Ducati is known for its hard-edged sports bikes with race-tuned stiff suspension, but the 2020 Pangale V4 comes with softer springs to make it more user-friendly and less fatiguing.
It was presented in Italy by boss Claudio Domenicali along with Streetfighter V4, Scrambler Dark, Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour and all-red Diavel S.
The updated V4 is now lighter and has upgraded aerodynamics with a wider side fairing, wider front fairing, racing screen and winglets.
The result is 30kg of downforce at 270km/h on the front wheel to reduce wheelie tendency and improve high-speed stability.
Ducati Australia should have the bikes early next year with pricing announced closer to the date. Current Panigale V4 prices are:
- Panigale V4 $ 31,390
- Panigale V4 S $ 39,990
- Panigale V4 Speciale ALU $ 63,190
- Panigale V4 Speciale MAG $ 68,190
- Panigale V4 S GP $ 42,790
- Panigale V4 R $ 63,190
The Panigale V4 is equipped with a fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) and a fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber, one side of which is attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine via a forged aluminium bracket.
The Panigale V4 S, instead, mounts an Öhlins NIX-30 fork, an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and an Öhlins event-based steering damper. On this version suspension and steering damper are controlled by the second-generation Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system which, among other things, features the new OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface).
On both versions, fork rear shock has softer and more pre-loaded springs, resulting in more efficient use of suspension travel to even out pits and ripples on the asphalt. The combination of reduced spring rate and higher pre-loading gives better dive control during braking, resulting in easier, more intuitive turn-ins, especially for the less expert rider.
The softer changes were apparently made in response to “feedback/data numbers from customers all over the world”.
The Panigale V4 now has more components from the V4 R such as the aero pack (aerofoils, Plexiglas screen, nose fairing and larger lateral fairings, more efficient side vents for radiator through-air).
“This provides better airflow protection and improves overall vehicle stability, enhancing confidence,” Ducati says.
The front frame has modified stiffness to :give better front-end ‘feel’ at extreme lean angles”.
Thanks to a new ‘predictive’ control strategy, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2 significantly improves out-of-the-corner power control; Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, instead, shortens up-shift times, allowing sportier high-rev gear shifts (over 10,000 rpm) and boosting shift stability during aggressive acceleration and cornering.
The bike also features specially-developed Ride by Wire system mappings with several different torque delivery control logics.
Powering the Panigale V4 is the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale: a MotoGP-derived 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing, with a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order.
The engine can deliver 21hp at 13,000rpm and 12.6Kgm of torque at 10,000rpm.
Ducati Panigale V4 tech specs
|Engine||Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, counter-rotatingcrankshaft, 4 Desmodromic timing, 4 valves percylinder, liquid-cooled|
|Bore X stroke||81 x 53.5 mm|
|Power (EU homologation)||157.5 kW (214 hp) @ 13,000 rpm|
|Torque (EU homologation)||124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm|
|Fuel injection||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|
|Gearbox||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1|
|Ratio||1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24|
|Final drive||Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41|
|Clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch|
|Frame||Aluminum alloy “Front Frame” with optimized stiffnesses|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes|
|Front wheel||5-spokes light alloy 3.50″ x 17″|
|Front tyre||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm|
|Rear Wheel||5-spokes light alloy 6.00” x 17”|
|Rear tyre||Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17|
|Wheel travel (front/rear)||120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)|
|Front brake||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO|
|Rear brake||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS EVO|
|Instrumentation||Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS|
|Dry weight||175 kg (386 lb)|
|Kerb weight*||198 kg (436 lb)|
|Seat height||835 mm (32.9 in)|
|Wheelbase||1.469 mm (57,8 in)|
|Front wheel trail||100 mm (3,94 in)|
|Fuel tank capacity||16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)|
|Number of seats||Dual seats|
|Safety equipment||Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration|
|Standard equipment||Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators|
|Additional equipment||Passenger seat and footpegs kit|
|Ready for||Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft, Ducati Lap Timer GPS (DLT GPS)|
|Warranty (months)||24 months unlimited mileage|
|Maintenance (km/months)||12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months|
|Valve clearance adjustment (km)||24,000 km (15,000 mi)|
|CONSUMPTION AND EMISSIONS (only for countries where Euro 4 standard applies)|
|CONSUMPTION/EMISSIONS||6,9 l/100km – CO2 165 g/km|
|*Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EU Regulation 44/2014 Annex XI).|