The Ducati 899 Panigale is on its way out, to be replaced for 2016 by a new 959 Panigale. The new sportbike was revealed in an executive order released by the California Air Resources Board, certifying it for sale in the state. The new 959 Panigale will assuredly be one of the nine new models Ducati has promised will debut at EICMA in November alongside the also-revealed (thanks, CARB!) Hypermotard 939 family.
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According to the CARB document, the 959 Panigale will be powered by a 955cc engine, a 57cc boost from the 899. The certification document does not reveal any further details, though we can safely assume the engine is a 90-degree V-Twin like other Ducati sportbikes. Still unknown is how the bore and stroke differ from the outgoing model’s 100mm x 57.2mm. An overbore to 103.1mm would bring the current motor to 955cc, or the bigger displacement could be a combo of bore and stroke increases.
Despite the larger engine, the 959 Panigale has lower hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emission levels than the 899, an attempt to meet new Euro 4 emission standards which come into effect in Europe on Jan. 1, 2016.
As for any other details, we’ll have to wait until the lead up to EICMA where the 959 Panigale will make its debut.