Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ducati Malaysia Unveils Limited Edition 1199 Superleggera
World’s Lightest Superbike Ever Created. It’s the limited edition superbike that’s caught the eye of ardent bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts and the elite all over the world and now, courtesy of Next Bike Sdn Bhd (Ducati Malaysia), the Ducati 1199 Superleggera has made a grand appearance in Malaysia!
Present at the unveiling of the limited edition Ducati 1199 Superleggera were En Nik Danial Nik Mahmood, Vice President of NAZA Two Wheels Division and Mr. CW Juan, General Manager of Next Bike Sdn Bhd. The event was held at the Ducati store on Level 3 of Pavilion KL, where Malaysians will be able to catch a glimpse of this beauty up close from now till 23 January 2014.
Created without limits to inspire unlimited desire, the 1199 Superleggera produces more than 200hp yet weighs in at just 155kg, making it the lightest superbike ever created. The ideal combination of precious materials such as titanium, magnesium and carbon fibre set the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history.
With the already very impressive Panigale ‘R’ as a baseline, the Superleggera integrates a magnesium monocoque frame with forged Marchesini magnesium wheels and features a carbon fibre rear sub-frame and bodywork, lithium-ion battery and full titanium exhaust system with stainless steel headers. Its design is further enhanced by a lightweight Öhlins FL916 front suspension with fully-machined fork bottoms and an Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring.
The Superleggera’s Brembo M50 Monobloc brakes inherit a racing-style MCS 19-21 front master cylinder and remote adjuster and its final drive gets upgraded with a lightweight Ergal rear sprocket, and World Superbike-spec 520 drive chain.
Performance is increased by the addition of titanium exhaust valves to the Superquadro engine, which sports titanium con-rods and inlet valves, and special two-ring pistons – a first for a Ducati street engine. The pistons, usually found on racing Superbikes, use short skirts and only two rings (compression and oil) which enable them to dramatically reduce mass and friction. A modified combustion chamber with new piston crown increases compression ratio and is complimented by an ultra-lightened crankshaft, precision balanced using dense tungsten inserts. The model’s electronics also benefit from an upgrade, including the Ducati Wheelie control, Ducati Traction Control and Engine Brake Control.
The track-only Race Kit consists of a titanium Akrapovič race exhaust system, including silencers and 2-in-1 collector, high racing windscreen, dedicated dust cover, front and rear paddock stands, machined mirror fill-caps and removal kits for the registration holder and sidestand. When used, it heightens power by 5hp and reduces weight by 2.5kg, further enhancing the Superleggera’s magnificent power to weight ratio.
Only 500 units are being produced for sale worldwide, each with its own individual number inscribed on the top clamp. The exclusivity of this limited edition means Ducati will be very selective when it comes to determining worthy owners of this glorious machine. All customers with the desire to own a Ducati 1199 Superleggera will have to go through a thorough short-listing process before Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. allocates the available models to specially chosen customers. We are proud to announce that a few Malaysians would be getting their 1199 Superleggera this year.
The price tag on the limited edition Ducati 1199 Superleggera is RM488,888 (net selling price).