The smooth and effective Ducati Traction Control system functions through ignition retard and fuel-injection cuts.
New Brembo M50 Monobloc calipers are exclusive to the Panigale. In Race riding mode, the $1000-optional ABS works only at the front, while in Sport or Wet modes, front application also activates the rear brake and the overall settings are less aggressive. Like the other electronic rider aids, the ABS can be switched off.
Three-level engine-braking control makes a big difference in the bike's feeling on corner entry. Setting Three offers a near-two-stroke-like lack of engine braking.
Full LED lighting, including headlights, is standard.
From the under-engine mufflers to the repositioned, stressed-member engine, the complete repackaging of the Panigale has concentrated mass nearer the roll and yaw centers, leading to easier directional changes and better handling.
The only items deemed mandatory for this clean-sheet redesign were desmodromic valve actuation and a 90-degree Vee. Everything else could be, and was, changed. The major service interval is 15,000 miles.
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires are said to be "road-going replicas of the official World Superstock 1000" rubber. A 120/70ZR17 front is complemented by a 200/55ZR17 rear. Their performance at the track test was excellent.
Wet slipper clutch features hydraulic actuation and mechanical servo assist under load to keep springs, and therefore lever pull, light.
Multifunctions save weight: Aluminum front frame section that bolts to the stressed-member engine also forms the airbox. The airbox "lid" is actually the bottom panel of the aluminum fuel tank, with a rubber seal between the two.
The $27,995 Tricolore model gets all options, plus Ducati Data Analyzer+ (with GPS mapping), fancy paint and a titanium muffler kit.