Despite unveiling their all-new MotoGP-inspired Ducati Panigale V4 just weeks ago, Ducati have confirmed they are far from stopping making V-twin sportsbikes. While visiting Ducati’s Bologna factory last week we saw scores of 1299 Panigale Final Edition models on the production line, being built alongside the new V4 superbike.
While previous versions of the 1299 were only Euro3 approved, and could only be sold in limited numbers this year under derogation rules, the FE is Euro4 approved, so Ducati can sell it in unlimited numbers in Europe until 2020. Ducati say there will still be a V-twin in their sportsbike line-up, even if it’s just their super- mid 959 Panigale. Ducati’s new V4 motor is hugely expensive to produce and takes twice as long to assemble as a twin, meaning it isn’t suitable for a middleweight sportsbike that competes in a more price-sensitive segment.
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