Limited Edition Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario Announced

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Ducati revealed a new 90th anniversary edition of the 1299 Panigale S this weekend at World Ducati Week. The limited edition (only 500 will be produced) Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario sports a new color scheme, slightly longer wheelbase, several lighter components and updated electronics including a new traction control system that allows the Panigale to drift around corners. Watch Casey Stoner demonstrate some rear wheel sliding in the following video:

The Anniversario edition receives an all-new “EVO” traction and wheelie control system that will likely find its way on upcoming 2017 models. Ducati Traction Control EVO uses all-new software algorithms to crunch the numbers sent from the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit to calculate the optimum amount of rear wheel slip. In addition to altering spark advance and fuel injection, the EVO system manipulates the butterfly valves in the throttle bodies for smoother and more precise intervention.

Simpler traction control systems intervene when they detect tire slip but reduces intervention when the rear wheel regains grip. If slippage occurs again, the cycle repeats, going back and forth as the system tries to seek an ideal limit of traction. According to Ducati, the EVO system reduces the magnitude of these oscillations for more precise traction control.

At DTC level 1, the EVO system allows for more rear wheel slip, effectively allowing the Panigale S Anniversario to drift through corners while still maintaining a level of traction control.

The Anniversario model also receives a new top triple clamp and steering head inserts machined from solid aluminum alloy. The top triple clamp is etched with the bike’s production number while the inserts move the front wheel forward by 0.2 inches, increasing the wheelbase to 56.6 inches matching the Panigale R.

While it’s still not as light as the R, Ducati still managed shave 5.5 pounds off the Panigale S by giving the Anniversario edition carbon fiber heel guards, rear mudguard and shock absorber cover and swapping in a lithium ion battery (with a new battery charger included).

The Panigale S Anniversario comes with a racing kit which includes a titanium Akrapovič Racing exhaust, billet aluminum mirror blockoff plates and a cover for the hole created by removing the license plate holder for track days.

Completing the package is the new white, black and red color scheme and gold-colored wheels.

The Ducati 1299 Panigale S will arrive in dealerships in late July. U.S. pricing remains to be announced.

Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario Edition Specifications

EngineSuperquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement1,285 cc
Bore X stroke116 x 60.8 mm
Compression ratio12.6:1
Power150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10,500 rpm
Torque144.6 Nm (106.7 lb-ft) @ 8,750 rpm
Fuel injectionMitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Fully ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium end caps
Gearbox6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
Primary driveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1
Ratio1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Final driveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
ClutchSlipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
FrameMonocoque aluminium
Front suspensionÖhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode
Front wheel3-spoke forged alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear SuspensionFully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel3-spoke forged alloy 6.00” x 17”
Rear tirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear)120 mm (4.72 in) – 130 mm (5.12 in)
Front brake2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with cornering ABS as standard
Rear brake245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with cornering ABS as standard
InstrumentationColour TFT display
Dry weight164 kg (362 lb)
Kerb weight188 kg (414 lb)
Seat height830 mm (32.68 in)
Wheelbase1,437 mm (56.6 in)
Front wheel trail96 mm (3.78 in)
Fuel tank capacity17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)
Number of seatsDual seat
Riding Modes, Power Modes, CorneringABS, DTC, DQS up/down, DWC, EBC, Fully RbW, Auto tire calibration, Full LED lighting, Ohlins Smart EC with semi-active steering damper, Auxiliary adjustment buttons, DDA+ with GPS-ready
Additional EquipmentPassenger seat and footpegs Kit
90th anniversary equipmentLaser-inscribed numbered billet aluminium top triple clamp, Akrapovič titanium racing slip-on exhaust, Carbon fibre rear mudguard, chain guard, shock guard, and heel guards, Lithium battery with dedicated charger, Dedicated graphics, Gold-color wheels
Warranty (months)24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance (km/months)12,000 km (7,500 m)/12 months
Valve clearance adjustment (km)24,000 km (15,000 m)
EmissionsEuro 3
Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Jul 11, 2016

    Best spec'd Ducati Superbike ever, yes, but likely R-level (or more) pricing, and many of the new features will be on more affordable models in the next year or two. I think that contributes to the apparent lack of intetest.

    I'm hoping for a Monster 'RS' with the 959 superquaddro, up/down quickshift, and cornering abs. Oh, and cruise control too, thanks.

  • Shlomi Shlomi on Jul 12, 2016

    Why would you buy this bike, if for the same money you can get the R version? Ducati milking this panigalle with already handful of versions: 1199, 1199s, 1199r, 1299, 1299s, 1199 super light, and now this version ....