The V4 Unleashed: Ducati’s Panigale V4 S
The next V4-powered sportbike in the 2021 Ducati line-up is the Panigale V4 S. The V4 S is one of the most advanced Ducati motorcycles to roll out of the Bologna factory. It’s the premium version of the celebrated Panigale V4, with a number of technological improvements and a much higher price tag. But like the standard Panigale V4, the V4 S doesn’t receive any significant updates for 2021. It’s more or less the exact same model as the 2020 version.
The powerplant, for example, remains unchanged for 2021. The heart of the Panigale S is the same formidable Italian-made 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine that produces a huge 214 horsepower and 91.5 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, it features all of the same electronics and advanced riding aids as the base model, but there are some key differences.
The most notable difference between the two models is the addition of Öhlins suspension replacing the Showa units on the base model. Up front, the Panigale V4 S features an Öhlins NIX-30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock absorber, and an Öhlins event-based steering damper too. These are all kept in line with the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system for the ultimate ride experience.
For 2021, the Panigale V4 S is available exclusively in Ducati Red.
The 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 S starts at $28,695 USD / $32,395 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 S in one place.
- Price: $28,695 USD / $32,595 CAD
- Key Features:
- Powerful 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine
- Upgraded Öhlins front and rear suspension
- Self-bleeding brake and clutch pumps
- Engine: 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 engine
- Power: 214 HP
- Torque: 91.5 lbs-ft
- Dry Weight: 384 lbs (174 kg)
- Seat Height: 32.9 in (835 mm)
2021 Ducati Panigale V4 S Specifications
|Engine||1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 engine|
|Bore x Stroke||81 x 53.5 mm|
|Fuel System||Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. Variable length intake system|
|Exhaust||4-2-1-2 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 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO|
|Brakes Rear||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with 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||1.469 mm (57,8 in)|
|Seat Height||835 mm (32.9 in)|
|Dry Weight||174 kg (384 lb)|
|Warranty||24 months unlimited mileage|
2021 Ducati Panigale V4 S Features
Co-developed by Ducati Corse and the Ducati Style Center, the Panigale V4 MY2020 aerodynamics package now mirrors that of the Panigale V4 R. The result; fairings that – in true Panigale style – meet official Ducati Superbike requirements in full.
As in MotoGP, aerodynamic development involved a series of preliminary CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) studies, followed by optimization on a full-scale wind tunnel model.
The Panigale V4 aerodynamics package includes:
Plexiglas screen, nose fairing and larger lateral fairings
More efficient lateral vents for radiator through-air
The Panigale V4 is powered by the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale (banked 42° back from the horizontal), a MotoGP-derived 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing, a one-of-a-kind engine featuring a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order. The engine can deliver 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and a torque of 12.6 kgm at 10,000 rpm, making for awesome road riding.
Desmo: blending tradition and the future
The new engine is designed around the Desmodromic system, a characteristic that helps make Ducati the fastest prototypes of the top racing class in motorcycle racing. With this high-rotation engine the “Desmo” achieves its maximum technical value, reaching levels of sophistication, compactness and lightness never seen before on a Ducati.
On street bikes the crankshaft rotates in the same direction as the wheels. In contrast, in MotoGP the counter-rotating crankshaft that rotates in the opposite direction is commonly used. The Desmosedici Stradale has borrowed this technical solution to compensate for part of the gyroscopic effect produced by the wheels, making the bike more agile and precise when changing directions. The counter-rotating crankshaft also generates a torque due to inertia that tends to lower the front end during acceleration, and the rear end when braking, thus reducing the wheelie phenomenon.
“Twin Pulse” firing order
Combined with the V engine layout, this particular shaft geometry allows for a special ‘Twin Pulse’ ignition sequence. The distinctiveness lies in the fact that the two left-hand cylinders fire closely together, as do the two right-hand ones. On the timing chart, the ignition points are, then, at 0°, 90°, 290° and 380°. This particular firing order makes the V4 sound just like the MotoGP Desmosedici.
Chassis and ergonomics
Major changes on the Panigale V4 MY2020 chassis have seen the introduction of the Front Frame. Built according to Ducati Corse specifications, the latter features a special suspension set-up with a higher barycentre, an increased chain pull angle and improved use of suspension travel. Thanks to these modifications, the bike is easier to lay into the corner when you ease off the brakes, gets to the apex faster, soaks up any pits or ripples more effectively and behaves more neutrally out of the corner.
The Panigale V4 features a latest-generation electronics package based on a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles.
The electronics package oversees every aspect of the ride: some controls supervise start, acceleration and braking, others govern traction and others again lend a helping hand on corners and out-of-the-corner stretches.
- ABS Cornering EVO
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2
- Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
- Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
- Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2
- Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO
- Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO
The operational parameters for each of these controls are associated by default with the three Panigale V4 Riding Modes. Riders can personalize parameters to suit their riding style or restore Ducati factory settings. DTC, DWC, DSC or EBC control levels can be adjusted quickly via the left switchgear.
Accessories and apparel
Made exclusively by Akrapovič with the Ducati experience. It is the most advanced racing assembly available on the market. Each section of the system is manufactured in a special titanium alloy that is both lightweight and resistant to high temperatures, allowing for an overall reduction in the bike’s weight. Once installed on the bike, the exhaust dramatically increases the already excellent weight-topower ratio of the Panigale, for breathtaking accelerations and stretches. Thanks to its experience, Ducati Corse has developed the qualities of the motorcycle and exhaust to their maximum levels to create a perfect synergy, specifically for this exhaust, recalibrating the many and fundamental electronic aids: DTC, DWC, DPL and Slide on demand.