New metal – Ducati Project 1408


Ducati has released a micro website for Project 1408, the name of its secret new super superbike.

While the site itself has no information as such – it doesn’t even tease what Project 1408 could be – insiders within the factory have hinted that the bike will be a new Superleggera model, based on the Ducati 1299, which makes extensive use of the company’s MotoGP and WSBK involvement.

The bike will be far more than just a 1199 Superleggera with a new 1299 engine, and will feature carbon fibre throughout – for the frameless chassis, headstock, airbox and swingarm.

The wheels will also be carbon fibre, and will be manufactured by British company BST. Other trinkets include Öhlins suspension and a WSBK spec exhaust which ditches the underslung unit in favour of an underseat system.

rather than underslung below the chassis.

The motor too will be close to WSBK-spec, and should be good for some  220hp, which means Project 1408 will be the most powerful superbike ever from the Italian factory.x

This bike will be the final version of the Panigale line, with a replacement superbike, likely to be a V4, expected to be launched in 2018.



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