The updated V4 is now lighter and has upgraded aerodynamics with a wider side fairing, wider front fairing, racing screen and winglets.
The result is 30kg of downforce at 270km/h on the front wheel to reduce wheelie tendency and improve high-speed stability.
Ducati Australia should have the bikes early next year with pricing announced closer to the date. Current Panigale V4 prices are:
Panigale V4 $ 31,390
Panigale V4 S $ 39,990
Panigale V4 Speciale ALU $ 63,190
Panigale V4 Speciale MAG $ 68,190
Panigale V4 S GP $ 42,790
Panigale V4 R $ 63,190
The Panigale V4 is equipped with a fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) and a fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber, one side of which is attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine via a forged aluminium bracket.
The Panigale V4 S, instead, mounts an Öhlins NIX-30 fork, an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and an Öhlins event-based steering damper. On this version suspension and steering damper are controlled by the second-generation Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system which, among other things, features the new OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface).
On both versions, fork rear shock has softer and more pre-loaded springs, resulting in more efficient use of suspension travel to even out pits and ripples on the asphalt. The combination of reduced spring rate and higher pre-loading gives better dive control during braking, resulting in easier, more intuitive turn-ins, especially for the less expert rider.
The softer changes were apparently made in response to “feedback/data numbers from customers all over the world”.
The Panigale V4 now has more components from the V4 R such as the aero pack (aerofoils, Plexiglas screen, nose fairing and larger lateral fairings, more efficient side vents for radiator through-air).
The front frame has modified stiffness to :give better front-end ‘feel’ at extreme lean angles”.
Thanks to a new ‘predictive’ control strategy, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2 significantly improves out-of-the-corner power control; Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, instead, shortens up-shift times, allowing sportier high-rev gear shifts (over 10,000 rpm) and boosting shift stability during aggressive acceleration and cornering.
The bike also features specially-developed Ride by Wire system mappings with several different torque delivery control logics.
Powering the Panigale V4 is the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale: a MotoGP-derived 90° V4 with Desmodromic timing, with a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order.
The engine can deliver 21hp at 13,000rpm and 12.6Kgm of torque at 10,000rpm.