Next Bike Sdn Bhd recently opened its latest Ducati store in Pavilion KL, where it also showed off the Ducati 1199 Superleggera. The limited-edition superbike, which is on display at the shopping mall outlet till January 23, can be yours for RM488,888 (nett selling price).

The 1199 Superleggera is billed as the lightest superbike ever created at 155 kg. With over 200 hp and 134 Nm from its Superquadro L-twin engine, the featherweight 1199 has the highest power-to-weight ratio of any production motorcycle in history. To keep weight down, materials such as titanium, magnesium and carbon fibre were used. Only 500 units will be made, each with its individual number inscribed on the top clamp.

Half a million bucks for a bike sounds mad, and you’d think that Ducati bosses will be rubbing their hands with glee when receiving the cheques, but it’s not a straightforward process, even if you have the cash and want to buy one. We understand that Ducati will be “very selective when it comes to determining worthy owners” and all prospects will have to go through a thorough short-listing process.

Here’s something (slightly) more achievable, the Ducati 1199 Panigale.