Borgo Panigale’s two-wheeled panther draws power from a ruthless 998cc Testastretta L-twin, which is connected to a dry multi-plate clutch and a six-speed gearbox. The liquid-cooled DOHC mill comes with eight desmodromic valves, Weber-Marelli fuel injection componentry, and a compression ratio of 11.4:1.
When the crank turns at 9,750 revs per minute, this beastly titan is capable of generating as much as 136 hp, while a peak torque output of 78 pound-feet (106 Nm) will be spawned lower down the rpm range. The engine’s oomph can lead to a terrifying top speed of 170 mph (274 kph), and it’ll catapult its bearer past the quarter-mile mark in eleven seconds flat.
A tubular steel trellis frame is responsible for holding everything in place, with its front end sitting on TiN-coated 43 mm (1.7 inches) upside-down forks. On the other end, suspension duties are carried out by a fully-adjustable Ohlins monoshock with progressive linkage.
Plentiful stopping power is the product of premium Brembo calipers pinching dual 320 mm (12.6 inches) brake discs up north and a single 240 mm (9.4 inches) rotor down south. When there’s no fuel inside its 4.1-gallon (15.5-liter) tank, the 999S weighs in at 439 pounds (199 kg).
If you’d like to see this stunner parked in your garage, then be sure to pay the BaT (Bring a Trailer) website a visit before the afternoon of May 8, as that’s when the no-reserve auction will end. For the time being, the top bidder is willing to spend 6,000 bones on Ducati’s sporty gladiator – a modest sum considering its huge potential as a future collector’s item!