When the 2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse was launched two years ago, it replaced the Euro-III 899 Panigale, becoming the most affordable superbike Ducati offered. However, it didn’t hold that title for a long time, and Ducati released the 939 Supersport in 2017. Nevertheless, the Panigale 959 Corse remains one of the most popular motorcycles and here is what you need to know about it.
2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse Styling
When Ducati decided to make the changes on the Panigale, they agreed that they would not do anything to the sheet metal. This was one of the best decisions because the new Panigale 959 Corse is such a handsome bike with the design almost unchanged. Dual headlamps at the front end are sharp and angular, and they are definitely drawing a lot of attention despite that the face up from is seven years old. Read about Audi A4 2019
There is not much new about the upcoming motorcycle, and most of the styling cues are actually borrowed from some other Ducati bikes. LED twin pods with DRLs are at the sides of the front end whereas the fairing mounts the LED turn lights, the plexiglass windscreen and rear-view mirrors, which are embedded.
Meanwhile, the rear end of the motorcycle features the tail guard that is split into two parts for a more aggressive appearance. Multifunctional LCD instrumentation is hidden behind the plexiglass, and new 10 spoke light alloy wheels are now painted in black and wrapped in Pirelli Diable Rosso Corsa tires.
2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse is such a unique bike, mostly due to the MotoGP paint job, which tells you that the motorcycle is ready for the racetrack. Cutting-edge gold suspension units from Ohlins are used, but the same manufacturer provides adjustable steering dampers as well. Furthermore, lithium-ion batteries are also used as well as the lightweight titanium Akropovič exhaust.
The 2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse is underpinned by a tremendous chassis, following the innovative Monoscocca concept. The structure is made of cast aluminum in order to increase strength. The curb weight of the Corse is 435 lbs, which is less than the standard 959 by 5.5 lbs. One reason for it is the use of the Superquadro engine as a structural element and the lightweight lithium-ion battery.
At the front, Ducati uses the top performing Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers clutch onto twin semi-floating 320mm discs, whereas the 245mm disc is used at the rear end with a two-piston caliper. Two channel Bosch ABS 9MP is sported as well, providing combined braking with an anti-lift-up function for the rear wheel. The electronics package features three different riding modes – Race, Wet, Sport. Moreover, you can find some other features such as ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Quick Shift, Engine Brake Control and Ride-by-Wire we have already mentioned.
The new 959 Corse is still going to be powered by a twin-pot 955cc Superquadro-engine which delivers 150hp and 79 lb-ft of torque. Ducati installed the advanced six-speed transmission which comes with Ducati Quick Shift and a hydraulically actuated multi-plate wet clutch. You can have different power and delivery based on the selected riding modes thanks to Ride-by-Wire technology. This tech also enables you to manage engine braking and allow the implementation of traction control.
2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse Price
The 2018 Ducati Panigale 959 Corse starts at $17,595, which is a lot less than you would pay for a Panigale 1299. However, compared to the standard 959 Panigale, the Corse is $2,200 more expensive. The biggest opponent of the new model is the MV Agusta F3 800 RC. The new bike is an opportunity you must not miss. The GP livery and the addition of the electronic rider aids and Ohlins and Brembo kit justifies the price tag.
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