The Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype and various spy photos didn’t prepare us for the aggressive stance of the new model that looks ready for a street brawl.
It will be available from March 2020 in a “base model” at €19,990 (about $32,500) and a V4 S version at €22,990 (about $A37,500). Aussie prices may vary.
Ready to brawl
The Streetfighter V4 and V4S were coincidentally unveiled on the same day as Kawasaki unveiled their naked Z H2 with 147.1kW of power setting a a streetfighter brawl.
Ducati’s Steetfighter is only slightly detuned from the Panigale V4’s 211 (157kW) to 208hp (155kW). And at 201kg it’s a whole 38kg lighter than the porky Kwaka.
To control all that power and keep the front wheel on the ground, it has an aero package that creates 28kg of downforce at 270km/h.
The aggressive street brawl design is highlighted by two sets of wings on either side of the bike.
Here is the Ducati press release and tech specs:
The foundation of the Steetfighter V4 is a Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings and equipped with high, wide handlebars. Weighing 178 kg, it is powered by a 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, its 208 hp kept under control by biplane aerofoils and a latest-generation electronics package: a combination of factors and modifications that Ducati calls the “Fight Formula”. The result is an over-the-top naked Ducati, modern and technological, with an assertively eye-catching design. A bike that does nothing to hide its segment-leading performance, but which also ensures practicality and full-on fun during everyday rides.
The minimalist full-LED headlight with its V-shaped DRL captures the spirit of the Streetfighter V4 perfectly. On the one hand, it recalls the front of the Panigale V4 and, on the other, evokes the crazy grin of the Joker (the comic strip character from which the Ducati Style Center drew inspiration for this new Bologna-built naked).
On the Streetfighter V4, the Front Frame and Desmosedici Stradale engine take centre-stage. Only partially screened by superstructures that have been cut to a bare minimum, their sharp lines create a clean, essential whole.
Such powerful design demands a powerful engine, and the 1103 cc 208 hp Desmosedici Stradale fits the bill: for a naked, it packs an impressive punch, yet dedicated engine mapping lets the rider control the power with confidence. The engine – combined with a kerb weight of 178 kg (“S” version) – boosts the power/weight ratio to an impressive 1.17. Performance can be further improved by mounting the full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovič, which raises power to 220 hp and reduces weight by 6 kg.
The feisty performance of this bike is stabilised by sophisticated electronics lifted directly from the Panigale V4 and the ‘biplane’ aerofoils developed by Ducati Corse aerodynamicists. Brought forward to maximise their effect, the aerofoils generate 28 kg of downforce at 270 kph, attenuating front wheel ‘floating’ at high speed and the tendency to wheel-up. They also boost stability during braking at the turn-in point and through the corner. On the road, this dynamic behaviour instils confidence. On the track, instead, it boosts performance by limiting electronic control intervention and allowing delayed braking.
The latest-generation electronics package on the Streetfighter V4 is based on a 6-axis inertial measurement platform which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles. The electronics oversee every part of the ride: some controls manage start, acceleration and braking, others handle traction, while some lend a helping hand on corners and out-of-the-corner stretches. Safety, performance, and bags of personality: the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 has arrived!
Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S
|Streetfighter V4||Streetfighter V4 S|
|Engine||Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled||Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled|
|Displacement||1,103 cc||1,103 cc|
|Bore X stroke||81 x 53.5 mm||81 x 53.5 mm|
|Power||153 kW (208 hp) @ 12,750 rpm||153 kW (208 hp) @ 12,750 rpm|
|Torque||123 Nm (90.4 lb-ft) @ 11,500 rpm||123 Nm (90.4 lb-ft) @ 11,500 rpm|
|Fuel injection||Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.||Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.|
|Exhaust||4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes||4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes|
|Gearbox||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2||6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2|
|Primary drive||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1||Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1|
|Ratio||1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24||1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24|
|Final drive||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42||Chain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42|
|Clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch||Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch|
|Frame||Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”||Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes||Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode|
|Front wheel||5-spokes light alloy 3.50″ x 17″||3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50″ x 17″|
|Front tyre||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 120/70 ZR17||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminium single-sided swingarm|
|Rear Wheel||5-spokes light alloy 6.00” x 17”||3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00″ x 17″|
|Rear tyre||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 200/60 ZR17||Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II 200/60 ZR17|
|Wheel travel (front/rear)||120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)||120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)|
|Front brake||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Cornering ABS EVO||2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston callipers with Cornering ABS EVO|
|Rear brake||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS EVO||245 mm disc, 2-piston calliper with Cornering ABS EVO|
|Instrumentation||Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display||Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT colour display|
|Dimensions and weights|
|Dry weight||180 kg (397 lb)||178 kg (392 lb)|
|Kerb weight*||201 kg (443 lb)||199 kg (439 lb)|
|Seat height||845 mm (33.3 in)||845 mm (33.3 in)|
|Wheelbase||1.488 mm (58.6 in)||1.488 mm (58.6 in)|
|Front wheel trail||100 mm (4 in)||100 mm (4 in)|
|Fuel tank capacity||16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)||16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)|
|Number of seats||Dual seats||Dual seats|
|Safety equipment||Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration||Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration|
|Standard equipment||Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators, Passenger seat and footpegs. Ducati Multimedia System (DMS).||Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators, Passenger seat and footpegs, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). Marchesini aluminium forged wheels|
|Ready for||Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati LinkApp, anti-theft, heating grips, Ducati Lap Timer GPS (DLT GPS)||Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati LinkApp, anti-theft, heating grips, Ducati Lap Timer GPS (DLT GPS)|
|Warranty (months)||24 months unlimited mileage||24 months unlimited mileage|
|Maintenance (km/months)||12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months||12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months|
|Valve clearance adjustment (km)||24,000 km (15,000 mi)||24,000 km (15,000 mi)|
|Consumption and Emissions (only for countries where Euro 4 standard applies)|
|Standard||Euro 4||Euro 4|
|*Kerb weights indicate total bike weight with all operating consumable liquids and a fuel tank filled to 90% of capacity (as per EU Regulation 44/2014 Annex XI).|