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Softer Ducati V4 is ‘less fatiguing’

Ducati Panigale
2020 Ducati Panigale family

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     

Softer springs

Ducati Panigale V4 S

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.Softer DUCATI PANIGALE V4

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).Softer DUCATI PANIGALE V4

“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
Displacement 1,103 cc
Bore X stroke 81 x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio 14.0:1
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
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)
Rake 24,5°
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).