2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera – limited to 500 units of this superlight Italian performance [UPDATED: Gallery and Tech Specs included]

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera

Celebrating the Italian manufacturer’s commitment to performance technology and lightweight  construction, Ducati now proudly introduces its latest limited edition dream model, the highly exclusive  1199 Superleggera.  The new machine combines a precious cocktail of materials such as titanium, magnesium and carbon fibre to set the  highest power-to-weight ratio of any  production motorcycle in history.  Producing more than  200hp and weighing-in at just  155kg* (341.7lb*), Ducati  showcase their innovative  engineering and stylish approach to design, while affirming the maxim: “Authentic Italian Performance”. The Superleggera follows in the successful wheel tracks of previous iconic limited editions,  like the Desmosedici RR, with  its exclusivity  boldly underlined  with just 500 examples of this extraordinary machine being assembled at Ducati’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy, each with its own individual number  inscribed on the top clamp.  05-9-09 1199 SuperleggeraWith its baseline  starting from  the  already impressive  1199 Panigale  ‘R’ specification, the Superleggera incorporates a  magnesium  monocoque  frame and forged Marchesini magnesium wheels  before taking lightweight to the extreme with  a carbon fibre rear sub-frame and bodywork, lithium-ion battery (LIB) and full titanium exhaust system  with stainless steel headers.  Many of the bolts and fasteners on both engine and chassis are also fashioned in titanium.    Additional  enhancements include lightweight Öhlins FL916  front suspension with fully-machined fork bottoms and an Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring. The Superleggera’s Brembo M50 Monobloc brakes inherit a racing-style  MCS  19-21  front  master cylinder  and remote adjuster  and its final drive gets upgraded with  a lightweight  Ergal  rear sprocket, and  World Superbike-spec  520  drive chain.  Finer attention to detail is hidden in the shape of the carbon fibre body work, which is moulded with the same high-penetration form normally provided by the “R” spec add-on aero-kit.

10-11-11 1199 SuperleggeraThe Superquadro engine, which sports titanium con-rods and inlet valves, now  adds titanium exhaust valves,  and, for the first time on a Ducati street engine,  special  two-ring pistons. These pistons, usually found on racing Superbikes, use short skirts and only two rings (compression and oil), allowing them to dramatically reduce mass and friction. To further increase performance, the combustion chamber is also modified to Superbike specs by a new piston crown that  increases compression ratio. Added to this is  a super-lightened  crankshaft,  precision balanced  using  dense tungsten inserts.  The  enhancements result in an incredible output of more than 200hp as it rolls out of Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna, Italy. The Superleggera’s outstanding power-to-weight ratio can be enhanced even further with the supplied track-only Race Kit**. The kit, which increases power by 5hp and reduces weight by  2.5kg  (5.5  lb),  consists of a titanium Akrapovič  race exhaust system including silencers and 2-in-1 collector,  high racing windscreen, dedicated dust cover, front and rear paddock  stands,  machined mirror fill-caps,  and removal kits for the registration plate holder, and sidestand.

17-19-19 1199 SuperleggeraThe model’s electronics are also upgraded thanks to the new system for managing front-wheel lift Ducati  Wheelie Control (DWC)  which is  based on an Inertial Platform. This DWC system, along with Ducati  Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC), is optimized with new automatic calibration of rear-tyre size and final transmission ratio. The Ducati Data Analysis+ (DDA+) system adds an additional sensor  and software channel to record and display vehicle lean angles. This impressive array of included  electronics is  completed by a set of race-derived, handlebar mounted control buttons to enable rapid, on-track adjustments to the levels of the pre-selected channels of DTS, DWC, or EBC. Appropriate to its highly exclusive status as one of the most exotic and desirable Ducatis of all time, the  1199 Superleggera is exquisitely dressed  in  Ducati  Corse  Red  base livery, complemented with  forged and  machined magnesium wheels.
*Dry weight **Track use only

04-1-01 1199 Superleggera1199 Superleggera features

  •   Magnesium monocoque
  •   Magnesium wheels
  •   Carbon-fibre rear sub-frame
  •   Öhlins FL916 front suspension
  •   Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension with titanium spring
  •   Single-sided swingarm with 4-way adjustable pivot
  •   Brembo MCS 19-21 front master cylinder
  •   Carbon fibre bodywork
  •   Individual number engraved on the top clamp


  •   Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 titanium valves per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled
  •   World Superbike-style pistons with 2 rings and crown modified for an increased compression ratio
  •   Lightweight crankshaft with tungsten balance inserts
  •   Titanium connecting rods
  •   Full titanium exhaust system


  •   Ducati Traction Control with automatic tyre size recalibration (DTC)
  •   Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC)
  •   Dedicated handlebar buttons for on-track adjustment of DTC, DWC or EBC
  •   Ducati Data Analyser+ with lean sensor (DDA+)
  •   Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS)
  •   Engine Brake Control (EBC)
  •   Riding Modes
  •   Ride-by-Wire
  •   Full LED lighting
  •   Full TFT instrumentation
  •   Lithium-ion battery (LIB)

Race kit

  •   Dust cover
  •   Front and rear paddock stands
  •   License plate holder removal kit
  •   High racing windscreen
  •   Sidestand removal kit
  •   Machined mirror fill-caps
  •   Full race exhaust system by Akrapovič.

2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera Technical Specifications:

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