Published on March 16th, 2022 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Gets New Kit, More Powerful Engine
It will be available for orders starting this month
Ducati has taken the covers off the new Panigale V4 SP2, less than two years after it unveiled the 2021 V4 SP. The ultimate track bike retains the Winter Test livery in matte black with bright red accents but gains a number of mouth-watering mechanical upgrades to merit the ‘Sport Production’ designation.
Borgo Panigale says the SP2 version has an even more powerful braking system, lightweight carbon rims, final drive and dry clutch inherited from the WorldSBK bike, as well as racing footpegs and a number of carbon components.
It also comes standard with a track kit, which includes billet aluminium caps for the removal of rear-view mirrors, kit for removing the license plate holder and open carbon clutch cover.
Powering the Panigale V4 SP2 is the MotoGP-derived 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, which the Italian motorcycle manufacturer claims has been improved for increased power output and improved throttle response.
In combination with a new dedicated mapping, the Euro 5-certified engine delivers 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm and 123.6 Nm of torque at 9,500 rpm, representing an increase of 1.5 hp over the 2021 Panigale V4. Dedicated gear-by-gear torque curves and four Power Modes (Full, High, Medium and Low) allow riders to fully capitalise the engine.
Additionally, the SP2 also gains the lightened final driver with 520 chain and the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch that provides a more effective anti-hopping function and smoother ‘off throttle’ compared to the oil bath clutch of the V4 S.
The suspension system features an electronically controlled Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork at the front, an Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber at the rear and an electronic steering damper. Thanks to the second generation Smart EC 2.0 system with OBTI (Objective Based Tuning Interface), riders are allowed for a more intuitive management of the suspension system.
The SP2 rolls on new 5-split spoke carbon wheels, which are 1.4 kg lighter than the aluminium forged units of the V4 S and also reduce inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear.
Stopping power is provided by Brembo Stylema R front brake callipers, which are operated by a Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) radial pump that allows riders to adjust the brake feel via three configurations.
Lastly, the instrument panel now has a Track Evo mode derived from MotoGP. In this screen, the tachometer moves on a horizontal scale positioned in the highest part of the instrument and the indication of the gear engaged is in the centre. All electronic controls are displayed in four different sectors in the right area of the display, while the chronometer, laps completed and speed are on the left sector.