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Ducati Superleggera V4 001/500 rolled out from the Borgo Panigale plant

Aditya Chatterjee  | Updated: June 18, 2020, 12:16 PM IST

Italian motorcycle major Ducati has started production of its most special offering, the Superleggera V4. The company recently rolled out the first unit from the Borgo Panigale plant and will make 499 more. Why we call it special is because the Superleggera V4 is the only motorcycle in the world to get into production featuring exhaustive use of carbon fibre in frame, swingarm and also the rims and it also borrows heavily from MotoGP. To commemorate this roll out, Ducati has invited the owner of this first unit to the company plant and meet Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO to receive his motorcycle. Ducati has priced the Superleggera V4 at $100000 which translates to Rs 76.14 lakh, excluding the import duty and taxes.

Ducati mentions that the aerodynamic efficiency of the Superleggera V4's fairing is better than that of the MotoGP bikes that have limitations to technical restrictions.

The Superleggera V4 is 6.7kg lighter than the Panigale V4, thanks to the use of carbon fibre. Also, to ensure that the quality and safety standards were maintained at the highest possible level, the thermography, ultrasound checks, and tomography expertise were sourced form the aerospace industry. Ducati mentions that the aerodynamic efficiency of the Superleggera V4's fairing is better than that of the MotoGP bikes that have limitations to technical restrictions. The aerodynamic biplane appendages inspired by Ducati's 2016 MotoGP bike offer a vertical load of 50 kg of downforce at 270 kmph, which is 20 kg more than that produced by the wings of the Panigale V4 and V4R. The livery on the fairings are inspired by the Desmosedici GP19.

All that mad power is made from a motorcycle that weighs a mere 159kg, which is 16kg less than the Panigale V4

Powering this exquisite carbon fibre skinned super sport is Ducati's lightest and most powerful 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R V4 engine that produces 234PS of power with the titanium Akrapovic exhaust for track use, which is included in the Racing Kit supplied with the motorcycle. However, if that is too much, we believe you can also live with the regular tune that is 224PS. Also, all that mad power is made from a motorcycle that weighs a mere 159kg, which is 16kg less than the Panigale V4. But with the racing kit mentioned above, the weight goes further down to 152kg. For your referrence, the Ducati Desmosedici GP18 that made Andrea Dovizioso win the MotoGP with a second position weighed 156.9kg. Now you can imagine the potential this V4 has on a race track.

Ducati's lightest and most powerful 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R V4 engine produces 234PS of power with the titanium Akrapovic exhaust for track use

What all do you get in the Racing Kit you ask? Akrapovic racing track use titanium exhaust, open clutch cover in carbon fibre, swingarm cover in carbon fibre with titanium slider, headlamp and light replacement kit, license plate holder removal kit, side stand removal kit, mirror replacement aluminium caps from billet, Ducati Data Analyzer and GPS (DDA + GPS), racing fuel cap, brake lever protection, motorcycle cover; front and rear stand and battery charger. Further, the Superleggera V4 features Ohlins front and rear suspension setup, Brembo Stylema R calipers, Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres specifically made for this motorcycle.

The aerodynamic biplane appendages inspired by Ducati's 2016 MotoGP bike offer a vertical load of 50 kg of downforce at 270 kmph

If you happen to be one of the customers, Ducati will offer you the Superbike experience where you can ride the Panigale V4 R Desmosedici GP that takes part in the SBK World Championship on track at Mugello. A select 30 owners will also get a chance to purchase the access MotoGP experience. Both of which will take place in 2021.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 15,30,000
Displacement
1103cc
Transmission
6-Speed
Max Power(ps)
214.00
Max Torque(Nm)
124.00
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 22,70,000
Displacement
998cc
Transmission
6-Speed
Max Power(ps)
221.00
Max Torque(Nm)
112.00
Mileage
13.69 Kmpl
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