Video: The new Ducati V4 superbike
caught testing again
Ducati’s new V4 superbike was again caught testing on video (see the video below this story). Previously it was seen at Misano, but here the team appears to be putting it through its paces at Mugello, judging by the Tricolore rumble strips. It sounds very similar to the V4 Ducati MotoGP bike that now leads the world championship in the hands of Andrea Dovizioso. This makes sense as Ducati has more than a decade worth of development in this engine configuration thanks to the MotoGP team.
The motor is to be called the Desmosedici Stradale. Many people will recognise the Desmosedici part – the same name given to the V4 MotoGP motor and a name that subsequently graced the Desmosedici RR special that was built in 2007. The Stradale part simply means road which makes sense given that this will be a street legal machine. Ducati is going to be giving a special presentation about this motor this Thursday before the Misano MotoGP weekend, and the full motorcycle will be official unveiled at the EICMA Show in Milan in November.
Ducati has decided to move away from the V-twin set up, after 30 years of service, feeling that it can better pursue its WSBK efforts with the aid of more cylinders. Part of the problem with V-twin motors is that the advancement in electronics has meant that the advantage they have coming out of corners is no longer as significant. A four cylinder can now exit a corner at a similar pace to a twin and still have the advantage of better top end. We don’t know any more details about this motor, apart from the fact that it should push more power than the twin and feature more technology. We also know that the road-going version might not be restricted to 1000cc much like the Panigale 1299 was not restricted to 1200cc.
This is going to be very interesting.