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Ducati 959 Panigale Overview
The Italian automaker, Ducati introduced the 959 Panigale in Indian motorcycle market at the India Bike Week 2016. 959 Panigale is an extension of Ducati’s highly famous 899 Panigale. In terms of visuals, the 959 Panigale gets a longer windshield and larger air-intakes at the front. The fairing looks very much like the one seen on the bigger 1299 Panigale. The front also gets 1299 Panigale inspired LED lamp setup, while the tailpiece gets a newly revised layout.
Ducati 959 Panigale Engine & Transmission
The bike houses a 955c L-twin Superquardo, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid-cooled engine. The engine churns out a healthy 157bhp of maximum power at 10,500rpm and 107Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm. The engine features a Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system with twin injectors per cylinder and has a compression ratio of 12.5:1. It comes mated to a 6-speed transmission with DQS (Ducati Quick Shifter). The 959 Panigale makes 10bhp in excess when compared to its predecessor. Ducati introduced the secondary air injection system in its engine which is known to drastically decrease unburnt hydrocarbons like CO and CO2 through oxidation and hence limits carbon footprint. This engine power can also be controlled using power modes, which let the rider use engine’s throttle optimally according to the road conditions.
Ducati 959 Panigale Mileage
The Ducati 959 Panigale packs a bunch of electronic wizardry in form of features such as the Bosch 9MP ABS which is offered as a standard and comes with three level of operation, a full LCD instrumental panel, Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) and full Ride by Wire throttle body. Ride by Wire makes it possible to have different power and delivery based on the selected Riding Mode (Power Modes), and also to manage engine braking (EBC), as well as allowing the implementation of traction control (DTC). The bike returns an average fuel economy of 15km/lt in terms of mixed highway and city riding.