2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R | First Look Review

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R
The all-new 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R is a street-legal, 221-horsepower, World Superbike-spec dream machine.

Looking for a street-legal World Superbike? Ducati’s all-new Panigale V4 R may be your ticket to ride.

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The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R provides the technical platform for the official Ducati Superbikes that will compete in the 2019 WSBK season. It combines the essence of the Panigale V4 S with changes requested by Ducati Corse to make it race-competitive. The 1,103cc 90-degree V4 engine has been replaced with the 998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 R, bringing it within the displacement limits established by WSBK championship rules. The bike features a modified front frame, a new fairing incorporating wings elements of MotoGP origin, race-caliber Öhlins suspension with mechanical adjustment and an aluminum swingarm with an adjustable four-position pin. Electronic controls borrowed from the Panigale V4 S have revised threshold levels to make them more compatible with pro rider requirements.

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R wheel
Every component on the Ducati Panigale V4 R is top-shelf: Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, Marchesini wheels, Pirelli tires and much more.

Unlike the 1,103cc V4, designed to provide fluid power delivery and excellent low-rev pulling power for optimal road use, the 998cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 R version offers more extreme performance with the track in mind. The V4 R features lighter internal components and greater air intake efficiency for faster engine rev-up and a higher redline. Claimed output is 221 horsepower at 15,250 rpm and 83 lb-ft of torque in a 379-pound machine (claimed dry weight).

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R
The Ducati Panigale V4 R has MotoGP-inspired carbon fiber winglets to enhance stability.

In addition to racing-inspired livery, the Panigale V4 R features an eye-catching aerodynamics package requested by Ducati Corse, including a windscreen screen, nose fairing and side fairings to reduce drag as well as specially shaped air vents to keep things cool during intense racing use. GP16-derived carbon fiber wings augment stability at all times, reducing electronic control intervention and boosting rider confidence.

2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R
The shapely Ducati Panigale V4 R features a brushed aluminum fuel tank and a dead-sexy tail section.

Features of the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R:

  • Color: Ducati Red “R” livery with aluminum tank
  • 90-degree Desmosedici Stradale V4, R version, 998cc, 221 hp at 15,250 rpm
  • Forged steel crankshaft with reduced stroke
  • Molded aluminum pistons with single compression ring plus oil ring
  • Titanium con rods
  • Titanium intake valves
  • Oval throttle bodies (Ø 56 mm equivalent) and aerodynamic throttle openings
  • Dedicated variable-height air intake horns
  • Exhaust manifolds of optimized length
  • Cylinder heads with larger intake ducts
  • High-permeability Sprintfilter P08 air filter
  • Lightened, optimized-stiffness aluminum alloy front frame
  • Pressurized Öhlins NPX 25-30 forks with manual adjustment
  • Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber with manual adjustment
  • Öhlins steering damper with manual adjustment
  • Single-sided aluminum swingarm with adjustable pivot height (4 positions)
  • Total Black Marchesini forged aluminum wheels
  • Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (rear 200/60)
  • Braking system with Brembo Stylema Monobloc calipers
  • Aero Pack with carbon fiber wings
  • 16-litre aluminum fuel tank with racing lay-out
  • Carbon fibre front mudguard
  • Carbon fiber rear manifold heat guard
  • Dedicated seat
  • 15/42 final transmission with 520 chain
  • Full-TFT 5-inch screen
  • Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street)
  • Electronics package with 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) including: ABS Cornering Bosch Evo; Ducati Traction Control (DTC) Evo; Ducati Slide Control (DSC); Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) Evo; Ducati Power Launch (DPL); Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Evo; Engine Brake Control (EBC) Evo
  • Pit Limiter
  • Lap Timer Evo
  • Keys for fast selection of controls
  • Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)
  • Full-LED headlight with DRL
  • Single-seater configuration
  • Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA+) with GPS module
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Supplied: aluminum mirror hole covers, plate holder removal kit

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2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R
State-of-the-art electronics are standard equipment on the Ducati Panigale V4 R.

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