Ducati Panigale V4

The Ducati Panigale V4 is a sport bike with a 1,103 cc (67.3 cu in) desmodromic 90° V4 engine introduced by Ducati in 2018 as the successor to the V-twin engined 1299. A smaller engine displacement version complies with the Superbike category competition regulations which state "Over 750 cc up to 1000 cc" for three and four cylinder 4-stroke engines.[3]

Ducati Panigale V4
Ducati Panigale V4 - Tuning World Bodensee 2018, Friedrichshafen (OW1A0484).jpg
Parent companyAudi
PredecessorDucati 1299
ClassSport bike
Bore / stroke
  • 81.0 mm × 53.5 mm (3.19 in × 2.11 in) (V4/V4 S)
  • 81.0 mm × 48.4 mm (3.19 in × 1.91 in) (V4 R)
Compression ratio14.0:1
  • 157.5 kW (211.2 hp; 214.1 PS) @ 13,000 rpm (V4/V4 S, claimed)[1]
  • 172 kW (231 hp; 234 PS) @ 15,250 rpm (V4 R, claimed)[2]
  • 124 N⋅m (91 lbf⋅ft) @ 10,000 rpm (V4/V4 S, claimed)[1]
  • 112 N⋅m (83 lbf⋅ft) @ 11,500 rpm (V4 R, claimed)[2]
Transmission6-speed manual, wet multi-plate clutch, chain final drive
Frame typeAluminum perimeter
  • Front: Inverted 43 mm (1.7 in) Showa telescopic fork, 120 mm (4.7 in) travel (V4/V4 S); inverted 43 mm (1.7 in) Öhlins NPX pressurised telescopic fork with TiN treatment (V4 R)
  • Rear: Single-sided aluminium swingarm, Sachs shocks, 130 mm (5.1 in) travel (V4/V4 S); single-sided aluminum swingarm, Öhlins TTX36 shocks, adjustable pivot position +/- 3 mm (0.12 in) (V4 R)
  • Front: Radially-mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema 4-piston caliper with dual 330 mm (13 in) semi-floating discs
  • Rear: Dual-piston caliper with single 245 mm (9.6 in) disc
  • Front: 120/70–17
  • Rear: 200/60–17
Rake, trail24.5°, 100 mm (3.9 in)
  • 1,469 mm (57.8 in) (V4/V4 S)
  • 1,471 mm (57.9 in) (V4 R)
Seat height830 mm (33 in)
Fuel capacity16 L (3.5 imp gal; 4.2 US gal)
RelatedDucati Panigale V2

The name "Panigale" comes from the small manufacturing town of Borgo Panigale.[4] The Panigale V4 uses the new Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, derived from the Desmosedici MotoGP racing engine.


The Panigale V4 is Ducati's first large-production street bike with a V4 engine, Ducati having primarily used V-twins since the 1960s, except on prototypes and racing motorcycles.[5] They had sold a short run of 1,500 street-legal V4 Desmosedici RRs in 2007 and 2008[6][7] and made two prototypes of the Apollo V4 in 1964.

The initial development of the Panigale V4 started with the 2015 MotoGP racing engine. Ducati said the Panigale V4 was designed to combine racing features, while also being an entertaining and rideable motorcycle with a durable engine.[7] This created the challenge of designing an engine that could keep the MotoGP engine's counter-rotating crankshaft, and large bore diameter, but have the 24,000 km (15,000 mi) service intervals expected on consumer motorcycles.[7] Originally, Ducati was initially keeping the MotoGP bike's chassis, but later changed to a completely new front frame they said has less weight and more stability.[7]


Cycle World said in spite of being a V4, the new Panigale is only slightly wider than the V-twin 1299.[8] Ducati claimed weight is 4.5 kg (10 lb) heavier than the 1299, with foot pegs 10 mm (0.39 in) higher.[8] Unlike the prior 1199 and 1299 where the engine is the primary element of the frame, the engine is surrounded by a more conventional aluminum perimeter frame.[9]

The Panigale V4's electronics include a wheelie control system derived from the 1299 Superleggera, along with traction and drift control.[10] The brakes have a new ABS designed for high speed cornering.[10][7] Ducati and Brembo designed 70 g (2.5 oz)-lighter brake calipers than the 1299's.[11] The bike's tires, the Diablo Super Corsa SP developed by Ducati and Pirelli, have a new rear compound.[10]


The Panigale V4's 1,103 cc (67.3 cu in) desmodromic 90° V4 engine, unlike the prior 1199 and 1299 where the engine is the primary element of the frame, is surrounded by a more conventional aluminum perimeter frame.[12] The engine is rotated further backwards than other Ducatis, so that the swingarm pivot is mated to the rear cylinders, rather than lower on the engine near the crankshaft.[9] Unlike most street bikes and previous Ducatis other than MotoGP racing machines, the Panigale V4's engine rotates in the opposite direction of the wheels, counteracting the gyroscopic effect and therefore decreasing the force necessary to change the bike's inclination.[9]


Panigale V4 SEdit

The Panigale V4 S is a more performance-oriented version of the base V4. It has an Öhlins suspension that the rider can electronically adjust, or set to the sport, race, or street modes typical of contemporary performance bikes. It also has a lightweight lithium battery, and forged aluminium wheels, reducing the bike's overall weight.[citation needed]

Panigale V4 SpecialeEdit

The Panigale V4 Speciale has the S model options, and adds adjustable footpads, an Alcantara-trimmed seat, a top triple clamp,[clarification needed] carbon mudguards, a data analyzer system, and race fuel cap. It also has a titanium exhaust and race kit that Ducati claims increases the power from a claimed 166.3 kW (223.0 hp; 226.1 PS).[1]

Panigale V4 REdit

The Panigale V4 R is a WSBK homologation special of the standard V4. Compared to the standard 1,103 cc (67.3 cu in) engine of the Panigale V4/V4 S, the V4 R uses a 998 cc (60.9 cu in) variant to comply with WSBK rules. This engine makes a claimed 162 kW (217 hp; 220 PS) at 15,250 rpm and 112 N⋅m (83 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 11,500 rpm with a dry weight of 172 kg and kerb weight of 193 kg, with the race kit optional package this engine makes a claimed 172 kW (231 hp; 234 PS) at 15,250 rpm and 112 N⋅m (83 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 11,500 rpm . This makes the V4 R the most powerful street-legal production bike available in the world, meaning that, with a dry weight of 165 kg, reaches a power-to-weight ratio of 1.42. The frame has been reworked and the swingarm pivot can be adjusted. The fairing has been widened by 38 mm (1.5 in) as part of the aerodynamic styling. According to the Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali, the winglets applied to the V4 R fairing are almost identical to the GP16 MotoGP bike. The suspension uses fully adjustable titanium nitrided NPX front forks by Öhlins, and the rear a fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 monoshock.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c "A New Opera". Ducati. 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ducati Introduces Advanced-Aero Panigale V4 R". 4 November 2018.
  3. ^ 2019 FIM Superbike regulations (updated version 8 May 2019) Archived 18 May 2019 at the Wayback Machine FIM-live, 8 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019
  4. ^ Adams, Bradley (September 21, 2011), "Ducati Announces 2012 Superbike Name as "Ducati 1199 Panigale"", Sport Rider
  5. ^ "2018 Ducati Panigale V4". Cycle World. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  6. ^ "Ducati Model Year archive". Ducati. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e Neeves, Michael (November 5, 2017). "Ducati Panigale V4 project leader talks development goals". Motorcycle News. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  8. ^ a b Courts, Zack (January 23, 2018), "The 2018 Panigale V4 S Is The Fastest Ducati Superbike We've Ever Ridden; Borgo Panigale does the superbike right. Are you ready?", Cycle World
  9. ^ a b c Courts, Zack (January 23, 2018), "Behind The Bodywork – 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Tech Review; Under the skin of Ducati's latest superbike", Cycle World
  10. ^ a b c Blain, Loz (November 5, 2017). "Ducati Panigale V4 announced: 226-horsepower MotoGP beast to hit the road". newatlas.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  11. ^ "The 2018 Panigale V4 S Is The Fastest Ducati Superbike We've Ever Ridden". Cycle World. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  12. ^ "We Ask Ducati's Panigale V4 Designer About His Sketches". Motorcyclist. February 6, 2018. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  13. ^ https://paultan.org/2018/11/05/2019-ducati-panigale-v4-r-released-now-with-wings-rest-of-ducati-panigale-superbike-range-gets-updates/[bare URL]
  14. ^ "EICMA 2018: Ducati Panigale V4R unveiled, weighs 165kg makes 234PS!".

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