In the 9th and final episode of Ducati’s 2022 World Premiere series, the Borgo Panigale-based manufacturer has unveiled their top-of-the-range supersport model: the Panigale V4 SP2.
Track-ready Panigale V4
According to Ducati, the Panigale V4 SP2 is the most advanced and track-ready in the Panigale family of supersport models. The SP in its badge stands for “Sport Production”, and combines all the improvements made by Ducati engineers on the 2022 Panigale V4 to create the most high-performing Panigale ever.
The SP2 version has an even more powerful braking system, lightweight carbon rims, final drive and dry clutch inherited from the WorldSBK bikes, racing footpegs, and a series of carbon components.
The bike is also delivered with a kit for track use, which includes billet aluminum caps for the removal of rear-view mirrors, a kit for removing the license plate holder, and an open carbon clutch cover.
The result is “The Ultimate Racetrack Machine”: a special model, ideal for the non-professional rider who wishes to experience track days challenging his own records.
Additionally, the Panigale V4 SP2 is characterized by the Winter Test livery, in which the matte black of the fairings is combined with the matte carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasting with the bright red accents and the brilliance of the exposed brushed aluminum tank.
The wings with double profile design are embellished with the Italian flag which also appears on the official Panigale V4 R SBK race bike. The lower part of the fairing is distinguished by the presence of the Ducati Corse logo in the area of the new hot air extractors and by a red detail bearing the name of the bike, also present on the black saddle in double material. The steering head is machined from solid and shows the progressive number of the motorcycle, making each model unique.
1,103cc of pure muscle
At the heart of the Panigale V4 SP2 is the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine derived from MotoGP: a V4 with counter-rotating crankshaft equipped with a lot of torque from low revs and capable of expressing the racing soul of the bike on the track. For 2022, the Desmosedici Stradale has improved with the introduction of dedicated technical elements, which have made it possible to increase power and improve throttle response.
Thanks to these interventions and new dedicated mapping, the Euro 5 version engine delivers 217 Ps at 13,000 rpm, with a power increase of 1.5 hp over the Panigale V4 2021, which rises to 2.5 hp beyond the maximum power peak at 14,500 rpm.
To capitalize on the full potential of this engine, dedicated gear-by-gear torque curves and four different Power Modes (Full, High, Medium, Low) have been developed by Ducati. The Full and Low configurations are newly developed, while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy.
When used on the track, the performance of the Desmosedici Stradale can be further improved with the new full titanium Ducati Performance racing exhaust, developed in collaboration with Akrapovič and available as an accessory.
With this exhaust, the Panigale V4 SP2 is lightened by 5 kg thus taking the dry weight of the motorcycle to only 168 kg. The Akrapovič exhaust also guarantees an increase in power of 14.5 Ps, bringing the maximum value to 230 Ps, while the maximum torque value rises to 131 Nm.
The new Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 is available in a single-seater configuration in Winter Test livery starting from March 2022-onwards. PH availability and pricing are yet to be announced.