EICMA 2018: Ducati Panigale V4R unveiled, weighs 165kg makes 234PS!
The EICMA 2018 show has to be one of the most important automobile events of the year as it showcases tons of upcoming motorcycles in concept and production-ready forms. While the official media days start from tomorrow and Yes, OVERDRIVE will be covering the event LIVE from Milan, Ducati has unveiled the 2018 Panigale V4R. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer mentions that the Panigale V4 is the first production Ducati motorcycle to mount a four-cylinder engine, derived directly from the MotoGP Desmosedici. With an engine displacement of 1,103cc, 214PS and a power/weight ratio of 1.1 hp/kg, the Ducati Panigale V4R sets a new standard in the supersport production bike segment. It will bealso available in the new livery Corse, inspired by the colors of the bikes that race in MotoGP.
The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 replaces the iconic 1299 at the top of the Ducati superbike range. It has been developed in close collaboration with Ducati Corse, drawing directly on know-how and technology from the racing world to make it resemble the MotoGP counterpart closely. The Panigale V4 also gets a S version that mounts Öhlins suspension featuring the Smart EC 2.0 system with a new adjustment interface and top of the line components such as forged aluminium wheels and lithium ion battery. Completing the range is the exclusive Panigale V4 Speciale, a numbered, limited-edition bike with a dedicated livery, titanium exhaust and machined from solid component. Further, the company mentions, "Development has involved Ducati Corse technicians and riders, making the Panigale V4 a production sports bike that comes close to being a MotoGP prototype, built for both excellent on-track performance and outstanding on-road ridability."
The Desmosedici Stradale engine is a 90-degree V4 with Desmodromic timing, just like the Desmosedici GP from which it also takes an 81 mm bore (the maximum allowed by MotoGP rules). This has been combined with a longer stroke than that used in racing to boost low-to-mid rev torque and reduce maximum revs so that the power is easier to handle. The new Ducati engine puts out a maximum of 214PS at 13,000rpm, making the Panigale V4 the most powerful bike in the segment, yet easy to handle, thanks to a torque of 12.6 Kgm at 10,000rpm. Despite such outstanding performance, the Desmosedici Stradale has long maintenance intervals, with valve clearance inspection only necessary every 24,000 km. The already high power of the standard Desmosedici Stradale configuration can be boosted to 226 hp by mounting the all-titanium racing exhaust, made by Akrapovi? as per Ducati Corse specifications.
Ducati has developed an all-new frame where the Desmosedici Stradale itself has a load-bearing function. Called Front Frame, it's more compact and lighter than a perimeter frame and uses the engine as a stressed chassis element. Together with meticulous design and the use of light materials, the new frame keeps the kerb weight of the S and Special versions down to 195 kg. This weight, combined with the 214 hp, means a power/weight ratio of 1.1 hp/kg, putting the Panigale V4 S at the top of the sport bike segment.
And that not all, as the headline mentions of the Ducati Panigale V4R. This one looks a lot different from the V4 and the V4S. Ducati has worked on the frame and the chassis and has made the fairing wider by 38mm that is a part of the aero package. Even the swingarm pivot can be adjusted. What makes it different are the winglets, which according to Claudio Dominicali, CEO Ducati are almost identical to the Ducati's GP16 MotoGP machine. The Ducati Panigale V4R comes equipped with traction control, data analyser with GPS and multimedia system, launch control, wheelie control, Bosch cornering ABS, quickshift, slide control and engine brake control. This one makes 234PS and weighs just around 165kg. We have just updated our dream motorcycles to buy list.
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