Published on November 15th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
The Streetfighter V4 SP Is Ducati’s Most Adrenaline-Pumping Naked Bike
The ‘Sport Production’ version of the Streetfighter V4 will be offered in limited numbers
Ducati has expanded its Streetfighter V4 family with the introduction of a range-topping variant called the Streetfighter V4 SP. Taking the ‘Fight Formula’ to a whole new level, the SP brings with it plenty of mechanical goodies as well as some carbon fibre bits to help trim down the excess weight. Think of it as the Panigale V4 SP without the bodywork.
Aesthetically, the Streetfighter V4 SP is easily recognisable by its special ‘Winter Test’ livery that pays homage to the Ducati Corse motorcycles ridden in MotoGP and SBK Championships pre-season tests. The livery combines matte black on the fairings, matte carbon on the wheels and wings and red accents on the brushed aluminium tank. Of course, you’ll also find the Italian flag colours on the carbon wings.
Speaking of carbon, wings and mudguard aside, the five split-spoke wheels are also made of the lightweight material. They are 1.4 kg lighter than the forged aluminium ones fitted on the standard version and capable of reducing the inertia by 26 percent ant the front and 46 percent at the rear. Also included are CNC machined footpegs and a lithium-ion battery. All in all, the SP is 3 kg lighter than the V4 S at 196 kg.
Like the version it’s based on, the Streetfighter V4 SP is still powered by the zestful 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine making 208 hp and 123 Nm at 9,500 rpm, but here, the engine is paired with a STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which Ducati claims offers “a better anti-hopping function” and “greater fluidity during all “off-throttle” stages”.
As for the suspension, the SP retains V4 S’s Öhlins NIX-30 fork, Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and Öhlins steering damper, all of which are controlled by the second generation Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system. Unlike the S version, however, it has the same Panigale V4 springs and hydraulic. The only difference is a fork spring preload reduced from 11 mm to 6 mm.
For 2022 Ducati introduces also top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP model, offered in a numbered version and marked with the well-known “SP” (which stands for Sport Production) abbreviation. The new Streetfighter V4 SP is the most adrenaline-pumping naked to ever roll its wheels off the production line in Borgo Panigale. This thanks to a special technical equipment that perfectly combines the “Fight Formula” with the “SP” specifications, further improving the power-to-weight ratio of the Streetfighter V4 S, which was already at the top of its category, and making the bike even more effective on the track.
The Streetfighter V4 SP comes with a dedicated livery, premium equipment derived from the Superleggera V4, as well as with a restrained weight: 196 kg in running order (3 kg less compared to the Streetfighter V4 S).
The essential and captivating “Winter Test” livery has been conceived by the Ducati Centro Stile taking inspiration from the Ducati Corse motorcycles ridden in MotoGP and SBK Championships pre-season tests. The Matt Black of the fairings combined with the Matt Carbon finish of rims and wings superbly contrasts with the bright Red accents and the sparkling brushed aluminum tank. The new born from Borgo Panigale is also enriched with some beautiful details, such as the progressive number printed on the handlebar and the Italian flag colour scheme on the carbon wings.
The Streetfighter V4 SP is equipped with 5 split-spoke carbon rims, 1.4 kg lighter than the forged aluminum ones fitted as standard on the Streetfighter V4 S and capable of reducing the inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, making the bike significantly more agile and lighter when changing direction. The exclusive Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers guarantee uncommon braking power, as well as stunning performance even during extended use on track.
The new bike is equipped with the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 with the event-based system that can vary the damping according to the rider’s riding style, and together with biplane wings they increase confidence and ensure the best performance in sporty use.
The beating heart is the 1,10 with 208 hp capable of delivering a torque of 123 Nm at 9,500 rpm (Euro 5-compliant). On the Streetfighter V4 SP the Desmosedici Stradale is fitted with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which guarantees a better anti-hopping function, even in the most aggressive downshifts, and greater fluidity during all “off-throttle” stages, a crucial aspect to be truly effective on the track when pushing to the limit.
The equipment of this unique bike is enriched by the adjustable aluminum and CNC machined footpegs, the carbon front mudguard, the lithium-ion battery and a range of accessories suitable for the “track days”, such as the open carbon clutch cover** and the caps for removing the license plate holder**.
Thanks to its technical equipment, the Streetfighter V4 SP is the ideal companion for the amateur who wants to rule the track riding a naked bike and get an instant response. Braking capacity results in fact out of the ordinary, the bike is easier to lay into the corner and gets to the apex faster, not to mention the great stability at high speeds.