Ahead of the EICMA show in Milan, Ducati has officially taken the wraps off the motorcycle which will be powered by the previously revealed all-new Desmosedici Stradale V4 motor. The new supersport motorcycle is now called the ‘Panigale V4’, or Panigale 1409 like some might call it.
Ducati will be offering the Panigale V4 in 3 variants: Panigale 1409, Panigale 1409 S & Panigale 1409 Speciale. While the standard version weighs 175 kg, the other two weigh 174 kg & 173 kg respectively.
It is called 1409, but that is not the engine capacity. Powering the motorcycle is a 1,103cc, V4, Desmosedici Stradale motor derived from the MotoGP bike with counter-rotating crankshaft & 4-valves per cylinder. This block produces 214 HP of power @ 13000 RPM and 122 Nm of torque @ 10000 RPM matched to a 6-speed gearbox.
Rider aids include 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.
The Panigale V4 is a replacement to the Panigale 1299 in the supersport category.
Ducati also confirms 48 hour spare part delivery for this model anywhere in the world.
Styling is typical of a Panigale with LED headlamps & tail lamps, the iconic red paint, sculpted fuel tank, underbelly exhaust, sharp tail section, no pillion seat though, single-sided swing arm, Brembo brakes, clear windscreen, Pirelli tyres, etc.
The Panigale 1409 S gets Ohlins NIX-30 forks, TTX 36 rear shockers, steering damper, aluminium forged wheels, cast magnesium alloy front subframe & lithium-ion batter.
The Panigale V4 Speciale comes with a new exclusive livery, alcantara seats, adjustable foot pegs, race fuel tank cap, Akrapovic exhaust which bumps up the power to 226 HP, carbon fibre & aluminium components and will be limited to just 1500 units.
Expect the Ducati Panigale V4 to make it to India sometime in 2018.