Ducati Panigale V2 - First Ride Review
- Nov 25, 2019
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The baby Panigale is one of the three new bikes that were showcased at the Ducati World Premiere. As you’d expect, it gets a new design, new features, more power and truckloads of electronic rider aids. We’ve compiled a number of images that will help you understand the Ducati Panigale V2 a bit better.
To begin with, it’s designed to look like a toned-down version of the maniacal Panigale V4. It carries over the aggressive split headlight and LED tail light from its elder sibling but gets a different fuel tank, fairing and a stubby exhaust end can. Essentially, a Panigale 959 with new clothes.
The baby Panigale also features a new 4.3-inch TFT display displaying a host of information.
The bike gets a slew of electronic rider aids like a new 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), wheelie control, bi-directional quick-shifter and engine brake control. All of which can be controlled via the 4.3-inch TFT display.
The V2 gets revised ergonomics for improved rider comfort. The front seat is all-new and offers better longitudinal movement thanks to the new foam that raises it by 5mm. It’s also the only bike in the Panigale range to get a pillion seat as standard.
Powering the mid-displacement supersport is the same 955cc, twin-cylinder Superquadro engine as seen on the 959. However, it’s been tweaked to comply with Euro 5/BS6 emission norms and belts out 155PS of power at 10,750rpm and 104Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm. That’s 5PS and 2Nm more than the Panigale 959.
The twin side-mounted exhaust on the 959 has been replaced with an extremely compact under-engine silencer with a single tailpipe.
Ducati says it has also tinkered with the chassis to make it more agile.
The Panigale V2 features a single-sided aluminium swingarm compared to the previous-gen model which employed a double-sided unit.
Suspension setup remains the same as the current-gen Panigale 959 -- a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) and Sachs monoshock, both fully adjustable.
Dropping the anchor are twin 320mm discs mated to radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 calipers and a single 245mm disc brake at the rear.
Its 17-inch alloys come wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II radial tyres measuring in at 120/70 up front and 180/60 at the rear.
While there’s no word from the brand itself, we could expect the Ducati Panigale V2 to make it to India by mid-2020. It’s expected to come equipped with a BS6-compliant engine bearing a price tag of around Rs 16.5 lakh to Rs 17.0 lakh (ex-showroom).