Published on November 21st, 2020 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Ducati Unveils Track-Focused Panigale V4 SP
Ducati has expanded its Panigale V4 range with the addition of the new Panigale V4 SP (Sport Production). According to Ducati, the bike is ideal for the amateur who wants to hit the track and be fast immediately.
The latest offering from Borgo Panigale marks the return of the SP acronym, which was introduced for the first time in 1991 on the legendary Ducati 851.
At first glance, the Panigale V4 SP appears similar to the Panigale V4 S. But what makes the SP stand out is a Winter Test livery which is made up of matte black, bright red accents and brushed aluminium finish on the tank. The livery is inspired by that of the Ducati Corse bikes used in the pre-seasons tests of the MotoGP and SBK Championship.
Powering the bike is the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine that is capable of delivering 214 hp at 13,000 rpm, and 124 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm. The engine uses an STM EVO SBK dry clutch that guarantees a more effective anti-hop function.
As for the chassis, Ducati employs an Ohlins NIX 30 fork, TTX36 rear shock absorber and Ohlins steering damper controlled by the Smart EC 2.0 system. The wheels are made of carbon fibre, making them 1.4 kg lighter than the aluminium ones found on the V4 S, while the braking system comprises two 330 mm Brembo discs with Brembo Stylema R monobloc calipers at the front.
As expected of a flagship superbike, the Panigale V4 SP is filled to the brim with electronics, which include Bosch EVO Cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, quickshifter and so on and so forth.
On top of that, there is a racing kit for track days that allows the removal of the rear-view mirrors, license plate holder and open clutch cover. The Ducati Data Analyzer with GPS module are also included.
For 2021 Ducati is expanding the Panigale family by introducing the Panigale V4 SP version, which marks the return of the historic “SP” (Sport Production) acronym. The Panigale V4 SP is numbered, and the number is engraved on the machined steering head.
The Panigale V4 SP – 214 hp, 12.6 kgm of torque and a dry weight of 173 kg – has a dedicated livery and is equipped with all the technical features to enhance its qualities in track use. Many elements derive from the Superleggera V4: carbon rims, brake calipers and master cylinders, dry clutch and the same chain size (520).
The most important component for the improvement of the dynamic qualities are certainly the precious 5 split-spoke carbon rims, 1.4 kg lighter than the forged aluminium rims of the Panigale V4 S which reduce rolling inertia, making the bike significantly more agile and light in changes of direction.
The exclusive Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers ensure high braking power, as well as exceptional consistency of performance even during a long timed session without changes to the brake lever stroke. The calipers are activated by a Brembo MCS radial pump, which allows for rapid adjustment of the braking feeling to suit the rider’s needs.
The Desmosedici Stradale engine of the “SP” is accompanied by a dry clutch, which allows it to be even more effective on the track when riding to the limit, and is coupled to a final drive with 520 chain, narrower and therefore lighter than the one fitted to the Panigale V4 S.
The Rizoma anodized aluminium footpegs mounted on the Panigale V4 SP are fully adjustable to adapt to the ergonomics of each rider and maximize ground clearance for use on the track. The bike is also equipped with a racing kit for track use that allows the removal of the rear-view mirrors, license plate holder and open clutch cover.
The livery of the Panigale V4 SP is inspired by the one used in the winter tests by the official MotoGP and Superbike teams, reworked by the Ducati Style Centre. The fuel tank is in exposed aluminium, the fairings are matt black enriched with fluorescent red details and carbon components, such as the front mudguard and wings.
The bike is equipped with a racing kit for track use. It includes machined from solid aluminium caps for the removal of the rear view mirrors, kit for the removal of the license plate holder, open clutch cover and includes the Ducati Data Analyzer + with GPS module.
Deliveries of the new Panigale V4 range will begin soon. All variants, configurations and accessories are subject to local market availability. Please contact your nearest dealer for further information.