The Panigale V4 did not hesitate to shake up the world of the Ducatists. A 4 cylinder, it was almost inconceivable. Except in a prototype for MotoGP, in order to seek victories and titles. But in series. What a challenge! Something to stifle fans and detractors.
A strong design was needed, while ensuring the junction with the V2 dynasty. The silhouette of the Panigale V4 is successful. A certain lack of daring, however, which is offset by an attractive technicality. And, as usual, the Superbike does not arrive on stage on its own. An S version, better equipped and even more exciting, comes to support him in his favorite activities: temptation and high experience sport.
From the outset, the Panigale V4 S sublime with its exquisite legs. The golden color grabs the eye as long as the pituitary gland, especially when you know the quality of the elements Öhlins. The ground liaison job will be most efficient with a leading team: NIX 30 inverted fork, TTX36 shock absorber, and electronic control via the Smart EC 2.0 system..
Everyone has the choice: adjust the suspensions themselves via the on-board computer, or let the electronics adapt in real time. In the first case, the compression and rebound as well as the force of the steering damper are refined by ‘virtual clicks’ – 32 in number for the suspension and 10 for the steering..
In dynamic mode, the processors take over. Informed by the 6-axis inertial unit and other sensors, the system automatically adapts the damping according to the road and the driving while taking into account the chosen Driving Mode. Caviar for a diva.
Not modification of the engine side. The V4 already provides something to run with the vigor of sick. Its 1103 cm3 prevent it from competing (there will be an R for that) but send 214 horses and a big 12.7 mkg. On the other hand, it has less mass to lift. The Panigale V4 S is reduced by 3 kilos from the standard, for a total of 195. A gain obtained thanks to the Lithium-Ion battery and Marchesini forged aluminum rims.
No change in the technical side and on-board assistance – except the Smart EC Öhlins already described. No need, the machine is already armored with everything Ducati can do. The Panigale V4 benefit from a completely new perimeter type frame with a strong pressure on the engine. Braking is provided by the latest generation of Brembo calipers, Stylemas even more efficient than the M50s. As for the general dynamics, it is under the control of the pilot, assisted by many lieutenants. They are numerous and active. The assist at the stopped start, the active ABS in curves, the new slip control, and the evolutions of the other modules which are the traction control, the up / down shifter, the anti-wheeling, and the brake control engine. The Riding Modes oversee all of this as follows:
Race – As the name suggests, the Riding Mode Race was developed for experienced riders who want to make the most of the full potential of the V4 Panigale on the track. By selecting Race, the rider can count on 214 hp, with direct throttle response and harder suspension tuning for high performance. This racing mode implies by default a low intervention of electronic assistance, without compromising safety, with the ABS intervening only on the front wheel to offer maximum braking, but with the Cornering function still active..
Sport – By selecting Sport mode, 214 horsepower is sportingly delivered, as is damping. The electronic controls are adjusted so that pilots are a little less sharp while maintaining efficiency and spectacular driving. For example, the drift control during braking is active, which allows the rear wheel to slip when cornering in safety. Rear wheel lift control is active and ABS cornering is configured to provide maximum cornering performance.
Street – Street mode is best suited for the road of the Panigale V4. The throttle response is more gradual for the 214 horsepower. The suspensions are softer and more able to absorb bumps. The default setting of the electronic controls ensures maximum safety, ensuring the best grip and maximum stability.
The S versions have long magnified Ducati sports cars. With this new generation, this new history, this new identity, sport takes a whole new turn. For those who want to take their devotion to this Superbike up a notch, the brand offers the Speciale version; ready to trace everything that rolls.
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1299 Panigale S 2017
Model marketed in
medium: 6.90 l
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1100 Panigale V4 S 2018
- Tank: 16 liters
- Wheelbase: 1469 mm
- Dry weight: 174 kg
- Weight in running order: 195 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(81 x 53.5 mm)
at 13,000 rpm
at 10,000 rpm