Ducati release the final version of their all-new, top-of-the-range V4 supersport motorcycle.
It’s been teased for so long, but finally the Ducati V4 Panigale is here.
Replacing the much-loved 1299 at the top of the Ducati supersport tree, the new V4 Panigale is aiming to be the ultimate, sports motorcycle. Ducati make the usual claims with regards to enhanced performance, but with substantial frame and chassis changes, they’re laying even bigger stakes down with regards to its improved ‘rideability’.
With it’s MotoGP heritage, it remains to be seen as to whether that is enhance Lorenzo-like rideability or if you need the Ducati wrangling ability of Dovisiozo. But one things is clear.
This thing is a beauty.
“The new Panigale V4 is the essence of sport motorcycling in its most exhilarating and pure form: redefined design, new engine, state-of-the-art chassis and innovative electronics. A concentrated blend of Ducati technology, style and performance.”
The new Panigale V4’s standard equipment includes: Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, full-LED headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, quick control selection, automatic switch-off of turn signals.
But it will also come in two, sportier specifications. The Panigale 1409 S and the 1409 Speciale. Both come with incrementally improved parts and the top-range Speciale is strictly limited edition.
For Ducati, the V4 layout at 90° is the utmost expression of sportiness for a motorcycle engine. It is no coincidence that it is the same solution used in the MotoGP Desmosedici engines.
On street bikes the crankshaft rotates in the same direction as the wheels. In contrast, in MotoGP the counter-rotating crankshaft that rotates in the opposite direction is commonly used. The Desmosedici Stradale borrowed this technical solution from MotoGP.
The crank pins, offset by 70° like on the Desmosedici GP, require a “Twin Pulse” firing order to generate power that is easy to handle and optimise traction when coming out of curves (“Big Bang” effect). Thanks to this firing order the Desmosedici Stradale makes a unique and distinctive sound.
On the Desmosedici Stradale the design of the desmodromic system is a key factor for obtaining top performance.
The new Panigale V4 is equipped with a 43 mm diameter Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) that is fully adjustable in the compression and extension of the hydraulic brake and in the spring preload.
While the new Panigale V4 mounts 3-spoke cast aluminium rims, the new Panigale V4 S and Panigale Speciale are equipped with 3-spoke aluminium alloy rims.
The Panigale V4 range exclusively incorporates the brand new Brembo Stylema® monobloc callipers that represent the evolution of the already high performance M50 callipers.
The proximity of the new Panigale V4 to the racing world is underlined by the lightweight 16 litre aluminium tank that, as is the case with racing bikes, has a portion of the capacity situated under the rider’s seat.
The Bosch ABS system, equipped with “”Cornering”” functionality that engages the ABS even when the bike is leaning into a curve, has evolved extensively with the introduction of new intervention logic and control types.
The DTC EVO on the new Panigale V4 is based on an algorithm that makes its interventions more precise and quick.
The introduction of the 6D IMU has made it possible to add Ducati Slide Control (DSC) to Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), developed in collaboration with Ducati Corse.
The DQS EVO with up/down function, fine tuned for the Panigale V4, compared to the previous 1299 system Panigale uses the lean angle information to maximise the motorcycle’s stability during shift changes in corners.
The new “”Front Frame””, left visible for all to see, becomes an integral part of the motorcycle giving it a tight fairing, practically custom tailored.
Simplicity and integration inspired the designers for the fairing with a “double layer” solution: a main outer part with a reduced longitudinal extension, and a secondary part that functions as an air extractor for the radiator.
The plasticity of the “”diamond”” tank, a Ducati trademark, assists the rider at all stages of track driving.
The tail guard of the single-seater version is all one piece, to emphasise the “ready-to-race” character of the bike.
DISPLACEMENT: 1,103 cc
POWER: 157.5 kW (214 hp) @ 13,000 rpm
TORQUE: 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm
DRY WEIGHT: 175 kg (386 lb)
SEAT HEIGHT: 830 mm (32.48 in)
SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration
MAINTENANCE (KM/MONTHS): 12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months