Two recent video reviews of the Ducati 1199 Panigale against its natural European sports bike competitors, the Aprilia RSV4 and BMW S1000RR, have concluded that whilst the newest Ducati Superbike is much faster than the 1198 it still can’t match the outright lunge of the Bavarian Bruiser that won its first ever World Superbike race last weekend.
Both MCN and Motorcycle.com have posted teaser videos ahead of their full reviews. Rather predictably the BMW suffers for being more Japanese with its inline 4 engine, the Aprilia is praised for its V4 soundtrack and the new Ducati is still a Ducati but now one that needs to be revved to get the most out of it.
The surprise given the headline 195hp claim is that both reviews note the BMW S1000RR is still faster than the Ducati 1199 Panigale S whilst being more affordable. It would appear that the great leap forward in power that has been seen with the 1199 over the 1198, impressive as it is, has now made the Ducati simply competitive in the power stakes. Still I know which bike I’d prefer to own.
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