RUMBLE IN THE URBAN JUNGLE
There are six ECUs to regulate the complex array of electronics found in the Ducati 1199 Panigale, but this superbike’s strong suit isn’t its traction control, engine braking or available suspension adjustability. What gives this feisty Italian an edge over its worthy Japanese and German competitors is the signature rumble from its 1 199 cm3 engine and that singular feeling of personality so intrinsic to the formula of a desmodromically valved big twin engine. Our day of riding the Panigale at the Formula One Circuit in Abu Dhabi saw high cornering speeds and an ultimate velocity of 270 km/h.
Yet for all the 1199’s ferocity, it’s still user-friendly – proof that Italian character doesn’t have to be devoid of confidence-inspiring security. – BASEM WASEF
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