Ducati V4 superbike spotted for the very first time and it promises to be as potent as the sun itself
Ducati are coming with something meaner and more powerful, yes you heard it right more power. Replacing the Ducati 1299 Panigale will be the all new Ducati V4 superbike. The bike will make its global debut at the 2017 EICMA motorcycle show. Ducati is thinking of introducing the engine which has been developed and constructed like a MotoGP engine to regular customers as it is a masterpiece of engineering.
The engine is very light, very reliable, compact and carries a lot of interesting technology. The Ducati V4 will be a mass-made model rather than a limited edition bike just like the older GP replica, the Desmosedici RR.
The V4 motor will be based on the Desmosedici V4 engine which powers the MotoGP machine and also the Superquadro V-twin engine. Reports have also been saying that the newly created mean machine will possess the same frameless chassis design as seen on the Panigale with headstock, swingarm and the tail section directly connecting to the powerplant. The bike will be available and sold to customers at a reasonable or premium price.
The Ducati V4 will not be an exotic bike like the Desmosedici, but an extravagant sports bike. It’s quite hard to jot the visual difference between the new V4 and the Panigale 1299 as the bike has been well disguised. The tail section, under-belly exhaust muffler and one sided swingarm have been moved further giving the bike a more aggressive riding posture.
The road going model will carry power up to 200 bhp. The 1299 Panigale is replaced by the V4 as the current model doesn’t meet Euro 4 emission norms. Ducati though will be continuing to make the V-twin engines for the monster, Multistrada, Supersport, Hypermotard and even the entry level 959 Panigale. The bike boasts off new electronic forks up which are possibly semi-active units from Ohlins.
While the side mounted rear shock is now replaced with other more traditional unit. Ducati has also teased the special edition version of the 1299 Panigale, which is likely the last limited-edition run of the flagship superbike.