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2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R [Model Overview]

2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Race-bred Perfection: The Ducati Panigale V4 R

Another model in the 2021 Ducati line-up that goes without an update for the new year is the Panigale V4 R. This is the top-level Panigale V4 model, surpassing the V4, V4 S, and even the impressive V4 SP. It’s a fast and exotic Italian-made sportbike, with classic Ducati aerodynamics, a powerful engine, and unrivaled sports performance. It also has a terrifyingly high price tag too.

The heart of this fearsome Ducati motorcycle is a 998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. It has a smaller displacement than its stablemates, but it has more power. In fact, in stock from the Panigale V4 R produces a mammoth 221 horsepower, with 83 lb-ft of torque.  But that’s only half of the story. With Ducati’s race kit installed, that power output soars to 234 horsepower with the overall weight of the bike dropping to 165.5 kg (364.9 lbs), giving the Ducati Panigale V4 R a power-to-weight ratio of 1.41!

Standard equipment for the Panigale V4 R includes cornering ABS, advanced traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine brake control, ride modes, power modes, and more. Other top features include Öhlins event-based, semi-active suspension, Brembo brakes, and a liberal splash of carbon fiber.

For 2021, the Panigale V4 R is available in Ducati’s R livery, featuring Ducati Red and brushed aluminum.

The 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R starts at $40,000 USD / $47,995 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP in one place.

2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $40,000 USD / $47,995 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Immensely powerful 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine
    • Optional state-of-the-art race kit
    • Power output of 234 HP with Akrapovic exhaust installed

Main Specs

  • Engine: 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 engine
  • Power: 221 HP
  • Torque: 83 lbs-ft
  • Dry Weight: 379 lbs (172 kg)
  • Seat Height: 32.7 in (830 mm)


2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R Specifications

From Ducati


Engine 998 cc, Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Power 221 HP
Bore x Stroke 81 x 48.4 mm
Compression Ratio 14.0:1
Fuel System Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies with aerodynamic valves. Variable length intake system
Starter Electric
Exhaust 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes


Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper dry clutch
Transmission 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
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
Tires Rear
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Fuel Tank Capacity 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)
Color R Livery


Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length
Overall Width
Rake 24,5°
Wheelbase 1.471mm (57,9 in)
Seat Height 830 mm (32.7 in)
Dry Weight 172 kg (379 lb)


Warranty 24 months unlimited mileage

2021 Ducati Panigale V4 R

2021 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.

Top performance

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 cc. 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.

Racing aerodynamics

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.

Cutting-edge technology

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.

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