Courtesy of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), we now know that a new Ducati 959 Panigale Corse is coming in 2018.
The documents of CARB reveal that the Corse has the exact same emissions as the standard 959. This means that the stock Panigale and the Corse will share the same engine and chassis. Ducati will probably treat the 959 the same as they did the 848, way back in 2012. The 848 Corse received traction control and quickshifter over the stock bike. The 2013 848 Corse SE had a lighter aluminium tank and an Ohlins rear shock and was garbed in signature Ducati Tricolore livery.
With Ducati’s extensive selection of rider aids technology powering their new motorcycles expect the 959 Panigale Corse to share in the goodness. The Corse could come with the Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), currently working to tame the 1299 Panigale. The IMU brings with it Ducati Engine Braking Control (EBC) and Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC). The 959 Panigale could also get Bosch 9.1 ABS.
The stock 959 Panigale is suspended on Showa forks and a Sachs rear monoshock. The 848 EVO Corse swapped the Showa for an Ohlins shock, so we can expect the 959 Corse to follow in the 848’s footsteps. The front Showa forks are likely to remain unchanged, as was the case again with the 848 Corse.
The Ducati 959 Panigale is Euro4 compliant, so Ducati can continue producing the bike until 2020, but with the imminent arrival of the much talked about V4 Ducati range, the 959 Panigale might hang its racing shoes in 2018 itself. A move mirrored in the 848 story, for the new Ducati 899 Panigale replaced the 848 EVO after the launch of the 848 Corse.