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Old 07-17-2015, 08:00 AM   #1
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Ducati 1299 Streetfighter on the way

Press launch of mystery new road bike on track at the end of September

Ducati 1299 Streetfighter on the way
The old 1099cc Streetfighter

Ducati 1299 Streetfighter on the way
And the new 1299 Panigale S

IT’S been a big year for new Ducati models, with the Scrambler, new Multistrada 1200 and the 205hp 1299 Panigale – and the firm hasn’t finished yet.

Visordown has received an invitation to the press launch of a mystery new model at the end of September.

Details of the bike are not revealed in the invitation, only that the launch will consist of a ‘track test for a road bike’.

Now, we’re speculating here, but a quick look at Ducati’s range reveals a notable hole left by the discontinuation in 2013 of the 1099cc Streefighter. With a crop of new super-nakeds from the competition since then, like Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 and BMW’s S1000R, it doesn’t seem unlikely that Ducati would launch a Panigale-based 1299 Streetfighter, complete with monocoque chassis and latest-generation engine.

The fact the test ride is to be on track means we can rule out another edition of the Scrambler, while a new super-naked would be well described as a ‘road bike’. A 1299 Streetfighter would make a more extreme super-naked alternative to the 132hp Streetfighter 848, which remains in the line-up.

However, an upgraded variant of the 899 Panigale would also make sense, given the 1299 replaced the 1199 for 2015.

We’ll let you know more as soon we're able.
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