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Bestial! Ducati Panigale V4 R: 221 hp, ailerons and all the technology to overthrow the Kawasaki-Rea duo
Bestial! Ducati Panigale V4 R: 221 hp, ailerons and all the technology to overthrow the Kawasaki-Rea duo

It's here! Borgo Panigale's ultimate weapon to attack the Superbike segment has arrived. Is the Ducati Panigale V4 R, a beast ready to destroy roads or circuits, is indifferent to him, although preferably on the circuit.

This creation that arrives from Bologna is neither more nor less than the street-approved racing version of the Ducati Panigale V4, the motorcycle with which Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies They will try to beat Jonathan Rea in the World Superbike Championship.

Ducati Panigale V4 R: All the meat on the grill

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Ducati Panigale V4 R 2019 060

From the outside it seems that there are not too many changes, but the Ducati Panigale V4 R debuts a new aerodynamic fairing developed at the Ducati Style Center in collaboration with the official Superbike team. Through computational simulation of fluid dynamics, an aerodynamic package has been created with a new taller Plexiglas dome and larger side fairings, a redesign of the side hot air extractors and some new aerodynamic appendages.


Yes, indeed the Ducati Panigale V4 R in the end has lived up to the rumors that spoke about whether it would use aerodynamic appendages. Specifically, the V4 R uses elements inspired by those of the Ducati Desmosedici GP16, before the regulation limited its forms, being able to use more effective wings even than the elements used by current MotoGP. They are capable of providing 30 kg of load at 270 km / h.

The engine is a completely new creation called the Desmosedici Stradale R, a 90º vee four cylinder with a displacement of 998cc with technology inherited from MotoGP. Its figures are huge going even further than the Panigale V4 with a power of 221 hp at 15,250 revolutions and 112 Nm at 11,500 rpm.

The internal dimensions have been modified keeping the diameter of 81 mm but shortening the stroke to 48.4 mm. The compression ratio is tighter than the nuts of a submarine with 14: 1, the same as in the dry V4, but it gains 7 more CV and can go up to, breathe, 234 hp with Ducati Performance exhaust of Akrapovič.

The character is specifically geared towards racing including changes to the higher profile intake camshafts, forged aluminum pistons, titalinium half cone valves, new intake ports and a 1,100 gr lighter counter-rotating crankshaft that allow the thruster to rotate even faster.

With the Ducati Performance Akrapovic titanium exhaust and removing mirrors and license plate holders, the Ducati Panigale V4 R stays at an astonishing 234 hp for 165 kg dry.

Numerous internal parts have been modified to be even lighter while maintaining reliability, while the firing order of the four cylinders has been arranged at 0 °, 90 °, 290 ° and 380 °, a big-bang just like the one. used in MotoGP Desmosedici.

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At the level of the cycle part, a even more radical set. The front subframe It is now machined, painted black and reduces its weight in addition to including a swingarm pivot at the rear, adjustable in four positions with variations of 2 mm.

The suspensions do not use semi-active damping to use racing components with a Öhlins NPX25-30 43mm pressurized fork with 600 grams lighter anti-friction treatment and a rear monoshock Öhlins TTX36. The rims are now made of Marchesini forged aluminum, the same as those of the official Superbike team.

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If in the Ducati Panigale V4 the electronic equipment It was already huge, in the V4 R it goes even further. The six-axis IMU inertial measurement platform continues to work its magic and includes a complete package with Cornering ABS Evo, Ducati Traction Control EVO, Ducati Slide Control EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch, Evo engine brake control and transmission. bi-directional semi-automatic.

Also includes a new programming for the Street, Sport and Race driving modes with the same 221 CV but with different electronic regulations, speed limiter in pit lane, stopwatch with integrated GPS, telemetry and multimedia system. The 5 "digital dashboard is the same as the Panigale V4.

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Ducati Panigale V4 R 2019 079

With all this arsenal the final weight is 3 kg lighter than a Ducati Panigale V4, leaving the scale at 172 kg dry and 193 kg in running order. A jewel approved for road riding, a motorcycle without concessions whose sole purpose is to destroy the chronometer on the track.

Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse

Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse 2019
Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse 2019

Together with the Panigale V4 R, the guys from Borgo Panigale have also presented a special version. It's about the Ducati Panigale V4 S Corse, a variation inspired by the motorcycle with which Michele Pirro won the Race of Champions that was raced at World Ducati Week.

This bike incorporates the specific livery in red, white and gray with some blue details, while the mechanical part is identical to the Ducati Panigale V4 S with the four-cylinder vee engine, 214 hp and 124 Nm of torque.

Ducati Panigale V4 R 2019 - Technical sheet

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