Superlight Sports Performance: The 2021 Ducati Superleggera V4
If you want unparalleled performance and money is no issue, then the Superleggera V4 is the motorcycle in the 2021 Ducati line-up for you. It’s one of the most advanced Ducati motorcycles ever made, featuring cutting-edge technology and engineering, a sleek design aesthetic, and a fearsome power-to-weight ratio. Italian-made motorcycles don’t get better than this, or more exclusive—as only 500 units of the Superleggera V4 are set to go into production.
The Superleggera V4 comprises of a superlight carbon fiber frame, featuring a carbon front section, swingarm, fairing, and wheels, combined with an unbelievably powerful engine. The powerplant is a 998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine. In basic Superleggera-form, that engine produces 224 horsepower and 85.5 lb-ft of peak torque. However, with the optional racing exhaust package, those figures jump to 234 horsepower and 87.7 lb-ft of torque.
In total, the Superleggera V4 produces a power-to-weight ratio of 1.41 hp per kilo. Let that sink in. But there’s more. Not only does the Superleggera V4 boast an advanced chassis and engine, but it also features sophisticated electronics, with every single top riding aid you can think of, from advanced cornering ABS to multi-level traction control. Just don’t ask about the price.
For 2021, the Superleggera V4 is available exclusively in Ducati’s Red SLV4 racing livery.
The 2021 Ducati Superleggera is priced at approximately $100,000 USD / $120,000 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Ducati Superleggera V4 in one place.
- Price: $100,000 USD / $120,000 CAD
- Key Features:
- Unique lightweight carbon fiber body
- Powerful Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine
- Limited to just 500 units
- Engine: 998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine
- Power: 224 HP
- Torque: 85.6 lbs-ft
- Dry Weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Seat Height: 32.9 in (835 mm)
2021 Ducati Superleggera V4 Specifications
|Engine||998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine|
|Bore x Stroke||81 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|
|Transmission||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2|
|Final Drive||Regina ORAW2 chain ; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket in Ergal 42|
|Suspension Front||Fully adjustable 43 mm Ã–hlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork with TiN treatment, billet fork bottoms, lightweight springs, fully adjustable.|
|Suspension Rear||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit with GP valve and titanium spring. Carbon fiber single-sided swingarm.|
|Brakes Front||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc StylemaÂ® R 4-piston callipers with 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||1.480 mm (58,3 in)|
|Seat Height||835 mm (32.9 in)|
|Dry Weight||159 kg (350 lb) – 152.2 kg (335.5 lb) with racing kit|
|Warranty||24 months unlimited mileage|
2021 Ducati Superleggera V4 Features
The development of aerodynamic methodologies is inevitably linked to Ducati Corse and therefore to the design of unique racing prototypes. A context where every thousandth of a second can make the difference and where the bar for excellence is very high. From season to season the projects change and evolve, but some milestones remain.
We talked about it with Edoardo Lenoci, Ducati Aerodynamic Development Manager.
“The GP16 aerodynamic design was undoubtedly our most powerful and effective project. The evolution of the MotoGP rules did not allowed us to continue the development in that direction, and today all the legal layouts for aerodynamic appendages are based on closed C-shapes which are globally less efficient than previous ones.
We had been looking for a way to continue the development interrupted in 2017. Breathing new life into our best aerodynamic project”.
The Ducati design philosophy is built by subtraction, recognizing the purest style in the in-depth research of essential shapes. Even the aesthetics of color is built with respect for the nature of the elements. And in the Superleggera V4 it is possible to distinguish with the Ducati Red the original color of the precious materials that compose it: the different types of carbon, titanium, aluminum.
We talked about it with Andrea Ferraresi, Ducati Head of Design.
“While the design of Ducati superbikes has always been extremely tech-driven, the Superleggera V4 project is a stylistic masterpiece.
The work of the design team focused primarily on making the shapes and materials speak for themselves. We worked to create an interplay of lines and depth between the Ducati red and visible carbon. The Superleggera V4 is a project for which it was critical to bring out the beauty of technique. Our work has therefore been focused on letting the beauty of functional efficiency speak for itself”.
We talked about it with Enrico Poluzzi, Ducati Engine Design Manager.
“Starting work on the Superleggera V4 was really exciting: we were free to think about unconventional solutions and to let our creativity run wild. It’s a much bigger playing field; my team was blessed with the opportunity of designing without any pressure in terms of costs or experimental levels and to have access to materials, processes, technologies that we normally use only in competitions.
It’s also an extremely engaging moment for everyone, because each working group knows which components have technical margins and technological alternatives and therefore put its specific know-how in the line. It’s a project where the mandate is to do impossible things”.
In Superleggera V4 excellence, engineering and dream merge to achieve a goal as ambitious as its target performance standard. In order to offer riders just the right combination of comfort and safety and achieve the ultimate performance levels that only this bike can offer, Ducati is offering dedicated apparel in which technology and innovation reach the highest levels of excellence.
Superleggera V4 suit
Manufactured by Dainese, this one-piece suit is available in standard sizes. Owners of Superleggera V4 can order it custom-made using the configurator. The Superleggera V4 suit is ideal to experience the extreme emotions this bike has to offer in full comfort and with the utmost control and safety. It is made of durable, supple kangaroo leather and features large ventilated areas, precious titanium protectors and integrated |D |air® airbag technology.
Sporting a sleek look thanks to the exclusive design created by Aldo Drudi and inspired by the livery of the Superleggera V4, this suit has been designed to help you to give your best on the track thanks to the advanced integrated electronic system that allows you to collect data on your performance.