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Ducati has finally unveiled the much anticipated Panigale V4, the first production four-cylinder motorcycle from the stable of Italian superbike manufacturer.
The Ducati Panigale V4 is based on the MotoGP Desmosedici, and the motorcycle brings the MotoGP V4 technology to the masses. It is said that the Panigale V4 could be the most significant motorcycle of the 2017 EICMA.
It is a big move for Ducati as it is replacing the favoured twin-cylinder engine for a 90-degree V4 setup. The Panigale V4 draws power from a 1,103cc 90-degree, V4 engine producing 211bhp and 124Nm of peak torque. The motorcycle boasts an impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1.08bhp/kg thanks to the low kerb weight which stands at 198kg.
The new V4 engine features a counter-rotating type crankshaft which is said to make the motorcycle quicker around corners by countering the gyroscopic effect of the wheels. It also reduces the wheelie and dive under acceleration and braking. Ducati states that the V4 engine is suited for both track and road with the good low and mid-range torque.
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The Panigale V4 will replace the 1299 Panigale and will offer enhanced performance. It will be available in three variants: the entry-level Panigale V4, V4 S and the top-of-the-range Panigale V4 Speciale with a race livery. Both the V4 and V4 S will hit the roads in January 2018 and V4 Speciale will be introduced a couple of months later.
The Ducati Panigale V4 range is based on the new frame called as the ‘Front Frame.' Ducati claims that the new setup is compact and lighter as opposed to the perimeter frame. The new frame aids in improved riding feel.
The entry-level Panigale V4 is loaded with technology. It features 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit which controls the electronics package comprising of Cornering Bosch EVO, Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch, Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO and Engine Brake Control EVO.
The motorcycle gets three riding modes - Race, Sport and Street. The Panigale V4 is equipped with fully adjustable 43 mm Showa Big Piston Forks up front and Sachs monoshock suspension setup at the rear. The Panigale V4 sheds speed quickly as it gains, thanks to the 330mm twin discs with Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers at the front and 245mm disc at the rear.
The Panigale V4 features full LED headlamp with LED daytime running lights and a new TFT display which offers a host of information. The motorcycle is shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres.
The Panigale V4 S features top-spec components such as forged wheels, lithium-ion battery and cast magnesium alloy front subframe. The motorcycle gets Ohlins NIX-30 forks, TTX 36 shock absorber and steering damper controlled by Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 system.
The top-of-the-range Panigale V4 Speciale sports the same specifications as the entry-level V4, but it gets additional components in the form of the machined-from-solid top yoke with an identification number, Alcantara seat, dedicated handle grips, adjustable foot pegs, racing articulated levers, race fuel tank cap and brake level protection.
The V4 Speciale gets a host of carbon-fibre parts such as front and rear mudguards, heel guard and swingarm. Additional equipment includes racing titanium Ducati Performance by Akrapovic exhaust system, racing screen, machined-from solid mirror replacement plugs, Ducati Data Analyser and a bike cover.
The Panigale V4 is a significant milestone for Ducati as it switches from the popular twin-cylinder engines. The new V4 engine brings the MotoGP technology to the masses. The Panigale V4 is compact, lighter and agile, thanks to the new frame. The Panigale V4 will continue the legacy of the 1299 Panigale. Stay tuned to DriveSpark for all the updates of the 2017 EICMA.