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Ducati Panigale V4 based naked motorcycle spotted testing

Written by Nizam Shaikh

The street fighter naked version of the Ducati Panigale V4 has been spied again, being tested on a race track. According to reports, the bike has been in development and the production model is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming EICMA Motor Show in Milan.

Last month, a similar naked Panigale V4 motorcycle was seen at a race track and was speculated to be a prototype model being tested to be used at the Pikes Peak hill climb with King of The Mountain, Carlin Dunne at the helm, and was likely to participate in the exhibition class due. The new spy images lead us to believe that the test mule spotted is more of a production model for the masses and is being tested for street worthiness.

According to the spy images, which are of poor quality by the way, the motorcycle is expected to use the same headlamp, air-intake and tail section from its fully faired sibling. The bike spotted at a race track nearly a month ago featured a triple clamp mounted single piece handlebar which is also expected to be on the production model.

In the engine department the street fighter is expected to be powered by the same engine as seen on the Ducati Panigale V4 which is a 1104cc, 4-cylinder engine in a ā€˜Vā€™ configuration. The motor gets liquid-cooling and has 4-valves per cylinder with Desmodromic distribution system along with a counter-rotating crankshaft for added stability at high rev range and better control off the line. The engine produces 214 HP of power and 122 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed gearbox. If the same engine makes it to production version of the street fighter, it will most likely be tuned for street use. The bike is expected to be offered with the same electronics package as seen on the fully faired Panigale V4.