Panigale In Photos

Ducati unveils 1199 R at Circuit of The Americas.

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Ducati pulled the wraps off its top-of-the-line racer-replica, the $29,995 1199 Panigale R, today in Austin, Texas, at the fabulous new Circuit of The Americas. Ducati MotoGP riders Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies were on hand to ride the production bikes for photos prior to the world press launch.

Senior Editor Blake Conner is representing Cycle World at the event. Here are his initial impressions from this morning: "I just completed two sessions at Circuit of The Americas on the Ducati Panigale R," he said. "Without a doubt, this is the best racetrack in America! The motorcycle is awesome, too. I can't think of a better production sportbike that I've ridden on a track."

Blake will post a First Ride of the 1199 Panigale R later this week. In the meantime, enjoy the gallery.

Ducati 1199 Panigale - engine

Ducati 1199 Panigale - Superquadro V-Twin: 195 horsepower at 10,750 rpm, 98.1 foot-pounds of torque at 9000 rpm

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - right-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - right-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Hayden-Spies #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Hayden-Spies #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - left-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - left-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #3

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #3

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - front/headlight

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - front/headlight

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Nicky Hayden in-action #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - side cockpit close-up view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - side cockpit close-up view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - tail section

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - tail section

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Hayden-Spies #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Hayden-Spies #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - 43mm Ohlins NIX30 DES fork

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - 43mm Ohlins NIX30 DES fork

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - single-sided swingarm with adjustable pivot

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - single-sided swingarm with adjustable pivot

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Öhlins TTX36 DES shock

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Öhlins TTX36 DES shock

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - seat/tail section

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - seat/tail section

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - fuel tank

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - carbon-fiber trimwork, 4.5-gallon gas tank

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - 3/4 view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - 3/4 view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - left-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - left-side view

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - mufflers

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Termignoni 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust with aluminum-wrapped stainless steel mufflers

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - clutch

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - slipper-type, multi-plate wet clutch with hydraulic actuation

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #1

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #2

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #3

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #3

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #4

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Ben Spies in-action #4

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Claudio Domenicali

Ducati 1199 Panigale R - Claudio Domenicali