Speed & Adrenaline: The 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R
The 2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R is about as close as you can get to riding the brand’s Desmosedici GP20 MotoGP motorcycle without taking up a career as a professional racer. Ducati claims that this is as close to a racing prototype as you get, and that heady mix of Italian style, sophistication, and performance makes for a seriously potent motorcycle.
The beating heart of the Panigale V4 R is the Desmosedici Stradale R engine: a 998cc V4 that produces 221 horsepower and 91 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are already incredible, but that’s for the bike wearing street legal trim.
If you opt for the Racing Kit extras, those figures improve considerably. With the addition of an Akrapovic racing exhaust, the peak power jumps to a fearsome 234 horses at 15,500 rpm. All in a package that weighs only 365 lbs.
To makes things even better, the Panigale V$ R features advanced aerodynamics in the form of a protective windscreen, a headlight fairing, air extractors, and MotoGP-derived winglets that increase stability and boost rider confidence.
The chassis has also been tweaked for improved performance, with a Ducati Corse front frame section that has been optimized for racing, working in partnership with a number of Öhlins products, from the forks to a mechanical steering damper to provide surgical handling.
Naturally, the 2020 Panigale V4 R boasts a cutting edge electronics suite that’s governed by a 6-axis IMU. The electronics package has everything a rider would need for every day riding to track day essentials.
The 2020 Panigale V4 R is available in Ducati’s signature red color scheme, with prices starting from $40,000.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new Ducati Panigale V4 R in one place.
- Price: $ 40,000
- Key Features:
- LED Lighting
- Fuel Injection
- Engine type: 998 cc, Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4
- Power: 234 HP
- Dry weight: 172 kg (379 lb)
- Seat height: 830 mm (32.7 in)
2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R Specifications
|Engine||998 cc, Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||81 mm x 48.4 mm|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valves. Variable length intake system|
|Exhaust||4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes|
|Clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper dry clutch|
|Final Drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42|
|Suspension Front||Fully adjustable 43 mm Öhlins NPX pressurized fork with TiN treatment.|
|Suspension Rear||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm. Adjustable pivot position +/- 3 mm|
|Brakes Front||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston calipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO|
|Brakes Rear||245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO|
|Tires Front||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17|
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)|
|Wheelbase||1.471mm (57,9 in)
|Seat Height||830 mm (32.7 in)|
|Dry Weight||172 kg (379 lb)|
|Warranty||24 months unlimited mileage|
2020 Ducati Panigale V4 R Features
Ready to get on track
The new Panigale V4 R is a race bike approved for road use and is the technical starting point from which the official Ducati Superbike models derive from and will compete in the 2019 racing season.
The Desmosedici Stradale R is a more responsive engine that allows reaching the red area of the rev counter at 16,000 rpm (16,500 rpm in sixth gear) to ensure a greater sprint. This results in 221 HP (162 kW) that react immediately to the throttle inputs, delivered at 15,250 rpm (values referring to EU type-approval), 2,250 extra rpm with respect to the V4 of 1,103 cu. cm. Impressive figures for a 998 cu. cm engine, that becomes even more amazing by fitting the full-racing exhaust Ducati Performance by Akrapovič, bringing the maximum power to 234 HP (174 kW) at 15,500 rpm.
The aerodynamic package of the new Panigale V4 R includes: protective windscreen, headlight fairing, and side fairings to reduce aerodynamic resistance, air extractors to reduce operating temperatures in heavy-duty racing use, and the GP16-derived carbon fiber aerodynamic appendices that increase stability in all riding phases, reduce the intervention of electronic controls and increase rider confidence, who tends to keep the throttle open for a longer time and brake late into the curve.
Design for performance
The Front Frame of the new Panigale V4R, developed in collaboration with the engineers of Ducati Corse, is optimized for racing use with fully mechanical Öhlins steering damper and suspensions, including the new pressurized front fork and the swinging arm with four-way adjustable pin.
The new Panigale V4 R is equipped with the latest generation electronic package, that manages all riding phases, based on the use of the 6-axis inertial platform by Bosch (6D IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit). The Pit Limiter makes its debut on the bike, limiting its speed when riding in the pit lane.