Ducati used the recent Cologne Intermot show in Germany to premiere some highlights of their very high tech and insanely (but wonderfully) fast 2013 motorcycle line.
While only a partial roll-out that held some details back for future debut events, the big star of the debut was the 1199RS13 Panigale Superbike.
I covered the premiere event of the Panigale last year. It’s a big, bold bike – designed to look every bit like a professional racing motorcycle. It’s no coincidence that it rides very much how it looks. At speeds well north of 175 on any straightaway, the Ducati is a bike intended only for the best riders. It is in a very real sense an AMA bike for consumers.
The 2013 1199 Panigale and 1199 Panigale S are still available in the signature Ducati Red, while the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore serving as Ducati’s flagship. The 1199 Panigale RS13 is now ready to make its debut in the World Superbike series in 2013.
Aside from the Panigale, Ducati used Cologne to show off 20th anniversary editions of the Monster 696, 796 and 1100EVO. First introduced in Cologne in 1992, the Monster celebrates the “iconic naked” with special liveries, revised color finishes, badges and other features.
The recently released 2013 Ducati Multistrada 1200 made its first public appearance, in Cologne alongside the Panigale and anniversary Monsters. The 2013 Ducati Multistrada family presents the expected technically advanced evolution with restyled aesthetics, a brand new Granturismo model and the new Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) system.
While I have yet to ride any bike equipped with the Skyhook, it’s supposed to provide “confidence-inspiring and intelligent electronics.”
The Ducati Diavel – a motorcycle I first encountered in Cannes, France and my personal favorite in the entire Italian line arrives in 2013 with the Diavel Carbon now exclusively in carbon red and the standard Diavel in three new color versions. The Diavel Dark offers matte black with black-finished components and two “street-sport” schemes introducing metallic blue or Ducati red with white stripes, white wheels and special defining features.
So, Ducati did very little to re-enginer the Diavel – essentially offering a new model year with aesthetic changes. While some manufacturers might consider not exploring a bold redesign as lacking ambition, Ducati made the right call here. The Diavel line needed no major corrections.
The ergonomics are comfortable – with a wide, countered seat that other manufacturers should study closely. The Diavel is just a notch slower than the Panigale, but it still packs a liquid cooled Testastretta engine generating 162 horsepower, The Diavel always reaches 60 mph in third gear, leaving three more gears for you to misbehave with thanks to its light action, wet transmission.
A complete set Brembo brakes front and back bring the bike to a stop. On the Diavel’s fat rear tire, a huge 265mm disc takes the load – with a very active ABS system.
Ducati promises more roll-outs and announcements in the coming weeks, and we’ll be covering them here.