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Ducati and BMW Motorrad underlined their luxury car connections by pulling the covers off their latest models at the Frankfurt Motor Show. On the eve of the show, the Italian manufacturer, now owned by Audi, unveiled its 899 Panigale , while BMW showcased the production version of the C evolution electric maxi-scooter. 


According to the Munich manufacturer, the scooter “combines dynamic riding performance and cutting-edge technology with the benefits of zero-emission power to create a whole new experience on two wheels”. It was revealed alongside the new BMW i8 electric sports car. 

Meanwhile, Ducati chose to unveil the 899 Panigale alongside the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept car. Similar to its big brother, the 1199 Panigale, the 899 is powered by the Superquadro two-cylinder engine, which makes 148 horsepower and 73 pound-feet of torque with a reduced bore and stroke of 100mm x 57.2mm, compared to the 1199's 112mm x 60.8mm. The engine remains a fully stressed member of the bike's monocoque. Another key difference is the use of a more conventional, dual-sided swingarm in place of the bigger bike's single-sided unit.

Despite the decrease in horsepower, the 899's power-to-weight ratio of 2.9 pounds per horsepower (using the 425-pound wet weight with no rider) is symbolic of its track-oriented nature. It also includes many of the electronic aides of the 1199, such as triple-stage anti-lock brakes, electronic throttle control, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and Engine Brake Control (EBC).