2019 Ducati V4 Superbike spotted. Delivers 220bhp?
Ducati has confirmed that they are working on a V4 superbike to succeed the Panigale range. A special ‘final edition’ of the latter will be launched at the Laguna Seca and that will be the last in its range.
The new bike will adopt many of Ducati MotoGP technology which the manufacturer has developed over the years. They will also homologate the 1,000cc V4 engine from their Desmosedici MotoGP race bike for production. This makes it a very interesting motorcycle to look forward to.
2019 Ducati V4 Superbike – Design
Instead of cloning their MotoGP bike the new Ducati V4 will adopt evolutionary design changes from the Panigale. This is pretty subtle considering how drastic a change the new engine is. It is also not clear whether the styling will differ upon entering production (though unlikely).
Ducati moves away from it frameless architecture, though lightly. The shortened, semi-monocoque chassis is attached to both cylinder heads and to the headstock, with the airbox housed inside it. It seems to be made with alumium and is still almost half the size of a normal frame.
2019 Ducati V4 Superbike Engine and specification
The new V4 superbike will most definitely have more power than the Panigale, however to what extend is still not known. We hope to see something more than the Superleggera, which is pushing towards the 220bhp marks. Ducati could use a bigger 1299cc V4 engine on the base and S variants while the WSBK-homologation ‘R’ variant could use a 1000cc engine, similar to what they are doing now.
2019 Ducati V4 Superbike price and release date
The Ducati V4 cannot be priced more than €40,000 (£35,000,~$45,458) in its ‘R’ variant due to WSB regulations, so it will most definitely be priced lower than that. The base variant should start at half this price, which is very close to the existing Panigale range.
Ducati will see the EICMA, Milan as the perfect venue to officially debut the bike. However, launch will only happen in 2018 and WSBK debut will further be delayed till 2019.
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