Ducati Panigale V4R superbike with optional Akrapovic exhaust boosts the maximum power to 231 horsepower at 15,500 rpm
The world-renowned EICMA show’s 2018 edition in Milan is taking place from November 6 to 11. With over 1,200 companies from across the globe presenting their latest creations, concepts and technologies, motorcycling enthusiasts are all energized to witness what will unfold.
Traditionally, Ducati releases its new range of motorcycles just ahead of the show in the World Premier event and this year it was no different. Along with the already unveiled Multistrada 1260 Enduro, the 2019MY series comprises of new version of flagship V4 and Diavel as well as Multistrada 950, Monster 821 Stealth edition and 950 Hypermotard among others.
Revealed by factory Ducati WSBK rider Chaz Davies, the Ducati Panigale V4R is the core of everything the Italian brand’s racing operations in 2019 will be built around. It was accompanied by the Panigale V4S Corse that makes 214 hp with MotoGP-inspired livery and it needs Desmo servicing only in every 15,000 miles.
Tipping the weighing scale at 165 kilograms, the Ducati Panigale V4R is indeed road-legal to produce maximum power of 217 hp and 112 Nm. It weighs lesser than the V4S courtesy of the lighter internal engine components, large throttle body, new forged pistons, titanium valves and connecting rods, and new camshaft.
Ducati has also increased the revs of the Desmosedici Stradale R motor, as the peak power is hit at 15,520 rpm – 2,250 rpm more than the 1,103 cc version while the red line tops at 16,500 rpm. If the Ducati Performance exhaust made by Akrapovic is opted, the power output is boosted to 231 hp at 15,500 rpm making it the most powerful Ducati yet.
The winglets are not of aesthetic importance but they are derived from the MotoGP premier class for aerodynamic influence along with the air gills on the side of the fairings to channel air to the radiators. Further weight reduction is achieved by an adjustable swingarm pivot and mechanical Ohlins suspension elements.
Despite the absence of the electronic suspension, the Ducati Panigale V4R has upgraded electronic aid package which includes GPS powered lap timer and pit lane limiter. Other main features are rear wheel slide control, launch control, wheelie control, cornering ABS and IMU assisted traction control.