V2 Sounds Sexier Than V-Twin
Ducati sought to rival the Tokyo Motor Show with its own show revealing a couple of new models. One of them is the hotly anticipated Panigale V2. That bike comes with an all-new engine, an engine many were calling half a V4. It’s a V-twin but Ducati calls it the V2. I reported on the bike back when it was spotted testing and now it’s here.
The Panigale V2 is a baby Panigale V4 but and that’s certainly not a bad thing. The company called the motorcycle a “compact sportbike,” according to RideApart. The bike is designed to be a good bike for everyday sportbike life and is targeted at younger buyers. The bike comes with a 955cc displacement engine and it puts out 155 hp and about 77 lb-ft of torque.
Overall, the V2’s design is very similar to the Panigale V4. This is no surprise. The V4 is a hit and Ducati obviously wants to capitalize on that by offering a more user-friendly and budget-friendly motorcycle. The bodywork of the bike features some minor changes and different cutouts but the overall styling is the same. The bike is said to weigh only 388 pounds dry, so it should be very maneuverable.
The bike comes with Ducati’s Human Machine Interface, ABS cornering, traction control, wheelie control, the QuickShift system, and engine brake control. There’s a Showa at the front of the bike. The rear gets a Sachs shock with a single-sided swingarm. Brembo provides the stopping power. Pricing and availability have not been released.