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Say hello to the Ducati Streetfighter V4

Ducati have finally taken the covers off the all-new Ducati Streetfighter V4.

We’ve already seen most of the new model, and Ducati revealed the headline specs in a teaser video last week. Figures such as 208bhp, and a claimed dry weight of 178kg. To go with those figures is a torque output of 122Nm. Slightly more than the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, but slightly behind the upcoming Kawasaki Z H2.

Ducati’s full spec sheet reveals that the kerb weight of the new models will be 201kg for the Streetfighter V4, and 199kg for the higher-spec Streetfighter V4 S. That’s quite a jump from the figure in the teaser video, and is much closer to the competition.

Despite the added weight, the Streetfighter is still a naked bike with over 200bhp, and that means stability was a bit of an issue. Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali says the bi-plane wings took a lot of work, but the result is 28kg of downforce at 167mph. That’s great, but there is literally zero wind protection on the Streetfighter – the top of the 5″ TFT dash is level with the top of the tank. At least the Z H2 has a little screen. The bike might be stable at 167mph, but your head certainly won’t be.

Here’s what we’ll get with the new models.

We’ll start with the higher-spec model because almost nobody buys the base model Ducatis. In a nutshell, the S gets some more electronic rider aids, acronyms and suspension. Electronically fully-adjustable Ohlins NIX30 45mm forks keep things in control at the front of the V4, while an electronically fully-adjustable Ohlins TTX36 shock keeps things in check at the back.

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The base model Streetfighter gets fully-adjustable (the old-fashioned way) 43mm Showa BPF forks at the front, and a Sachs rear shock, which is again fully-adjustable, but you’ll have to do more than just press a button.

Here’s the long list of electronic safety equipment that comes as standard on both models: Riding modes, power modes, cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, and auto tyre calibration.

The base model also gets Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQL) up/down EVO 2, full LED lighting with daytime running lights, Sachs steering damper, auto-off indicators, and Ducati’s Multimedia System. The S gets all of the above, plus Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper and Marchesini aluminium-forged wheels.

Buried right at the bottom of the spec sheet is the consumption and emissions section. The Streetfighter V4 only meets Euro 4 emissions regulations, and Euro 5 starts getting phased in on January 1, 2020. Does that mean the first run of Streetfighter V4s will all be sold under derogation? It’s a sneaky way for Ducati to grab all the headlines with that insane power figure, while getting a further two years to make the engine cleaner and just as powerful.

Both models will be available from March 2020, with the base model costing €19,990 (£17,288), and the S model coming in at €22,990 (£19,883). AKA, bloody expensive.

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