When surveying the current superbike landscape, the Ducati 1199 Panigale stands taller than most. Its close-coupled bodywork, booming L-twin engine and strong, lightweight frame (of which the engine is a structural member) conspire to provide astonishing performance. Essentially, it’s the two-wheeled analogue to a famous four-wheeled pavement scorcher that also hails from Italy, the Ferrari 458 Italia.
But what if Ducati was to make an 1199 that was conceptually similar to the Ferrari 458 Speciale? You know, more power, less weight and trick chassis bits? Well, it would probably look and feel a lot like the 2014 1199 Superleggera.