It is universally agreed that the 1199 Panigale is one of the most gorgeous motorcycles from the Ducati stable, hands down.
Bike of the year 2012 for many, the Panigale has always been like a pin-up for both young and old to drool upon, just like Monica Belluci.
Well, now, the news is that, apparently, the Ducati 1199 Panigale seems to be to too loud for the Japanese market. And to concur with the stringent noise norms, Ducati have carried out a few modifications on the Panigale before its release in the land of the rising sun next month. The Japanese version of the Panigale now sports a black carbon fiber exhaust can in place of the original underbelly exhaust, in addition to a larger plastic clutch cover and revised engine map.
The Panigale’s revised exhaust system, which appears to have been just welded onto directly onto the bent pipes, adds 8 pounds (about 3.5 kgs) to the stock system. While it certainly detracts from the Panigale’s exotic looks, the bigger concern here is the fact that peak horsepower is now limited to just 137 PS. That’s plenty, but we reckon hardcore sport bikers won’t take it too well anyways.
Source: Asphalt and Rubber