The Asphalt & Rubber touring circus doesn’t cease, and after spending lower than 12hrs at residence after the Honda Gold Wing launch, I’m again at it…this time in Valencia, Spain for the Ducati Panigale V4 worldwide press launch.
Arguably probably the most anticipated bike to debut for the 2018 mannequin yr, the Panigale V4 is a large step for Ducati, principally due to the Italian firm’s radical departure from its iconic v-twin energy plant configuration, in favor of the 90° V4 engine configuration.
Now with four-cylinders of fury, this 1,103cc, 214hp, V4 machine is about to deal with the superbike market, however will it reside as much as the hype? Effectively, that’s what we’re going to search out out.
To take action, Ducati has us using on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, which is simply outdoors of Valencia and residential to the ultimate spherical of the MotoGP Championship. A enjoyable and flowing observe with slightly little bit of every little thing, Valencia needs to be a great spot to see how the Panigale V4 actually handles.
We could have 5 observe classes, 4 of which will probably be on the Ducati Panigale V4 S, and of which will probably be on the 226hp Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale.
With a bevy of digital upgrades and loads of options, we’ll want on a regular basis that we are able to get to so as to mess around with Ducati’s flagship mannequin, and see the way it goes.
Per our new evaluate format, we will probably be giving you a reside evaluation of the brand new Ducati Panigale V4 S proper right here on this article (down within the feedback part), and there we’ll attempt to reply any questions you may need.
So, right here is your likelihood to be taught what it’s wish to journey the Ducati Panigale V4, earlier than even my very own correct critiques are posted. As all the time, if I don’t know a solution, I’ll attempt to get a response from the Ducati personnel. So, pepper away.
You possibly can comply with our ideas on the bike reside by way of Fb, Twitter, and Instagram, and you’ll see what our colleagues are posting on social media by searching for the hashtag #PanigaleV4.
Spec-Sheet Comparability of Related Fashions to the Ducati Panigale V4 S:
|Ducati Panigale V4 S||Aprilia RSV4 RF||MV Agusta F4 RR||BMW S1000RR|
|Horsepower||214 hp||201 hp||201hp||199hp|
|Torque||91.5 lbs•ft||84.eight lbs•ft||82 lbs•ft||83 lbs•ft|
|Weight||386 lbs (moist)||397 lbs (dry)||423 lbs (dry)||403 lbs (dry)|
|Engine||V4 / 90° / 1,103cc||V4 / 65° / 999cc||Inline-four, 998cc||Inline-four, 999cc|