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
2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Superbike – Design and features
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.
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.
|Panigale V4||Panigale V4 S||Panigale V4 Speciale|
|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
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
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
Plate holder removal kit
Machined-from solid mirror replacement plugs
Ducati Data Analyser+ GPS (DDA + GPS)
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.