As the success of the bevel drive NCR 900’s started to wane Ducati introduced a new engine that would provide the motive power for the next generation of racers in the form of the belt drive Pantah v-twin. The first machine to employ the new engine took to the track in 1980. Displacing 583cc and producing 70bhp they employed a frame based on the standard Pantah SL but equipped with uprated Marzocchi suspension.
Marzocchi rear shocks are fitted and the front end employs 35mm Marzocchi forks and yokes, 28mm discs with Brembo callipers and master cylinders provide the braking. The 650cc engine breathes through a pair of 36mm Dell’Orto carburettors and a stainless steel Quill exhaust system is fitted. A dry clutch and three dog gearbox transmit the power.