For the last two years, the Ducati Panigale V4 has set the benchmark in the super sports bike sector and is once again the best-selling motorcycle in the world for the second year in a row.
Production of the new Panigale V4 2020 is well underway, with just over 400 motorcycles having already been delivered to dealers in both Europe and the US. The coming weeks will also see the new bike delivered to dealers in other parts of the world.
Feedback and data from existing customers helped in the design of the new 2020 motorcycle, allowing Ducati to make the new Panigale V4 easier, less fatiguing and more intuitive to ride. This resulted in creating a bike that was more powerful and faster, as well as being even more enjoyable to ride, particularly for the amateur rider, bringing them closer to what a professional rider experiences on the track.
The Panigale V4 is powered by a 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale, which is banked 42° back from the horizontal, a MotoGP-derived 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing, and one-of-a-kind engine featuring a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order. This powerful engine delivers 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and a torque of 12.6 kgm at 10,000 rpm, giving it incredible performance on the road.
A lot of the equipment on the Panigale V4 comes from the V4 R, which includes the aerodynamic package through-air, such as the aerofoils, plexiglass screen and nose fairing. The new bike also gets larger lateral fairings and more efficient lateral vents for the radiator, which provides greater airflow protection and improves the overall stability of the bike, giving the rider more confidence.
The 2020 model gets additional modified stiffness to the Front Frame chassis, giving it a better front-end ‘feel’ at extreme lean angles. In addition, the bike includes DTC and DQS up/down EVO 2 strategies. The 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, that shortens up-shift times, allowing sportier high-rev gear shifts (over 10,000 rpm) and boosts the shift stability during aggressive acceleration and cornering. The Panigale V4 also features specially developed Ride by Wire system mappings with several torque delivery control logics.
The S version of the bike (featured in the video below) comes with Öhlins event-based electronic control which uses the second-generation Öhlins Smart EC (Electronic Control) system that exploits the full potential of the IMU 6D.
For more information on the Panigale V4 MY2020, please visit www.ducati.com
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photographs courtesy of Ducati