Ducati Panigale V2 - First Ride Review
- Nov 25, 2019
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This year’s Ducati World Premiere saw some momentous motorcycles being launched as well as existing Ducatis receiving significant upgrades. We list all of them here.
The Panigale 959 replacement is more agile, more powerful (+5PS and +2Nm) and looks like a toned-down Panigale V4. Ducati claims the Panigale V2 is more user-friendly and more comfortable to ride on the road. It is also safer thanks to the addition of cornering ABS. Setting up the electronic rider aids are easier thanks to an intuitive 4.3-inch colour TFT screen. Since the motor is now Euro 5 compliant, the Panigale V2 should replace the Panigale 959 in India. Know more details and launch date here.
2020 Panigale V4, V4 S:
Ducati has also updated its flagship Panigale V4 and V4 S for 2020. The apparent update is the inclusion of winglets on the fairing, similar to the ones on the V4 R. Ducati claims the winglets offer upto 30kg downforce at 270kmph aiding stability. It also gets a stiffened front frame and the centre of gravity raised by 5mm to make the motorcycle more flickable. The electronic package has been optimised towards reducing rider effort while improving confidence for better and more consistent lap times. The updated Panigale V4 and Panigale V4 S are expected to launch in India by mid-2020.
The numbers speak for themselves. With 208PS on tap and a dry weight of just 178kg, the new Streetfighter V4 promises acceleration so brutal it will peel the paint off your helmet! In essence, the Streetfighter V4 is a Panigale V4 sans fairing and with a tall handlebar. The V4 motor has enough thrust to match the recently launched supercharged Kawasaki Z H2 hyper naked. In fact, it has so much thrust that Ducati had to slap on a pair of bi-plane like winglets to the sides to keep the front wheel from taking off. With 28kg downforce being generated at 270kmph, that’s just 2kg less than the faired Panigale V4. Of course, Ducati has thrown a truckload of safety aids at the Streetfighter V4 but you have to be truly mental to own one of these. For the more evolved maniacs amongst you, Ducati offers an S version with Marchesini forged wheels and Öhlins electrically controlled suspension. And if you have a morbid sense of humour, Ducati offers an Akrapovic performance exhaust that sheds 6 kilos off the motorcycle’s weight and shoots power up a nutty 220PS. More details here.
Scrambler Icon Dark:
On the saner side of things, Ducati offers a more affordable version of their popular Scrambler Icon. The stripped-down Scrambler gets a matte black paint job and blacked-out components. It gets round mirrors and bulb-type turn indicators. However, the Scrambler Icon Dark does not skimp on safety and gets cornering ABS. The rest of the 803 L-twin powertrain, frame and underpinnings are similar to the Scrambler Icon. More details here.
Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour:
The new Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour is essentially a Multistrada 1260 S with added kit such as heated grips, fog lamps, Touring pack, electric fuel filler cap and tyre pressure monitoring system. To differentiate it from other Multistrada 1260 variants, the 1260 S Grand Tour gets a new matte Sandstone Grey paint job with new Ducati 1260 S livery and a new seat. Price-wise the Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour sits between the 1260 Enduro and the range-topping 1260 Pikes Peak. It is expected to launch in India. Know more here.
2020 Diavel 1260:
For 2020, Ducati has released the Diavel 1260 in two new colours. The standard Diavel 1260 will be available in a matte black paint scheme with black frame while the more exotic Diavel 1260 S gets a sporty red paint job with a red frame.
Ducati added three new e-bicycles to its existing lineup consisting of the MIG-RR. The limited-edition MIG-RR gets a personalised touch with your name on the frame. It gets exotic components like an entire carbon fibre structure including carbon rims and top-spec cycle parts. Only 50 cycles will be made. For the less fortunate, there is the MIG-S, which gets slightly lower spec components but which we are told, is quite capable. Both e-cycles get the same Shimano 8000 electric drive motor and Shimano 504KwH battery pack. While the former two are e-MTBs, the third one is the e-Scrambler is, a city bike with road-going tyres and sans rear suspension. It gets a smaller Shimano E 7000 motor and Shimano 504KwH battery pack. The 3 new e-cycles will be on sale in Europe and the USA from February 2020.
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