Ducati India has launched the 959 Panigale Corse at Rs 15.20 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is Rs 67,000 dearer than the 959 Panigale, which is priced at Rs 14.53 lakh. The special edition bike gets a red and white paint scheme inspired by the company’s MotoGP bikes. There are no mechanical changes made to the bike.
The other features are same as that of the 959 Panigale like the 8-level Ducati Traction Control (DTC), the ride-by-wire, engine brake control, three riding modes and the dual channel ABS from Bosch. The India-spec 959 Panigale Corse does not get the Ohlins suspensions, lithium battery, Ohlins steering damper and Ducati Performance titanium silencers by Akrapovic (inspired by the MotoGP bikes), which are offered as standard equipment in international markets.
The special edition bike is powered by the same 955cc Superquadro liquid cooled L-twin engine, which makes 148bhp at 10,500rpm and 102Nm at 9,000rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox equipped with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS).
The bike will be displayed at the upcoming DRE Track Days, which will be held at Buddh International Circuit on October 13 and 14.
Here is the full text of the official press release from Ducati:
Luxury motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, today announced the launch of the 959 Panigale Corse in India at a price of INR 15,20,000 (Ex-Showroom, India). The version coming to India is a special edition sporting a dedicated livery inspired by the Ducati Corse MotoGP colours.
Sergi Canovas, Managing Director of Ducati India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Panigale has always been the definite Ducati superbike that allows biking enthusiasts to have an unparalleled experience on a race track. The 959 Panigale embodies absolute excellence through the advanced electronics package that inspires confidence and allows riders to explore the limit. In this special Corse livery, the 959 looks much more special and unique as the paint scheme is inspired by the colours of our MotoGP bike, the Desmosedici GP 18.”
The 959 Panigale Corse gets a 955 cc Superquadro engine that is Euro 4 type-approved. 157Hhp of power at 10,500 rpm and a torque of 107.4 Nm at 9,000 rpm are numbers worthy of a Superbike, which on the 959 Panigale Corse are managed not only by an advanced chassis but also by a top-of-the-line technical package.
To inspire confidence when riding at any speed in varying conditions, the 959 Panigale Corse is equipped with a state of the art electronics package which includes the latest generation two channel Bosch ABS 9MP, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Engine Brake Control (EBC) and Ride-by-Wire (RbW). Thanks to the Ducati Riding Modes, the electronic settings can be altered differently to give the bike three different personalities. The 3 Riding Modes available in the 959 Panigale Corse are Race, Sport and Wet. However, the version available in India is not equipped with the Ohlins suspensions, lithium battery, Ohlins steering damper and Ducati Performance titanium silencers by Akrapovic.
The 959 Panigale Corse comes with the Ducati Corse livery with black wheels. Bookings are now open across all Ducati dealerships in Delhi – NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata & Chennai and the motorcycle will be displayed at DRE Track Days, which will be held at the Buddh International Circuit, on 13th and 14th October.