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.
Panigale V4: Chassis and design
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.
Under the hood: Engine
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.
From suspension to brakes and tires
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.