April 24, 2024

Ducati’s Race Bred V4 Panigale Unveiled Next Month

Team Ducati unveiling the latest masterpiece.

Ducati offers performance levels honed by years of MotoGP experience with the debuting of the Panigale V4 next month.

November EICMA, debuts the new Panigale V4, an all-new motorcycle powered by an extraordinary engine.

Called the Desmosedici Stradale, this Ducati engine is set to become yet another milestone for the Italian company: it will be the first time ever that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer has equipped a standard production bike with a 4-cylinder engine.

With the incomparable performance, comes the new 90° V4 engine designed to power the Ducati Supersport models. In transferring the technology filtered down from MotoGP this power unit is cutting-edge. This thoroughbred power unit was developed on the racetrack to road.

Ducati’s contribution to the V4 engine family


The official engine unveiling took place in Misano during the San Marino GP, the thirteenth round of the 2017 championship. A perfectly natural setting for the presentation, “It’s with undiluted pride that we unveil this technological gem. It represents the start of a new chapter for our company, underlining our vitality and an unshakeable commitment to investment in new products”, stated Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, during the unveiling. “This engine also highlights the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the factory bike development team”.

Whilst the Desmosedici Stradale engine is undoubtedly suited to the track, it has been designed with the road rider in mind. For example, to maximise mid-range torque – essential for a satisfying road experience – and ensure punchy torque and power at lower revs, the engine has a slightly larger displacement than its MotoGP counterpart (1103 cm³, to be precise). Power output from the Euro 4 compliant engine configuration exceeds 155 kW (210 hp) at 13,000 rpm while maximum torque exceeds 120 Nm (12.2 Kgm) from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm.

The Ducati unique “Twin Pulse” firing sequence (0°-90°-290°-380)a gives the Desmosedici Stradale a unique signature sound, like nothing else we have heard. Used on their race bikes, the crankshaft is of the counter-rotating type. This reduces the overall gyroscopic effect and makes the bike faster and agiler when changing direction, this is due to the V-4 is rotated 42 degrees rearward in order to achieve a longitudinal compactness. This will be a major virtue in a bike that will be able to mix a compact wheelbase with perfectly balanced weight distribution.

Ducati’s unique firing sequence

These factors that were hard to put together with the traditional Ducati V-twins.

Another first for a Ducati factory bike, using the same bore as the  GP engine means both power units share nearly identical in-engine fluid dynamics (i.e. on valves, intake ducts and throttle bodies, right where the power is produced).

The new engine has been designed around the “Desmodromic system, a key characteristic that helps make Ducati the fastest in MotoGP. With this high-revving engine achieves a degree of sophistication, lightness, and compactness never before seen on a Ducati.

This package of cutting-edge technology ensures an engine like no other in the motorcycle world.

We will endeavour to obtain photos of this new machine as soon as they are available and bring them to you – stay tuned.