Ducati tease Pikes Peak V4 streetfighter

Ducati has issued a teaser video of what is expected to be a naked version of its V4 Panigale to tackle the annual pikes Peak Hill Hillclimb.

The video below doesn’t reveal much, but says “more to come” on June 13, which is a couple of weeks before the famous Colorado hillclimb.

Pikes Peak edition

Ducati has won the prestigious international hillclimb on several occasions and has subsequently released several Multistrada Pikes Peak editions.

So we expect the same this time with a new production model.

A couple of weeks ago, Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine released spy photos of a naked V4 being track tested.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The blurry images showed the V4 headlight, bellypan like an Aprilia Tuono and street fighter bars rather than clip-ons.

It should be noted that the Pikes Peak Hillclimb on June 30 2019 does not allow bikes with clip-ons.

Ducati wouldn’t go to so much effort to produce a bike just for one race, so we believe a production version will be unveiled on June 13.

The other clue of an impending production model is what looks like a number plate holder on the back of the bike in this photo.

Ducati naked V4
Image: Drop Dead Gorgeous magazine

The Pikes Peak racer is bound to harness the full might of the 213 horsepower (158kW) 1103cc V4 engine and maybe even more!

However, the street version may be a little tamer, although probably still more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

After all, the Italian companies are quite competitive on and off the track.

Naked V4

There has been a lot of talk about a naked version of its V4 Panigale for some time.

In February, Italian design company Officine GP Design unveiled a custom V4 Penta.

Ducati V4 Penta naked PIkes peak
Ducati V4 Penta

However, don’t expect that girder-style fork on the production model!

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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