To put it bluntly, we’re huge fans of Ducati. There’s a very simple reason for this. They tend to look like Ferrari’s on two wheels. And let’s face it. We love Ferrari. So on that premise alone, the Panigale V4 has won us over. Forget about the fact that it sounds like a mechanical symphony, goes faster than is necessary for human beings on two wheels to go, and looks like a Ferrari. We know, we mentioned it twice.
With that rant out of the way, there’s a lot of magical stuff going on with the newest and most powerful offering in the Ducati Supersport range. The standard Panigale V4, if you could call it that, delivers 216HP while the Especiale Edition which is limited to just 1,500 bikes ups the ante to 226HP. In either application you’re basically given race pedigree made applicable to the street.
This is made possible thanks to an all new engine with twice as many cylinders. For the new model Ducati drops the V-Twin and adds a 1.1 liter V4 engine. Hence the V4 in the name (probably?). The new set-up makes maximum power at 13,000 RPM with maximum torque not far behind at 10,000 RPM.
Making magic happen in the looks department is a result of 5 designers at work behind the scenes tucked away somewhere in Ducati’s HQ in Bologna, Italy. They were tasked with the glorious challenge of making us drool. And on our end it’s mission accomplished. Design-wise the Panigale V4 is not a huge departure from its predecessor, the 1299. If anything the designers took the very best from the 1299 and made it sleeker, newer, and cleaner. And that is a very, very good thing. The design language dances along the very thin line between elegance and over-the-top aggressive venting and paneling. The end result being near perfect proportions. There’s not a single design element of the Panigale V4 that we don’t love. Plain and simple.
Photos via Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.