Previously on The Bike Show, we filmed a whole feature on Ducati’s spectacular Panigale Superleggera and presumed it to be the last big V-twin superbike to be released from the Bologna factory based on the imminent unveiling of their V-four superbike later this year.

As the piece was edited, mixed and packaged, and the point of no return was long past, a press release was sent out stating that Ducati was proud to announce that will be releasing the Panigale R Final Edition as a final homage to their V-twin superbike ancestry.

Bastards!

Still, at least the world gets one more look at what has made Ducati famous since they released their first V-twin in the early 70s. More importantly, South Africa has had its first look at their final go at a big V-twin as the first Final Edition model, that was flown in specially for a customer, has landed and has been uncrated.

The Panigale R Final Edition comes with all the performance goodies of the Panigale R, on which Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri’s World Superbike race bikes are based, plus it receives a special commemorative livery and each triple clamp is specially numbered, although Ducati say that for now they are not limiting said numbers like they did on the Superleggera which was capped at 500 units.

The Panigale R Final Edition and all its  glory is on sale for R650 000 and, as Ducati has promised, there will be more units available.

Ducati Final Edition in SA

The Ducati Panigale R Final Edition being uncrated at Ducati in Randburg.

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