Ducati superbikes have long been defined by their resolute gun-sticking V-twin format, with the pursuit of chassis perfection and light weight over multi-cylinder peak power. But this bike, the new Panigale V4 – unveiled in Italy prior to the EICMA Milan motorcycle show – changes everything.
That new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine
This is the first mass-produced Ducati bike to have a four-cylinder engine, and it’s derived directly from the MotoGP bike’s Desmosedici V4, but with a displacement of 1103cc. Developed in very close collaboration with Ducati Corse technicians and riders, it steals directly from the race bike in terms of design and architecture, but still manages to deliver impressive service intervals of 7500 miles, with the valve check only required every 15,000 miles. The 90° V4 uses the same 81mm bore as the GP bike with a longer stroke for improved low-to-mid rev torque, and boasts a counter rotating crank and twin-pulse ignition.
The Panigale V4 introduces controlled drift during braking, ABS Cornering on the front wheel only thanks to a set-up specially designed for track riding and a bi-directional shifter that even takes lean angles into account. All these controls – developed on the track together with official Ducati riders and test riders – are incorporated in the three new Riding Modes (Race, Sport and Street) and can be adjusted via the advanced second-generation TFT dash.
The Panigale V4 electronic package includes:
- 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)
- Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO (DES EVO)