On Friday night of the Laguna Seca round of the World Superbike Championship, in nearby Pebble Beach, Ducati unveiled what will be the last V-twin-powered 1299 Panigale. It will be succeeded next year—according to CEO Claudio Domenicali—by a V-four-powered superbike, which could make this 1299 Panigale R Final Edition the end of V-twin superbikes from Ducati for the rest of time.

Ducati’s 1299 Panigale R FE
Ducati’s 1299 Panigale R Final Edition falls somewhere between the 1299 Panigale S and Superleggera on the spec sheet. The paint, that’s unique.Ducati

Domenicali leaned heavily on the history of V-twin superbike racing at Ducati, referencing the Bologna firm's first win, way back in 1988 with the 851, and giving a tip of the hat to all of the bikes in between—from 916 to 1098 to frameless Panigales. This type of reminiscing certainly suggests that the era of V-twin flagships at Ducati has come to an end for good.

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Sure, it’s part marketing: But if this really is the last flagship superbike from Ducati that’s a V-twin, that’s a big deal.Zack Courts

Technically speaking, the 1299 FE is basically a mashup of the Superleggera and the showroom-spec 1299 Panigale. The engine is, "an offshoot" of the Superleggera—it uses the up-spec/lightened crankshaft with tungsten inserts, as well as the larger, titanium valves and cams with increased lift. When push comes to shove, the FE puts out a claimed 209 horsepower at 11,000 rpm. That's more than the base 1299's 205 hp but less than the Superleggera's 215 hp.

2017 1299 Panigale
The shape of the Panigale as we’ve come to know it is maintained. Except for the racy pipes, that’s some of the Superleggera bleeding through.Ducati

One of the more obvious bits draped over the FE is the titanium Akrapovic exhaust, with two giant cans pointed backwards above the rear wheel, modeled after the racebike’s system. There’s also fully adjustable and drool-worthy Ohlins suspension (that’s an NIX30 fork and TTX36 shock) and obvious Brembo M50 brakes paired with 330mm rotors. Beefy stuff.

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The Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition’s backside. Need we say more?Ducati

As for electronics, you name it and the 1299 FE has it—power modes, traction control, cornering ABS, wheelie control, engine braking, a quickshifter, all adjustable and working in tandem with an IMU and Bosch ABS technology to try to keep this prized possession shiny side up.

1299 Panigale R exhaust
In racing, the screens help keep gravel or debris from getting into the engine or otherwise damaging the exhaust. On street bikes, like the 1299 Final Edition, it just looks badass.Ducati

The 1299 FE production will be numbered but not limited—meaning you’ll feel special, but Ducati isn’t promising just how special it’ll be. A lot of people might want a bite at this apple. Tri-color paint is mandatory and damned handsome in person. How much, you say? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. Ducati dealers will facilitate test rides and pricing information if your bank account is ready.

Ducati 1299
How many kidneys would you sell to have a 1299 Panigale R Final Edition in your garage? Look at this photo while you think about it.Zack Courts

TECH SPEC

EVOLUTION
The 1299 Panigale and Superleggera combine to create the last V-twin Ducati superbike ever.
RIVALS
The test of time (plus every other superbike on the market)
TECH
ENGINE 1285cc liquid-cooled v-twin
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 209 hp @ 11,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 104.9 lb.-ft. @ 9000 rpm
FRAME Aluminum monocoque
FRONT SUSPENSION Ohlins NIX 30 fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
REAR SUSPENSION Ohlins TTX36 shock, adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
FRONT BRAKE Brembo four-piston calipers, 330mm discs with ABS
REAR BRAKE n/a
RAKE/TRAIL 24° / n/a in.
CLAIMED WEIGHT 395 lb. (no fuel)
AVAILABLE now
CONTACT ducatiusa.com
VERDICT
A fitting sendoff for the last holdout of the V-twin superbike.