The next generation of superbike, the 1,103-cc four-cylinder-powered screamer known as the Panigale V4. PHOTO/COURTESY
By TECH CORRESPONDENT
Ducati recently announced the next generation of superbike, the 1,103-cc four-cylinder-powered screamer known as the Panigale V4.
The 2018 bike usurps the iconic Panigale 1299 for the throne of Ducati’s top superbike, and the limited-edition Speciale comes from the blueprint of a MotoGP bike, featuring a suit of electronic control measures, titanium racing exhaust, an exclusive paint scheme, and 226 horsepower—making it most powerful prooduction superbike in the world.
The price tag would be a negotiation with your dealer, but the base Panigale V4 is expected to run around $25,000. One of only 1,500 planned Panigale V4 Speciales will bleed you for more like $50,000.
After a low-key unveiling in Italy, the bike is making its grand public debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, and reviewers are wondering if it could be the best superbike of 2018.
Hopefully, after listening to the audio on this video they’ll change their minds! It might not be a good old fashioned L-twin, but it’s certainly still a Ducati. And in truth, it sounds more like a MotoGP bike than a street machine…and we can’t wait to find out more in the near future! Until then, watch this a few times to whet your appetite!
We’ve heard the rumors about the upcoming Ducati V4 and we’ve seen a few spy-shot pictures too – but now we can hear that four cylinder beast in all its glory. Thanks to some rather bold spectators at a Ducati test at Italy’s Misano circuit, we’ve got some rather grainy footage of the Panigale’s spiritual successor doing a few laps at the famous track.
If you’re in the market for a visual treat then you’re going to be disappointed – but if you appreciate the sound of an exotic V4 being put through its paces, then consider this an audible feast. This is the sound of the new Ducati V4.
Having a V4 on the roster would also allow the Ducati to make its presence known in other racing events, such as the Isle of Man TT, too.
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