Upon discovering the Panigale V4-R, one thing lifts between heart and spine: the storm. Ducati has just turned the concept of hypersport into mechanical madness. Only one definition appears at this moment, that of Mark Renton in Trainspotting: "Remember the best orgasm you have ever had, multiply it by 1000, and you are still far from the truth".
In Bologna, revenge on the Superbike has just found the weapon to strike. Tired of seeing this championship escape him, tired of seeing green supplanting red. Almost an insult as the brand has dominated for ages. The V4 R dares to go further than anything on the market. Its engine attests it, illustrates it, magnifies it.
Above all, go back below 1000 cm3, as required by SBK regulations. The standard V4 and S have allowed themselves an extra with 1,103 cm3, just to offer big torque and plenty of availability for use "civil". The V4-R’s 90 ° V-4 is positioned at 998cc with a host of technical optimizations. Before we get there, let’s understand the staggering number of cannons he can take out. Be careful, it will hurt !
221 horses. 221 !!! Crazy power. The pilots stoked with always more power will be satisfied. And for those who manage to unplug all the fuses in the skull, the Akrapovic titanium exhaust line graft shakes the cursor in the air.‘irreversible alienation. The Italian block then admitted 234 horses. The weight, reduced by 3 kilos from the standard model, still switches from 172 to 165.5 kilos with the Slovenian parts installed. Mind-blowing! Scary! Crazy !
One could use a whole panoply of superlatives that could not translate the feeling of power which emanates the most extreme of the Panigales. To get out so many watts, we had to work, optimize, seek the slightest possible improvement. Until pushing the engine in breathtaking revs. Its 221 nags, the V4 R will seek them at 15,500 rpm, when the majority of competition engines take their maximum power around 13 / 13,500 rpm. That’s not all, the breaker intervenes at 16,000 revolutions or even 16,500 in sixth. Staggering rotation speeds for this displacement, normally reserved for 600 Supersports. Mass is said for its rivals: to find something to answer, they will have to find a way to strongly shift the red zone.
On the other hand, do not expect to find the same availability as the block of the other V4s; it will have the character of a racing engine, with especially high-revving response.
Do not try to breathe, regain your footing, take it in; the Panigale V4 R will not give you the time. To make their 4-cylinder V-shaped so much rush, the Italian engine manufacturers started from the same base and then we made significant changes. First step, lower the piston stroke from 53.5 mm to 48.4 mm in order to obtain a displacement of 998 cm3. Then, its titanium connecting rods are lighter by 100 gr each, the aluminum pistons have only two segments and ribbed walls for more rigidity and resistance while gaining mass, the profiles of the cams of the ACTs are more nasty, larger intake ducts, vilo is lighter by 1100 gr, the diameter of the injection bodies increases by 4 mm (56 mm), the oil pump has been revised and the alternator loses weight. also (100 gr).
The Panigale V4 R seems to be able to compete with a fighter plane. Besides, like him, she has wings. Or rather Winglets, inspired by those of the Desmosedici GP16. A direct transfer from MotoGP, as you can see on the very latest Aprilia RSV4s. These small carbon appendages provide 30 kg support at 270 km / on the front of the machine, which increases the stability of the front axle at high speed and during braking phases..
Aerodynamic studies gave birth to these petals of a new kind, and several refinements exclusive to the R. Especially for the rider: with a larger screen, an extended fork crown of 30 mm and wider side panels of 38 mm on each side, the protection is both more effective and allowing better penetration into the air by eliminating the pilot.
You have noticed that the sides of the fairing have gained large openings. Not for the style but to cool the mechanics. With watts to twist a rim, the calories will soar. The orïThese allow 16% heat to be evacuated in addition to the oil cooler and 6% on the float side.
The beautiful pistarde has not forgotten to be refined with carbon parts, a sublime brushed aluminum tank and a saddle stitched with her name
The chassis also complies with a performance boost. To this end, the framework of this Panigale has been revised. Its aluminum structure strongly resembles that of the other versions (normal, S, Speciale, Corse) but it is lightened and stiffened in its front part. The swing arm has an adjustable anchor point in 4 positions. Let’s see the suspensions. Of Öhlins, essential. Except that if the S version embeds semi-active elements, the R wants classic settings, with good old tools. It’s lighter, and since the bike will spend most of its time on the track, it doesn’t need a system that constantly corrects the road defects..
On the V4 R are installed a superb and new pressurized inverted fork NPX 25/30. It is 600 gr lighter than that of the S, contains a damping system derived from that of the SBK, adjusts its compression to the left tube (containing a 25 mm piston) and the rebound to the right tube (where a piston works. 30 mm). The rear shock is a TTX36 and the steering has its own shock absorber as always..
The pilots will discover with joy a weapon of a new caliber; conversely, the tires will understand their pain. They are fitted on Marchesini forged aluminum rims. The brakes, ready to attack, are the Stylema of Brembo, even more effective than the M50.
Rest assured, you won’t have to channel the monstrous V4 on your own. A very strong electronic assistance takes care, on several levels and according to the bridle that you will configure. Will greatly work the DTC Evo traction control, the DSC slip control, the DWC Evo anti-wheeling, the DBC Evo engine brake control, the Up shifter&Down, the start assistant stopped DPL and ABS Evo Cornering. DTC, DWC and ABS are coupled with a 6-axis inertial measurement unit for more efficiency. The assistances have all been recalibrated in relation to the superior power and the very racing orientation of this Panigale.
That’s not all, far from it. The V4 R is also equipped with a stand limiter, a lap timer with GPS, DDA + GPS data analysis, color TFT instrumentation … and as an option can be equipped with the Ducati multimedia system DMS to manage telephone functions. Not sure that the pilot is really willing to make phone calls in a large curve negotiated at 200 per hour…
Finally, three driving modes are available to burn the rhythm according to the desire. The "Road", with the assistances present and a smooth engine response, if we can put it that way – "Sport", with more valiant engine responsiveness and less electronics – "Race", for high-level pilots, benefiting from a direct engine response, minimum assistance present and active ABS only on the front.
In each case, no decrease in power. 221 hp for everyone.
With the Panigale V4 R, Ducati sets the Superbike standards of the future. His demonic engine leads the way in setting new power goals. This bike has just splashed all the current sports production, and stunned as well as intoxicated the majority of pilots of all stripes.
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Panigale R 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 7.30 l
300 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1000 Panigale V4 R 2019
- Tank: 16 liters
- Wheelbase: 1471 mm
- Dry weight: 172 kg
- Weight in running order: 193 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(81 x 48.4 mm)
at 15,250 rpm
at 11,500 rpm