It’s hard to think of a Ducati without a V-twin, but as is with all good things there comes a time when it too must meet the end to give way for something new. When we say new we are talking about the upcoming V-4 that is on it way in. But before we get carried away with the future we must first commemorate the past and what better way to commemorate a great engine than this, the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The best part is despite its ballistic performance retains the original 116 x 60.8mm bore x stroke heart from the original machine.But fear not 1285cc displacement power plant has received oodles of attention, starting with a crankshaft with tungsten balancing pads, 116mm pistons that have just two rings, revised camshafts for extra lift, aerodynamic butterfly throttle bodies and air ducts. Add them all together and what you get is a firecracker thrown into a barrel of TNT, the Superquadro V-twin engine too, literally, end all V-twin engines. To add the final icing to the cake, you add in a titanium Akrapovic exhaust from a WSBK bike. The result is a missile on two wheels, the last V-twin Panigale that we will ever see.
And that’s not it, the Panigale 1299 R Final Edition is a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which is basically the Panigale’s brain controlling vertical ascent with Wheelie control and Ducati Traction Control EVO all of which ensures not a drop of the manic 209 bhp goes to waste in frivolousness. That aside the final edition will get the Ducati Quick Shift, adjustable engine brake control, cornering ABS and Ducati Data Analyzer(DDA+) with GPS and lean angle measurements.
The Panigale Final Edition retains the monocoque aluminum chassis but it’s obvious that Ducati would not settle for any old damping for their last bike. The 1299 R Final Edition Öhlins NIX30 43mm front end and an Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber in the rear. Adding to the lean appeal, three spoke Marchesini wheels and a lithium-ion battery, allowing the 1299 R to weigh in at under 172 kilos without fuel.