RACE mode allows you to slide the rear of the bike and offers front-only ABS.
- Safety and Performance features can be adjusted or switched off altogether.
- It uses a heavier steel trellis subframe instead of the 1199 Panigale’s diecast aluminium subframe.
- The suspension is fully-adjustable Shiowa BPF forks at the front, and fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock.
- LCD is a simpler version of the 1199′s full-colour display.
- No LED running lights.
- Just like the 1199 Panigale, it uses a Vacural-cast monocoque structure instead of a conventional frame. The airbox/headstock attaches directy to the cylinder heads.
- It uses a narrower 180-section rear tyre instead of the 200-section tyre on the 1199