Ducati superleggera 1299

The most powerful Twin-Engine ever made

The numbers are mind-blowing. 1299cc engine with a power of 215Hp and a carbon fiber frame that weights 2.6 kg. It was developed by Casey Stoner and it has a traction control that is not allowed anymore in MotoGp which means that it’s more advanced than a GP bike. It’s a special machine and like any special thing it comes in a limited number of 500 units. Asking about the price is just a triviality. 

Why is Ducati flexing their muscles like this? Is it because after years of racing in Superbike with a Twin-engine we reached the physical boundaries? Is it because of the rumours of Ducati wanting to switch to a four cylinder engine? Is this some sort of supernova of the Twin-engine declaring the end of the two cylinder engine? If so that would be another piece of mechanical romanticism leaving the Superbike WC. 

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Editor of Gasolirium, test-rider, and content writer. He began in the two-stroke era which makes him feel pretty old but gave him the chance to race everything from 125cc to 1000cc. All useless experiences when he got lost in the Sahara desert with nothing but a can of beans.

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