The Special-Edition Ducati Panigale Celebrates 25 Years of the Legendary Superbike

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is one bad bike.
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Ducati is celebrating the iconic 916 superbike's 25th birthday with an exclusive model brimming with racy components.

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is based on the Panigale V4 S, a slightly tamer version of their most powerful production bike ever: the V4 R

Still, it's got plenty of guts thanks to a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 that produces a face-melting 214 horses at 13,000 rpm.

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The Italian moto marque has also incorporated much of the V4 R's MotoGP-worthy equipment, including a Ducati Corse-spec front frame, dry clutch, forged magnesium racing wheels, titanium exhaust, and multiple weight-saving carbon fiber and aluminum parts. 

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There's also a ton of track-bred technology on board. Ducati Quick Shift EVO 2 is dialed for aggro gear changes, and active Ducati Traction Control EVO 2 provides greater stability by adjusting for grip loss in corners almost instantaneously. 

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Complete with a livery lifted from the 996 SBK—winner of the 1999 World Superbike Championship—the Anniversario 916 serves as a fitting tribute to a historic motorcycle.

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Ducati notes that the 916 has won 120 World Superbike races and six riders' titles since its introduction, four of them with racing legend "King" Carl Fogarty.

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Priced at $47,294, only 500 Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916s will be available beginning in October.