The highly anticipated Ducati Panigale V4 has been unveiled in Milan. The beautiful Italian superbike marks the first departure by Ducati from its 90° v-twin superbike powerplant, and ushers in a new era for the company.
The first Panigale V4 engine is too large to be legal for superbike racing. Displacing 1,103cc, it will be followed next year by a 999cc version that will homologate for racing. With a claimed 214 horsepower, the new V4 will pack a serious punch, and continues the 90° v configuration of the old twin. With a counter-rotating crank shaft, the new V4 helps increase the maneuverability of the bike.
The new engine is a stressed member of the frame, helping to reduce weight (the S version, for example, weighs a claimed 429 pounds).
Of course, very sophisticated electronic and computer aids are part of the package, including a new six-axis Bosch inertial platform.