Ducati has confirmed it has no plan to shelve V-twin engines until 2020 despite the arrival of the MotoGP-based V4 Panigale
Italian premium bike manufacturer Ducati has confirmed it won’t scrap the V-twin engine for its range of sportsbikes until 2020. So far, the brand doesn’t have any plan to discontinue the V-twin engines as of now. It has confirmed the fact at the launch of the all-new MotoGP inspired Ducati Panigale V4 that appeared at the 2017 EICMA in Milan.
Presently, Ducati’s apex sportsbike offering 1299 Panigale R Final Edition comes powered by Super quadro V-twin engine that is capable of churning out 209 hp of peak power and 141 Nm of peak torque. In Eruopean market, the bike has a strong demand and it is Euro-IV emission norm approved there. This means, the bikemaker can sell as many of them as it wants to until 2020.
Interesting fact is that, Ducati seems to have two top models in its portfolio instead of one, as it has the all-new Panigale V4 alongside the 1299 Panigale. As the brand says, there won’t be any middleweight versions of the V4 for the bikes like sub-litre category model, for example the 959 Panigale, as the production cost of the engine is very high.
Speaking about the Italian brand’s newly launched Panigale V4, this bike gets power from a 1,100 cc high performance Stradle engine that is capable of churning out 214 hp of peak power at 13,000 rpm and 120 Nm of peak torque between 8,750 rpm and 12,250 rpm.
Speaking about the design of Ducati Panigale V4, it takes inspiration from Ducati 1299 Panigale. This MotoGP inspired bike comes equipped with wide range of advanced technologies that help it in delivering supreme performance as well as ensures safety as well.
The bike features Ohlins suspension, cornering ABS, Bosch dynamic slide control, quickshifter etc. In India, this bike could be priced more than Rs. 50 lakh. Ducati claims, this bike will become a trendsetter in the world superbike market.
Source: Motorcycle News