Ducati has released details on the engine for its new 1199 Panigale. The engine, dubbed the Superquadro, was designed to increase power, torque and user-friendliness and reduce vehicle weight and scheduled maintenance costs.
The Superquadro is a twin-cylinder 195-hp engine. Only the 90-degree L-twin configuration and Desmodromic valve control were retained from previous engines. Everything else, the company says, is new.
Features include, but aren’t limited to:
- A bore and stroke of 112 mm X 60.8 mm with a ratio of 1.84:1
- An output of 195 hp at 10,750 rpm and 98.1 lb.-ft. of torque
- Inlet valves increased from 43.5 mm to 46.8 mm and exhaust valves increased from 34.5 mm to 38.2 mm
- A highly-efficient MotoGP-style vacuum pump
The engine was also designed with user-friendly riding modes that deliver power appropriate to the rider’s style and environment, and major services have been extended to 15,000 miles. A radical reduction in overall vehicle weight was also found, in part by a centrifugal flyweight that allows the engine to be started easily without using a larger battery and starter motor, reducing the weight by about 7.3 pounds. A new transmission also increases the “dimension between the centers of the six-speed gearbox shafts, enabling larger diameter, stronger gears to transmit the enhanced power output,” Ducati’s press release said. Also new is a “wet”, oil-bath clutch.
The 1199 Ducati Panigale will be unveiled during the EICMA International Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, which runs Nov. 10-13.
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