Probably the most exciting bike announced at Ducati World Premiere 2023 is the newly updated Ducati Panigale V4 R – a bike that takes everything that Ducati Corse has learned from its success in both MotoGP and WSBK and packages it into a consumer-ready, street-legal (sort of) motorcycle.
When we say this bike is insane, we mean it. The power plant at the core of the V4 R is a 998 cc V4 called the “Desmosedici Stradale R Evo”. With a top speed of 16,500 RPM, the Stradale R is unlike any of its competitors. In basic configuration, the engine produces 218 HP and 82 lb-ft of torque. While that may sound like more than enough power, this bike has a trick up its sleeve – with an optional Akrapovic racing exhaust system, those numbers bump up to 237 hp and 87 lb-ft. This exhaust package also shaves over 10 lbs off the bike. As if that wasn’t enough, Ducati says that with dedicated Shell Oil, the V4 R is capable of 240.5 HP. The Italian manufacturer warns that the inclusion of the racing exhaust disqualifies this bike from road use, but with a wet weight of just 427 lbs in street-legal configuration, we have no doubt that it’s a blast no matter where you ride.
The amount of engineering and development that has gone into this bike is mind-blowing and could easily turn this overview into a book, so we’ll keep it brief and just call out some highlights. The bike uses aluminum pistons with a “Diamond Like Carbon” treatment which helps reduce friction, the connecting rods are titanium and have been “gun drilled” (a technique which allows oil to flow throughout the rod and improve lubrication). This is the first time both of those upgrades have been used on a production road bike, according to Ducati. The bike also uses gear ratios taken directly from World Superbike racing.
In the electronics department, this bike is loaded. It features four unique power modes – Full, High, Medium, and Low. Additionally, ABS, Wheelie Control, Slide Control, Traction Control, and Engine Braking Control are all standard, and all of which can be monitored in a new “Track Evo” screen mode on the bike’s display, which also monitors laps, lap time, speed, and gear position.
With a bike this intense, it’s no shock that Ducati spared no expense with its equipment, featuring fully adjustable Ohlins suspension and a Brembo braking setup.
The Ducati Panigale V4 R makes it very easy to tell who sits at the top of the Ducati 2023 lineup and we’d be willing to bet that one lap on this bike will make you feel like Pecco Bagnaia or Álvaro Bautista. The bike comes exclusively in a Ducati Corse red and silver livery.
The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R starts at $44,995 USD / $52,995 CAD.
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Price: $44,995 USD / $52,995 CAD
Four unique Power Modes
Optional Track Only Configuration
Engine: 998cc V4
Power: 218 hp (Street Configuration)
Torque: 82 lb-ft (Street Configuration)
Dry Weight: 379 lbs (172 kg) 9 Street Configuration)
6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
Fully adjustable 43 mm Öhlins NPX 25/30 pressurized fork with TiN treatment.
Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX 36 unit with hydraulic spring preload adjuster. Aluminium single-sided swingarm. Adjustable pivot position +/- 3 mm
2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Self bleeding master cylinder.
245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Fuel Tank Capacity
17 l – 4.49 gallon (US)
1.471mm (57,9 in)
100 mm (3,94 in)
850 mm (33.5 in)
172 kg (379 lb)
24 months, Unlimited mileage
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R Features
Evolution of the 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R Evo
The engine retains its top speed of 16,500 rpm in sixth gear, an unparalleled value in the supersport range of similar displacement. By fitting the non-homologated racing exhaust, it is possible to take full advantage of all the upgrades made to the engine, and the maximum power figure can even reach 237 hp*.
For the first time on a road bike, titanium connecting rods of the “gun drilled” type are used, that is, drilled longitudinally along the shaft (1.6 mm diameter hole). This solution, by allowing oil to flow from the head to the connecting rod foot, improves pin lubrication and thus reliability under extreme conditions.
**The Panigale V4 R can reach 240.5 hp in closed course configuration with the combination of the complete racing exhaust and dedicated Shell Oil. The racing exhaust is intended for vehicles used only in closed course circuits. Operation on public roads is prohibited by law.
The superstructures of the Ducati supersports bike have also been updated, with the adoption of a brushed aluminum tank with a capacity increased to 17 litres and a profile that offers better support for the rider’s arms and legs when braking and when cornering. The changes to the tank are added to a flatter saddle, with a reduced amount of foam and with a different covering, which on the one hand guarantees greater freedom of longitudinal movement, and on the other helps the rider to become more stable when necessary.
Öhlins long excursion fork
At the front, the Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork increases its travel by 5 mm compared to the previous “R”. This technical solution, combined with an Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber whose centre distance goes from 312 to 316 mm and a standard adjustment of the swingarm pivot to the +1 position, increases the rear height by 20 mm. In this way, a higher centre of gravity is achieved and therefore greater nimbleness in corner entry and changes of direction.
New Info Mode “Track Evo”
In the “Track Evo” screen, the tachometer moves on a horizontal scale positioned in the highest part of the display, that is the most visible and the indication of the gear engaged is in the centre of the screen. In the right area of the display there are four different colored sectors, each dedicated to an electronic control (DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC). These sectors light up individually when the electronics are working on a certain parameter, remaining on for the time necessary for the rider to identify which indicator is activated. This signalling mode makes it easier for the rider to understand the control that has actually worked to allow him to intervene more precisely and punctually on the choice of optimal level and to obtain better performance more quickly. The left sector completes the information with chronometer, number of laps completed and speed.
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R Photos
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R Videos
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