The Ducati 1199 Superleggera – an extra-sharp version of the already astonishing 1199 Panigale – has only recently started making its way into dealers. But the newness of this lighter, more powerful version of Ducati’s current performance flagship hasn’t dissuaded at least one designer from proposing a dramatic new look for it. Ulfert Janssen, who currently works for the Swiss firm Gannet Design, has created the rather enticing renderings seen here.
Although Janssen has retained most of the stock 1199 Superleggera’s super-stiff, super-light magnesium monocoque frame, it has been completely shorn of the stock bodywork and other cosmetic components. The front and rear fenders appear to be unchanged, but the parts between them most certainly are. The gas tank is contained inside red cladding that flows back and forth as it works its way down to the underside of the engine and the exhaust outlets. Surrounding this red bodywork are white bits (including the seat) that do have a definite flow to them. In fact, the detailing incorporated into the lower front of the bodywork reminds us of Mazda’s short-lived Nagare styling language.
However, the mechanical aspects of this organic-looking superbike are pure Ducati. The 1,198cc Superquadro L-twin, Brembo brakes, and Öhlins suspension are just some of the key components from the factory-standard Superleggera that are retained. And that’s fine by us, as is the retro-style “Ducati” lettering on the bodywork and molded-in Gannet Design logo. Hopefully we’ll be getting more views of this coachbuild crotch rocket – maybe even views of a real one, rather than these admittedly super-detailed renderings – in the near future.
Source: Gannet Design