2019 Ducati Panigale V4 (226hp Speciale) revealed

2018 Ducati Panigale V4 black

Ducati has revealed their all-new V4 superbike at the 2017 EICMA. This is the first mass-produced Ducati motorcycle to be equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, and it is closely derived from their Desmosedici of the MotoGP. A special ‘final edition’ of the last V-Twin flagship Panigale was launched at the Laguna Seca earlier this year.

The new bike will adopt many of Ducati MotoGP technology which the manufacturer has developed over the years. It has been in testing for some time now and now that we have a proper look, we are in complete awe.

Ducati claims that this is probably the most advanced motorcycle that they have ever built and in their own words

a symphony of performance and emotions that’s 100% Italian

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Price €19,250
Release date 2018
Engine V4
Power 214bhp (base)

 

2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Superbike – Design and features

Ducati Panigale V4 2019

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. The bike was adjudged the ‘most beautiful’ at Milan.

Even with all the noticeable differences, all the Italian lines look familiar and the striking red colour looks just as home as in the previous version. What’s under the fairing a different story altogether.

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.

The Ducati Panigale V4 gets an all-new 5-inch display that displays a host of new information. Other features that are present on the base variant include 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.

The Panigale V4 S shifts to more premium Ohlin dampers and damping systems, while the top-spec V4 Speciale comes with ‘Speciale’ colour scheme, carbon fiber parts and a full racing titanium Ducati Performance by Akrapovič.

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2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Superbike Engine and specification

Ducati teased their new V4 engine well before the motorcycle officially released. This just goes on to show how important it is to Ducati’s future. The 1,103 cc V4 is capable of producing 157.5 kW (214 hp) @ 13,000 rpm and 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm in stock. An optional full titanium exhaust system (standard in Speciale) from Akrapovic wit racing kit is capable of increasing this numbers to 168.5 kW (226 hp) @ 13.750 rpm and 133.6 Nm (98.5 lb-ft) @ 11.000 rpm.

Suspension duties are carried out by Showa on base trim while higher variants get Ohlins. Braking is by Brembo blocks.

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Ducati Red with grey frame and black wheels

 

43 mm Showa Big Piston Forks (BPF), fully adjustable

Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable

Sachs steering damper

 

Latest-generation electronic package with 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU): ABS Cornering Bosch EVO; Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO); Ducati Slide Control (DSC); Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO); Ducati Power Launch (DPL); Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO (DQS EVO); Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO)

 

Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street)

 

5″ full-TFT dashboard

 

Braking system with new Brembo Stylema® monobloc calipers

 

New Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, 200/60 at the rear

Ducati Red with grey frame and black wheels

 

Suspension and steering damper with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system

 

Öhlins NIX-30 forks

 

Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber

 

Öhlins steering damper

 

Aluminium forged wheels

 

Lithium-ion battery

 

Cast Magnesium alloy front sub frame

“Speciale” colour scheme with grey frame and black wheels

 

Carbon fibre front/rear mudguards

 

Machined-from-solid top yoke with identification number

 

Alcantara seat

 

Dedicated handle grips

 

Adjustable foot pegs

 

Carbon fibre heel guard

 

Carbon fibre cover swinging arm

 

Racing articulated levers

 

Racing fuel tank cap

 

Brake level protection

 

Full racing titanium Ducati Performance by Akrapovič exhaust system

 

Racing screen

 

Plate holder removal kit

Machined-from solid mirror replacement plugs

 

Ducati Data Analyser+ GPS (DDA + GPS)

 

Bike cover

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 Superbike price, variants and release date

The Ducati Panigale V4 is priced starting from £19,250 in UK. The V4 S trims gets a  £23,895 price tag while the top spec ‘Speciale’ edition sells for £34,995. Only 1500 units of the latter will be made available though.

Although the Ducati V4 debuted at the EICMA, the official release will only happen in 2018. Its WSBK debut will be further delayed until 2019.

Ducati Panigale V4 variants

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