Carbon Overload Incoming For The Panigale V4

The Superleggera V4 is supposed to be lighter and more powerful than the homologation-special V4 R

  • The Superleggera V4 was spotted testing earlier this year.
  • Several components were made from carbon fibre.
  • Global debut expected by mid-2020.

After tasting success with the 1299 Superleggera, it was but obvious that Ducati would go about making one based on the Panigale V4. A test mule was spotted in early-October 2019, which gave us a clear indication of the bike’s arrival for the forthcoming model year. Now, there is a new registration document citing its arrival. And, there are two numbers you should be excited about.

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Firstly, the horsepower figure -- 224PS at 15,250rpm! That is 3.7PS more than the homologation special Panigale V4 R. The Superleggera V4 is expected to carry forward the same smaller displacement engine from the V4 R and not the 1103cc unit from the V4 or the V4 S. The Superleggera is also claimed to be running a new lightweight titanium exhaust.

So how light is the Superleggera V4 going to be? The document states that the bike weighs 173kg in its type-approved, lowest ready-to-ride state. This might be a bit confusing as the figure neither corresponds to the dry weight of the bike nor to the kerb weight. The Panigale V4 R had a type-approved weight of 184kg, which makes the Superleggera V4 11kg lighter.

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Both of the above factors should contribute to making the Superleggera V4 an even more mental motorcycle than what the Panigale V4 R already is. The question is whether your pockets are deep enough to purchase the bike?

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