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Watch Ducati Streetfighter V4 in action

Ducati has released this video of the new Streetfighter V4 in action before it competes in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on June 30.

Carlin Dunne will pilot the prototype up Pikes Peak with the production model to follow next year.

Ducati last week confirmed it will produce the naked version of the Panigale V4 from March 2020.

The Italian manufacturer says that “as part of the development process of the new model, the ‘Race to the Clouds’ has been identified as an ideal proving ground for testing the high performance of the Streetfighter V4”.

Carlin and Ducatisti will be hoping they have this model sorted out as the Panigale V4 was recalled four times in its first year of production.

It has now been recalled a fifth time in the US, again for fuel leaks.

In one incident, it was recalled for a possible fire from a fuel leak after a Canadian rider’s V4 caught fire.

Ducati Panigale V4 catches fire Canada safety recall safety recalls
V4 catches fire in Canada

The company has won the Colorado hillclimb three times in 2011 and 2011 with the Multistrada 1200 and last year with the Multistrada 1260.

They celebrated with Pikes Peak versions of these models.

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak 1262cc
Ducati Multistrada 1200 Pikes Peak

Ducati says the Streetfighter V4 “derives directly from the sporty Panigale V4 stripped of its fairings, and fitted with high and wide handlebars”.

One of the prerequisites for motorcycles in the hillclimb is that they do not have clip-on handlebars.

Streetfighter V4Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

It’s been no secret that Ducati has been working on a Streetfighter V4, but they still have some secrets.

While Ducati has not released any tech specs on the prototype, the race-trim engine is expected to have more power than the Panigale V4’s 213 horsepower (158kW).

“The high performance of the 1100cm³ Desmosedici Stradale is kept in hand by aerodynamic profiles specifically designed for this model,” Ducati says.

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

2019 Ducati range Panigale V4 R fourth recall
Panigale V4 R

“The prototype will race with a ‘pixelated’ livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati; unlike the normal practice with prototypes, the livery does not hide the lines, but exalts them by deliberately revealing how the bike will finally look, “Ducati says.

There is not a lot of difference to the Panigale V4.

Gone is the windscreen and full fairing, although there is still a fair amount of aero bodywork for a naked bike. The rear of the bike looks very similar.Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

The biggest difference is in the short nose cone with very discrete “eyes” as LED headlights. Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali confirms that the Streetfighter V4 will be “one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020”.

“Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production,” he says.

The bike will be presented to the public at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November and will be available in Ducati dealerships from mid-March 2020.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

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