I have a r1200r, same engine as the s.
Knowing my bike I would never envision it to be a good crotch rocket type. The boxer engine is nowhere comparable to any inline 4 or v-twin in terms of power band. Though on specs the torque peaks at 6000 rpm, I feel the torque on my bike plateauing at 5000 rpm.
At practical level, this bike is at it's best cruising at leisurely pace. Because of that the bike kinda grows on me; it is so much fun to ride in the most practical riding conditions.
I would take the ducati if speed is what you look for though. I almost pulled the trigger on a ducati streetfighter 4 months ago; decided not to at my wife's stern warning. Still thinking about it all the time. Someday, perhaps.