Ducati Celebrates 90th Birthday With 1299 Panigale S Anniversario Edition

Ducati marks its 90th anniversary this year, and to celebrate, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is rolling out the special-edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario.

Casey Stoner revealed the bike in front of tens of thousands of enthusiasts at Misano as part of the World Ducati Week. It’s based on one of Ducati’s most performance-focused models, but stands apart with a series of upgrades.

For starters, the Anniversario features a red, white and black livery with gold wheels, inspired by the factory’s racing team. It also features a top triple clamp and steering-head inserts machined from aluminum to give the bike the same chassis geometry as the Panigale R, along with an Akrapovič titanium exhaust and billet aluminum mirror blockoff plates.

Heel guards, rear mudguard and shock-absorber cover made from carbon fiber help trim five and a half pounds off the bike’s weight, and Ducati also fitted the special edition with all its latest electronic gizmos.

Keeping the 1285-cc, 205-horsepower twin-cylinder engine under control are features such as Bosch Cornering ABS, Öhlins Smart EC, Ducati Electronic Suspension, and the latest EVO versions of the Ducati Wheelie Control and Ducati Traction Control. The latter is designed to allow the rider to dial in rear-wheel slip closer to the level of adhesion better than a passive traction control system, allowing the kind of control typically achieved only by professional racers.

The Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario is set to reach dealers starting later this month, with only 500 examples to be distributed worldwide.

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