Unveiled: The 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse!
All Eyes Are On The Panigale V4, But Don’t Forget The 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse!
If you’re not impressed by Ducati’s new V4 arrangement, then the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse might be what you’re looking for. This will be Ducati’s first special edition middleweight to roll off of the production line since the amazing 848 EVO Corse from 2013…but while it’s not likely to grab as many headlines as the new Desmosedici Stradale powered Panigale V4 machine, the 959 Panigale Corse is still a force to be reckoned with.
2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse: A Special Edition Middleweight
Recently unveiled at Milan’s EICMA show, the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse looks like a track ready weapon of a motorcycle. While to the untrained eye it might look like it has only benefited from a stylish paint job, there’s plenty of stuff going on in the upgrade department. Let’s start with that GP inspired paint job though – because it is rather fetching. Taking styling cues from the Desmosedici GP17 race prototype, the new paint scheme helps bring the 959 in line with the rest of Ducati’s racing family. Since the bigger Panigale is now a V4, similar to the Desmosedici racing machine, the 959 v-twin was in need of something to make it look like it was part of the same family…and it works.
Looks aside, the next most significant upgrade comes in the form of the suspension changes. Up front, the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse comes equipped with Öhlins NIX30 43mm forks, with a single Öhlins TTX36 shock at the rear, complete with an adjustable Öhlins steering damper thrown in for good measure. The brakes haven’t been upgraded, and the 959 Corse wears the same Brembo Monobloc M4.32 calipers up front, with a single two-piston unit on the rear.
To keep things nice and special edition, Ducati also treated the 959 Panigale Corse with a titanium slip-on exhaust from Akrapovic, and treated the bike with a lightweight and discreet lithium ion battery. Combined, the new exhaust and battery shave 5.5lbs off of the Corse edition’s overall weight compared with the base 959.
There haven’t been any engine changes at all for this model, but thanks to the reduced weight and the comprehensive electronics (ABS, traction control, bi-directional quickshifter, engine braking and three riding modes) the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale promises to be a real demon on the track. In the performance specs department, it promises 150 horses at 10,500 rpm and 75 lb-ft of torque at 9,000 revs from its 955cc superquadro v-twin engine.
We haven’t received any word on the 2018 Ducati 959 Panigale Corse’s price, but it’s probably going to be a suitable amount more than the current 959’s $15,400 MSRP price tag. And then add a grand or so worth of Ducati tax on top.