From engine to tech features: Everything about Ducati Panigale V4
The "Panigale" is a category of motorcycles manufactured by Italian automaker Ducati since 2011. The premium line-up is known for its cutting-edge electronic features, aggressive design, and brutal power. And as the latest flag-bearer, the 214-horsepower Panigale V4 is no exception when it comes to packing game-changing mechanics. Here, we take a closer look at Ducati's beast on two-wheels, the Panigale V4.
All traditional Panigales have been known for their stiff monocoque frame. However, for the V4, Ducati wanted something more flexible and came up with a new 'front frame' design concept wherein a semi-beam frame structure is mounted to the front of the engine. And to achieve a low kerb weight, the company adopted shell-cast aluminum swingarms as well as magnesium sub-frames for housing lights.
On the Panigale V4, Ducati has for the first time used a V4 engine on a series production model. However, more than any mechanical gain, the main reason for favoring V4 unit was because it offered better packaging options (than the V-twins) and improved balancing. The Desmosedici Stradale 1,103cc engine, which shares its underpinnings with the MotoGP model, produces 214hp and 124Nm of torque.
For handling suspension duties, the Panigale V4 uses a Showa Big Piston Fork on the front and a Sachs-made rear shock. As for braking needs, the bike gets Brembo's Stylema callipers with twin 330mm discs on the front and a single 245mm disc with a two-piston calliper on the back. Then, you have Marchesini forged aluminum wheels and Pirelli's flagship Supercorsa tires.
The Panigale V4 packs a bunch of electronic controls and assists that are provided by a six-axis IMU (inertial measurement unit) which measures the bike's pitch, yaw, and roll angles. There is an 8-level traction control mechanism, a 3-level Bosch Cornering ABS, a wheelie control system, Quick Shift assist, electronic suspension adjustment, and more. The bike also offers well-calibrated Street, Sport, and Race modes.