Despite introducing the all-new Panigale V4 at 2017 EICMA, Ducati is still committed to building the L-Twin which was until now the flagship mill.
Ducati wowed global crowd this year at 2017 EICMA with the launch of the Panigale V4, featuring an all-new engine developed from scratch. The 1100 cc 90-degree V4 engine is the current flagship of the Ducati sportsbike lineup, replacing the 1285 cc L-Twin. However, this is not the end of the line for the legendary L-Twin.
While the previous iterations of the 1299 Panigale were Euro3 compliant, the Final Edition meets Euro4 norms. that means Ducati can keep building the Final Edition 1299 until 2020, at least. Indeed, the new Panigale V4 is being produced alongside the 1299 FE at Ducati’s facility. Providing there is demand for the L-Twin, it will be under production until the time cut-off.
Even after the 1299 Panigale Final Edition signs off from production, the L-Twin will still live on, albeit the one which is currently powering the mid-size (by Ducati standards) 959 Panigale. The new V4 engine isn’t as simple to produce as the twin, and also takes twice as long to assemble, making it unviable for sportsbikes like the 959 Panigale that play in a cost-conscious segment. Also, the flagship engine pushes 1100 cc, which would mean the mid-size Panigale would have to do with a reduction in displacement, as the small twin of the 959 and the V4 are already too close in capacity.
Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said: “We won’t see middleweight versions of the V4 for bikes like the 959 Panigale. “The engine cost is very high. We’ll keep on making the L-Twin for the 959. It’ll have a long life.”