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Image gallery: 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale

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24 May 2016 16:12:46 IST

The Ducati 959 Panigale has been launched in India at Rs 14.04 lakh and is expected to reach showrooms in July this year. The Ducati 959 Panigale replaces the 899 Panigale, which was on sale for Rs 13.70 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). Ducati dealerships are currently accepting bookings for the 959 Panigale.

The Ducati 959 Panigale is powered by a Euro4 compliant 955cc L-twin Superquadro engine which makes 157PS of power and 105.6Nm of torque. Like all Ducati motorcycles, the 959 Panigale also gets the desmodromic distribution system. This system closes valves mechanically which allows cam profiles to havemore drive and extreme timing. The benefits of this can also be seen with the Ducati Corse Superbikes and the MotoGP Desmosedici bikes. The Ducati 959 Panigale comes equipped with a slipper clutch which prevents the rear wheel from locking under aggressive down shifting during spirited riding.

Ducati 959 Panigale Cornering shotThe lower swingarm pivot point and consequently longer swingarm gives the Panigale 959 more traction and Ducati promises even better cornering feel and performance

Ducati 959 Panigale cornering rear shotThe neat underbelly Ducati 959 Panigale exhaust goes to the US, a non-Euro 4 spec market.

Ducati 959 Panigale front actionA wider top fairing and larger air intakes Mark the subtle styling updates to the Ducati 959 Panigale. The larger top fairing gives better wind protection

Ducati 959 Panigale red RHS studio shotDucati uses its innovating monocoque frame for the 959 Panigale just like all the other eponymous motorcycles. The engine is a stressed member to which the rear suspension and the steering head mounts. The monocoque forms the airbox apart from its structural function using the bottom of the tank as the airbox cover.

Ducati 959 Panigale red RHS rear 3/4 studio shotThe Ducati 959 Panigale has the latest Bosch 9MP ABS system with three modes and rear lift mitigation

Ducati 959 Panigale read studio shotThe Ducati 959 Panigale's 90 degree v-twin gives it an impossible narrowness that can enchance the riders sense of control over the motorcycle. Note new footpegs - they're grippier than the 899 and borrowed from the bigger Panigales

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Ducati 959 Panigale static rear 3/4 whiteSee the hint of gold? The Ducati 959 Panigale uses an adjustable, laid-down Sachs shock at the back to complement the adjustable front Showa Big Piston Forks

Ducati 959 Panigale front brake detail BremboThe Ducati 959 Panigale uses Brembo's M4.32 callipers with Bosch 9MP ABS for power and control.

Ducati 959 Panigale front 3/4 static shotLooks gorgeous doesn't it? We cannot decide if the Ducati 959 Panigale looks better in white or red. Help us decide by leaving us a comment!

Ducati 959 Panigale static front 3/4 shotThese oft-reviled Ducati 959 Panigale pipes are the result of tighter Euro 4 requiremenrs

Ducati 959 Panigale cornering action shotThe Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) is standard on the 959 Panigale. It allows the rider to perform clutch-free up shifts without closing the gas

Ducati 959 Panigale cornering shotThe Ducati 959 Panigale runs sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres. These are grippy and soft tyres but our experience with them in India suggests that they can produce excellent performance and reasonable life with a little bit of careful riding

Ducati 959 Panigale cornering shotThe Ducati 959 Panigale gets the full suite of electronics including traction control, wheelie control and engine brake control. Ducati's data logging function DDA+ is optional

Ducati 959 Panigale street corneringThe Ducati 959 Panigale's new mirrors are better than the 899 and are nearly identical to the bigger Panigales

Ducati 959 Panigale street cornering shotThe riding position is still a committed one but the torquey power delivery should make the Ducati 959 Panigale easier to ride on the street

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