Vehicles | July 5, 2016 9:00 am

This 90th-Ann’y Ducati Comes With Something Called “Wheelie Control”

Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Here’s how it works.

Officially, 2016 is the year of the dog.

Unofficially, it’s also the year of the automotive anniversary.

After carmakers like Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Camaro treated themselves to four-wheeled birthday gifts over the first six months of ‘16, it’s finally time for a two-wheeled house of horsepower to join the party.

To mark its 90th, Ducati is creating a limited run of 1299 Panigale S Anniversario bikes, the first of which was unveiled at the just-concluded World Ducati Week 2016. Limited to 500 models, the lightweight superbike is built on a 205-HP Superquadro engine with extra-large air intakes ingeniously installed into the the chopper’s Monoscocca chassis.

And in addition to anti-lock brakes, carbon components, LEDs and aluminium-top triple clamps laser-inscribed with the model’s name and number, the powerful bikes are equipped with something specially designed for the true moto enthusiast: Ducati’s “Wheelie Control” technology.

According to the company, the DWC tech “recognizes front-wheel lift and responds” with a “maximum possible acceleration” level that allows “the throttle to be maintained open without fear of the wheelie getting out of control.”

If Ducati’s worry-free wheelies sound like your cup of cappuccino, contact a dealer.