By Thomas Shambler
Because nine decades deserves a special-edition Panigale 1299
Introducing the Ducati 1299 Panigale S Anniversario. Launched to mark the iconic brand's 90th anniversary, the special edition Panigale S features the same aluminium monocoque chassis and 1,285cc L-twin engine, as well as a sophisticated new control system.
Ducati is only planning on building 500 examples of the anniversary model, each priced at US$29,000. For that, you also get a fancy new red-white-and-black colour scheme and gold lettering that proclaims 'Ninety Years of passion and performance.
Ducati might be 90 years old, but its involvement with motorbikes didn't begin until the 1940s. Its first model – the Cucciolo (Italian for 'puppy') was just 44-kilograms, powered by a 48cc engine that could hit speeds of 59 miles per hour.