Italian superbike manufacturer Ducati has been testing the new V4 superbike for quite some time. The motorcycle replaces the Panigale which has been a successful product for the company.
In January 2017, Ducati announced the V4 superbike at the launch of its MotoGP team in Bologna. The company also launched the Panigale Final Edition to bid goodbye to the renowned name.
Now, the exhaust note of the V4 superbike has been leaked in a new video. In the video, the motorcycle is being tested on a race track and was captured around a corner. The exhaust note is similar to the MotoGP machines.
But the motorcycle will be fitted with a street-legal exhaust which will be a bit quieter. The V4 Superbike will draw power from a Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 engine with desmodromic valves and unique firing order.
In Italian, Stradale stands for road, so we can expect that the new engine will be employed in Ducati's upcoming Supersport models. The design of the V4 Superbike is inspired from the company's MotoGP Desmosedici race motorcycle. The V4 powerplant will deliver a power output of over 200bhp even on the street-legal variant.
Currently, the Aprilia RSV4 is the only superbike with a V4 engine. It is known for its spectacular exhaust note and brutal performance. Now, Ducati is also developing a similar engine which will be showcased on September 7, 2017. The V4 Superbike will make its debut at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show.