Ducati is planning to launch the latest 959 Panigale in India by July 2016, a source in Ducati India has revealed to carandbike.com. The Ducati 959 Panigale was unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan in October and will be the global replacement for the 899 Panigale.
Officially, Ducati has refused to divulge an exact date for the 959 Panigale's launch in India.
Ducati also makes the 1299 and 1299 S rockets, the manic 1199 Superleggera, the Diavel and the Monster.
Ducati will also release the smacking XDiavel.
The 899 Panigale had to be completely reworked to meet new Euro 4 noise and emission laws, which will come into effect in 2017. The brief was to improve performance and efficiency, at the same time reduce engine and exhaust noise. The result is the 959 Panigale, with 57cc more displacement than the current 899 Panigale, 9bhp more power and 8.4Nm more torque.
The most significant change, at least visually, on the UK veersion, are the side mounted exhausts. Those are something which Ducati can't do without, to meet Euro 4 norms, and compared to the underbelly exhausts on the 899, the end cans on the 959 don't quite gel with the overall Panigale look we are so accustomed to.