Along with the new 1299, Ducati has updated the existing Panigale 1199R in order to remain in World Superbike, “where Ducati came from,” said Domenicali. He continued, “but next year we will need to race with the new rules, and any manufacturer without a very strong production motorcycle will not be successful. We did something special. The Panigale R.” The Panigale R now has a so-called "superbike-tuned" engine, revving to 12,500 rpm, using a two-ring piston and titanium connecting rods. An adjustable swingarm and full titanium exhaust aim to make the Panigale R race ready. The total package is around 13 pounds lighter than the previous 1199 Panigale R (Ducati says the new R is 379 pounds wet—“By far the lightest sports motorcycle ever,” said Domenicali), with a claimed 205 hp on tap.