Ducati 1199 Panigale Fast But BMW Faster

Ducati 1199 Panigale Cover

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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4 Responses to “Ducati 1199 Panigale Fast But BMW Faster”

  1. Too many people get caught up on which is fastest. All three of these bikes are within a tenths of seconds in lap times at any given track. The more important thing is the all around package. Does the bike handle? (yes) Does the bikes electronics aid the rider without being too intrusive? (uh, yea) Is the bike fun? (sure) For a lot of people it does come down to brand loyalty as well. Am I a Ducatisti? (oh hell yea) I mean BMW built a great bike. It is certainly the overall speed winner, but when you get off of it, does it just feel like a better R1 or does if feel like something special. To each their own, but when I get off my 1198, Monster, and soon 1199, then I think to myself, Life is Good!

  2. Well said Tony. All bikes are great bikes, and a horsepower here or there means nothing really to us mere mortals. The only thing that matters is what bike speaks to you. And a Ducati speaks to me like no other bike does. Mine feels to me the same as the day I first bought it. That’s what should drive your opinion on buying a bike or not. Well, that and your wallet, sadly my wallet says no to a Panigale.

  3. A r35 gtr will out perform a Ferrari. But I think everyone would still choose the Ferrari.

  4. Fast bikes used to provide lap times with each test and top gear (on same track granted) also do it with the cars they test MCN had three days and two days on the track with neil hodgson why can’t they man up and post some lap times.
    Saying the bmw is “faster” is not objective. Fours usually feel faster and is most likely is, it would be great to have some objective info. standing qtr mile in a straight line is also not really useful.
    MCN – the Sun of motorcycle journalism.