Ducati Panigale V4R: 221hp, lighter weight and wings
This article is appearing slightly late, and we apologise, but that is because The Bike Show crew has just landed in Milan for the EICMA Show 2018, and will be viewing all the latest unveils first hand.
The first big announcement is the Ducati Panigale V4R that was unveiled by factory boss Claudio Domenicali at their special ceremony at a theatre in Milan last night. There are nine new Ducati models gracing showroom floors next year, but the headline act was the new Panigale V4R, the bike the Bologna brand will be competing with in World Superbikes next year piloted by Chaz Davies and Alvaro Bautista.
While the V4S, that won the Pirelli Bike of the Year 2018, is a 1103cc, this one needs to comply with WSBK rules and so will run a 998cc 90º V-four mill, and yet despite the CC decrease, the power increases from 214hp to a massive 221hp. More so, Ducati say that with an added Akrapovic exhaust pipe and the included software, that figure will be boosted to a mind-boggling 234 hp. The V4R will also run lighter internal parts, lowering the kerb weight to 193kg.
Obviously it will be packed with various MotoGP technology, the obvious being the inclusion of wings, similar to those seen on MotoGP machines, meaning the V4R will join the new Aprilia RSV4 in being the first street models to incorporate this new MotoGP aero craze. Also apparent is the a button that says “Pit Lane” insinuating a pit lane limiter.
The V4R is expected to land in showrooms towards the beginning of next year, and while price has not been confirmed, but it should be a hefty amount.