For 10 years, with each new generation of sports car, Ducati has offered a top version of the newborn. The Panigale V4 honors this tradition, after the 1199 Panigale S Tricolore and 1098 S Tricolore. Clearly identifiable with their patriotic attachment illustrated by a decoration in Italian colors, these special series claim a high pedigree and a sportiness of choice..
By its engine already. A 4-cylinder in V, while all the generations that preceded it roared under the blows of a twin. A block to take Ducati to another dimension. And the pilot in jubilant or frightening orbiting. Advertised for 214 hp in this 1103 cc configuration, the "Desmosedici Stradale" wants to unravel everything that moves with the Panigale V4 Spéciale. It will be delivered with an exhaust line entirely in titanium, which will allow it to develop the power of … 226 horsepower. And there are only 195 kilos to tow. It’s not laughing at all, and it will take a hell of a dose of technique and composure to manage a cavalry like this..
Fortunately, Ducati is one of the brands that has the most electronic safeguards in its machines. The engine will thus see its ardor curbed by the improved versions of traction control (DTC Evo), anti-wheeling, (DWC Evo), shifter Up&Down (DQS Evo) and engine brake control (EBC Evo). To complete the deal, there is the stopped start assistant (DPL) and the anti-lock brakes active in bends (ABS Cornering Bosch EVO). The Panigale V4 inaugurate a new member, the Ducati Slide Control (DSC), to control the glide on the angle according to the information sent by the IMU inertial unit. All this electronics is supervised by three driving modes – Race, Sport and Street – each calibrating the settings more or less sportingly, with also the management of the suspensions.
La Speciale adds an element, the DLT GPS, which comes in addition to the DDA + GPS. It allows the lap time, the best lap and the maximum speed to be stored and viewed on the instrument panel for a total of 15 consecutive laps. We will take the opportunity to pay even more attention to the high-resolution TFT screen.
The Panigale V4 S and Speciale snatch up the high end for their damping. Öhlins always answers the call, with a 43mm diameter NIX30 inverted fork and TTX36 shock. These elements are controlled in real time by the Smart EC 2.0 system, which is more efficient and faster than that of the 1299 Panigale S, in order to adapt the links to the ground continuously. The wheels are not forgotten by opting for forged aluminum Marchesini, hence a good part of the weight saving.
Because the Speciale weighs 3 kilos less than the Panigale V4. Another part of the weight saved comes from the Lithium-Ion battery and special parts. Here we find adjustable footrests, an alcantara saddle, racing levers, brake lever protection, an authentication plate and some carbon parts: mudguards, heel protector and swingarm cover. But not the fairing … Quid!?! It’s very mean, especially considering the price; and when you think of most Ducati Superbikes "premium" were dressed in this kind of light dress.
Even the kit "track" will have trouble getting the pill through, although it is provided: Ducati Performance titanium line by Akrapovic, racing screen and tank cap, kit to replace the license plate holder, covers for the locations of the mirrors, and a cover for cover the beautiful.
The rest of the bike is identical to the standard version, which is already high caliber. With its large perimeter aluminum frame, its huge single-sided swingarm, its Brembo M4.30 Stylema brake calipers (stiffer and lighter than the M50s), its line cut in speed and its panther look.
It is promised to 1500 copies, and will have no trouble finding suitors. We don’t want to talk about performance, or reason, or passion. And even less exception. We’re just gonna fantasize, and hear the coming storm.
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1100 Panigale V4 SPECIALE 2018
Model marketed in
medium: 6.90 l
about 300 km / h
The technical aspect
Ducati 1100 Panigale V4 SPECIALE 2019
- 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 8,750 rpm