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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario Edition Specifications
Engine Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
Displacement 1,285 cc
Bore X stroke 116 x 60.8 mm
Compression ratio 12.6:1
Power 150.8 kW (205 hp) @ 10,500 rpm
Torque 144.6 Nm (106.7 lb-ft) @ 8,750 rpm
Fuel injection Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Fully ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes. Twin stainless steel mufflers with aluminium end caps
Gearbox 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.77:1
Ratio 1=37/15 2=30/16 3=27/18 4=25/20 5=24/22 6=23/24
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 39
Clutch Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Frame Monocoque aluminium
Front suspension Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable USD fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode
Front wheel 3-spoke forged alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with semi-active mode. Adjustable linkage: Progressive/flat. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel 3-spoke forged alloy 6.00” x 17”
Rear tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/55 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear) 120 mm (4.72 in) – 130 mm (5.12 in)
Front brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc EVO M50 4-piston callipers, with cornering ABS as standard
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper, with cornering ABS as standard
Instrumentation Colour TFT display
Dry weight 164 kg (362 lb)
Kerb weight 188 kg (414 lb)
Seat height 830 mm (32.68 in)
Wheelbase 1,437 mm (56.6 in)
Rake 24°
Front wheel trail 96 mm (3.78 in)
Fuel tank capacity 17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)
Number of seats Dual seat
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, 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 Equipment Passenger seat and footpegs Kit
90th anniversary equipment Laser-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)
Emissions Euro 3

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