After months of rumours, leaks and teasing, Ducati finally reveal their new, road-going V4 engine.
The new, 90° V4 engine designed to power the Ducati supersport bikes of the coming years is something that Ducati are very proud of.
So proud are they, that they have take-over the MotoGP weekend at the Macto Simoncelli Misano World Circuit this weekend to showcase their new technology.
There’s a lot at stake here. For Ducati, the switch to a four-cylinder engine may be born out of years of experience within MotoGP, but this Desmosedici Stradale is the first time that the Bologna-based manufacturer have developed an engine of this nature for their road-going machines. It’s been called the Stradale for a reason.
“It’s with undiluted pride that we unveil this technological gem. It represents the start of a new chapter for our company, underlining our vitality and an unshakeable commitment to investment in new products” – Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO
Whilst the technical aspects of the engineering are undoubtedly impressive, most fans and motorcycle punters will be looking for information on the first motorcycle out of the Ducati stable to feature the new power-plant.
Today was about showcasing the V4 itself, but Ducati have confirmed that the reveal of an all new Ducati Panigale V4 will be made on November the 5th at 9pm. Conveniently timed for the Milan Motorcycle Show / EICMA that takes place that weekend.
“This engine also highlights the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the factory bike development team, proving just how instrumental racing can be in developing the technology that is later applied on production bikes.
In November, at EICMA, we’ll be showcasing the new Panigale V4, an all-new motorcycle powered by this extraordinary engine”
Main technical data:
- 1,103 cm³ 4-cylinder 90-degree V
- Bore x stroke 81 x 53.5 mm
- Compression ratio 14:1
- Maximum power exceeds 210 hp at 13,000 rpm
- Maximum torque exceeds 120 Nm from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm
- Counter-rotating crankshaft
- Twin Pulse firing sequence, crank pins offset at 70°
- Euro 4 emissions
- Desmodromic part chain, part gear timing with dual overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder
- Wet multiplate anti-patter servo clutch
- Semi-dry sump lubrication with four oil pumps: 1 delivery and 3 return
- Fuelling with four oval throttle bodies (52 mm diameter equivalent) and variable-height intake horns
- 6-speed gearbox with DQS up/down system
- 24,000 km “Desmo-service” maintenance interval (15,000 miles)