At last, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 is unveiled
It was no secret that the Ducati Streetfighter V4 was on its way, made less secret when Ducati entered a prototype into the Pike’s Peak Hillclimb. However, after teasers and tidbits, Ducati has finally pulled the covers off the final production model.
As expected, the Streetfighter V4 features much the same motor as in the much-lauded Panigale V4, except tuned for more torque. Usually, this means that the manufacturer takes an excellent sports motor and ruins it by taking all the fun out of it under the motivation of “making it easier to ride”.
It seems Ducati have not received this memo, because this naked street racer pushes an ominous 208hp. That figure does promise a different league of performance from a naked bike, very much outdoing the likes of the Aprilia Tuono 1100 at 175hp and the KTM 1290 Super Duke at 177 hp. The only other model seemingly able to hold a candle to it could be the newly-unveiled Kawasaki Z H2 at 200 hp. Of course, there’s the MV Agusta Brutale Oro 1000 at 212hp, but that leads us into the glamorous world of special production.
The Streetfighter’s power figure is increased to 220hp with the addition of the Ducati Performance exhaust.
Like the new Panigales, the Streetfighter is equipped with wings, although these are styled in a bi-plane configuration more in line with the current MotoGP bike. Ducati claims that they add 28kg of downforce on the front wheel at 270 km/h.
With the power comes the same extended host of electronics from the Panigale V4, including the cornering ABS, cornering traction control, wheelie control, electronic braking control and a two-way quick shifter. The S-model is also equipped with Öhlins suspension and lighter, forged aluminium wheels.
The price in South Africa and the release date is yet unknown.