Ducati to keep building V-twins
Ducati has promised to keep its iconic V-twin engine in its line-up until at least 2020.
Talking to MCN, the firm from Bologna said that the 1299 Final Edition will be produced in unlimited numbers until next decade, providing there is still demand. This is mainly due to the FE being Euro4-compliant, whereas previous 1299 models only met Euro3 levels.
The 959 ‘middleweight’ bike will also remain in production for the foreseeable future.
Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, said: “We won’t see middleweight versions of the V4 for bikes like the 959 Panigale,” on account of cost. The new V4 is expensive to produce compared with a twin, and in the more price-sensitive middleweight segment it makes more sense to keep the V-twin 959 going. "It’ll have a long life" he said.
Ducati announced a new Corse edition of the 959 this year which features Öhlins suspension front and rear, a stacked Akrapovic exhaust and a MotoGP-inspired colour scheme.