The Panigale For Real Ducati Purists: The Panigale V2
The Panigale V2 is the last remaining Panigale model that holds on to Ducati’s old-school twin-cylinder roots. The rest of the Panigale models in the 2021 Ducati line-up have evolved into modern V4 beasts. While they’re technologically more advanced, Ducati knows that there are plenty of purists who prefer their Ducati motorcycles with a fearsome Italian-made L-twin motor at the center of it all. Hence the new Panigale V2.
Forget the new Desmosedici Stradale V4, because the Panigale V2 is packing an old-school Superquadro instead. The 955 cc twin-cylinder engine produces a hearty 155 horsepower and 76.7 lb-ft of peak torque, which is more than enough to keep it competitive. As the replacement for Ducati’s old 959, the newer Panigale V2 is an ideal entry-level Panigale for those looking for exotic performance but in a slightly less aggressive package than the V4.
Like most of Ducati’s top-line sports machines, the Panigale V2 is equipped with a full suite of electronics and top-shelf riding aids. These are kept in line with an advanced 6-axis inertial measurement unit that governs the motorcycle’s traction control, engine braking control, ride modes, engine maps, wheelie control, and cornering ABS.
For 2021, the Panigale V2 is available in two distinctive color options. The first is the classic Ducati Red, but there’s also an all-new White Rosso Livery option for 2021 too.
The 2021 Ducati Panigale V2 starts at $16,495 USD / $18,995 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Ducati Panigale V2 in one place.
- Price: $16,495 USD / $18,995 CAD
- Key Features:
- Essential and sporty design
- Classic 955 cc twin-cylinder Superquadro engine
- Advanced 6-axis inertial platform
- Engine: 955cc Superquadro L-twin engine
- Power: 155 HP
- Torque: 76.7 lbs-ft
- Dry Weight: 388 lbs (176 kg)
- Seat Height: 33.1 in (840 mm)
2021 Ducati Panigale V2 Specifications
|Engine||955 cc, Superquadro: L-twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||100 mm x 60.8 mm|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.|
|Exhaust||2-1-2-1 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes|
|Clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch|
|Transmission||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2|
|Final Drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43|
|Suspension Front||Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes|
|Suspension Rear||Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm|
|Brakes Front||2 x 320 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc M4.32 4-piston callipers with Cornering ABS EVO|
|Brakes Rear||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS EVO|
|Tires Front||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 120/70 ZR17|
Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 180/60 ZR17
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 l – 4.5 gallon (US)|
|Color||Ducati Red, White Rosso Livery|
|Wheelbase||1.436 mm (56,5 in)|
|Seat Height||840 mm (33,1 in)|
|Dry Weight||176 kg (388 lb)|
|Warranty||24 months unlimited mileage|
2021 Ducati Panigale V2 Features
The new Panigale V2 Is a beefy yet compact bike of essential design with clear-cut lines that convey power without compromising classic Ducati superbike flair.
The Panigale V2 features the single-sided aluminum swingarm, the hallmark of every high-end sports Ducati. The extensive fairing highlights the more compact twin-cylinder Superquadro engine (smaller in comparison to the Desmosedici Stradale), creating a bike that is visibly leaner and less intimidating than the Panigale V4.
The Panigale V2 is now available both in the traditional Ducati Red with black 5 Y-spoke rims and in the new, vibrant White Rosso livery that mixes details in intense Ducati Red with Star White Silk.
The predominance of the white highlights the bike’s shapes and strips it down to its purest, perfect self. The more aggressive side of the Panigale V2 becomes even more energetic, boosted by the red on the rims, the front air inlets and the air deflector of the upper half fairing.
These latter two red accents accompany the air inside the motorcycle, air flows that power the engine and cool the radiator.
The 955 cc twin cylinder Superquadro engine complies with Euro 5 standards. Compared to the engine on the 959 Panigale it delivers an additional 5 hp and 2 Nm more of torque. it also features a new compact exhaust silencer, routed entirely underneath the engine.
With a maximum power of 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and a torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm, this twin cylinder engine delivers power smoothly and enjoyably on the road while remaining forceful – yet always under control – on the track.
Chassis and ergonomics
The Panigale V2 has revised ergonomics aimed at improving comfort. The new seat allows for greater longitudinal movement of the rider and greater comfort thanks to the new foam that raises it by 5 mm. The position of the footpegs remains the same.
The Panigale V2 features modern electronics based on a 6-axis inertial platform which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles.
The new electronics package raises active safety and dynamic control standards by adding the cornering function to the ABS, upgrading the quickshift so it now covers down-changes and including traction control, engine brake control and wheelie control.
As you’d expect, all controls are incorporated in the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street) and can be adjusted via the new 4.3″ color TFT dashboard. Featuring a user-friendly graphic interface browsing menus, adjusting settings and identifying the selected Riding Mode couldn’t be easier.
Accessories and apparel
Created by Akrapovič exclusively for the Panigale, this is the most advanced complete racing exhaust system available on the market. Every single section of the system is produced in a special Titanium alloy, with TIG (Tungste Inert Gas) weld joints, extremely light and resistant to high temperatures and allowing a weight reduction. Once fitted to the bike, the Evolution exhaust significantly increases the already impressive weight-power ratio of the Panigale, for breath-taking acceleration.
Rider comfort seat
Features denser foam and thicker padding when compared to the OE seat. These attributes provide maximum support while minimizing rider fatigue.
The exotic material further enhances the sport demeanor of this new Superbike