revealed the successor to the aging 848 middleweight superbike
—designated the 899 Panigale
—that utilizes the same integral monocoque engine/chassis design as the 1199 Panigale
at its annual VW Group Night prior to the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany. Boasting an all-new 898cc Superquadro engine with a much more oversquare configuration (a massive bore increase to 100mm from the 848’s 94mm, while stroke shortens to 57.2mm from 61.2mm), the 899 Panigale is described as a “Supermid” version of its bigger brother that is “intended to provide a new way to access the exclusive world of Ducati Superbikes.”
Overall styling is outwardly identical to the 1199 Panigale, with the exception of a conventional double-sided swingarm in place of the 1199’s trademark single-sided swingarm. Rake tightens up a tad at 24 degrees (from the 848’s 24.5-degree measurement), with trail incrementally smaller at 97mm; wheelbase is a hair shorter as well at 56.2 inches (from 56.3 inches). Ducati is claiming 148 horsepower from the new V-twin, a 14-horsepower jump from the 848, and claimed dry weight only goes up 2.5 pounds, with a claimed wet weight of 425 pounds.
Ducati’s listed MSRP shows the red 899 Panigale going for $14,995, while the white version will retail for $300 more at $15,295. SR’s associate editor Bradley Adams will be riding the new Ducati very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for a full first ride report. –KK