In 2015 Ducati introduced the Panigale R, a homologated race bike for the World Superbike series, and on this page is a road-legal race bike. With the 1198cc Superquadro engine design the Panigale R fits within Superbike displacement limits. Trick bits include titanium intake/exhaust valves and rods, two-ring pistons and an extremely lightweight crankshaft which is balanced with tungsten inserts, to guarantee a maximum power of 205 hp at 11,500 revs/minute and a torque of 136.2Nm at 10,250 rpm. The Panigale R is also fitted with Öhlins mechanical suspension, an adjustable swingarm pivot and the same electronic technology as the 1299 Panigale.
New to the Panigale R is the 3 ride modes including Race (full power, aggressive delivery), Sport (full power, less direct throttle response), and Rain (limiting power output to 120 hp with a much mellower delivery). Also new is Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), which trickled down from the Superleggera, Engine Braking Control (EBC) that aids the slipper clutch, and the Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) that now allows clutchless shifts both up and down. The Ducati Safety Pack includes 8-level traction control and ABS that uses the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit for lean-angle data.
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Davis wins race 1 & 2 at Laguna Seca in 2015 on the Panigale R .