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Ducati Superleggera V4 is super sexy

We already knew the Ducati Superleggera v4 would be super light and super powerful and now we can see it’s super sexy and super exclusive!

The 159kW (214hp) Superleggera V4, unveiled overnight, is wrapped in exposed carbon-fibre and other exotic materials with a Desmosedici GP19-inspired livery.

It will be limited to 500 exclusive units with no price tag yet announced.  But as they say, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.

Super exclusive Superleggera V4Ducati Superleggera V4

Ducati expects this bike will be shipped around the world by its cashed-up buyers to be ridden on some of the world’s most famous tracks.

There they will be able to monitor lap times via the exclusive lap timer that records finish line and split times for five circuits: Laguna Seca, Mugello, Jerez, Sepang and Losail.

These can be recalled at the start of each track day without having to repeat the set-up procedure.

Buyers of the Superleggera V4 will also get to ride exclusive Ducati race bikes: the WSB Panigale V4 on the Mugello test track and the Desmosedici GP20 used by Dovizioso and Petrucci, with the close support of the Ducati Corse technicians.Ducati Superleggera V4

As you would expect, there is a host of exclusive details from a solid aluminium radiator cap to a dedicated ignition key with an aluminium insert showing the bike number.

The bike ID number (XXX/500), which matches the VIN, is displayed on the frame, fork yoke and ignition key.

Ducati has not made pricing and full tech pecs publicly available.

However, select Ducati VIPs (that’s those who’ve previously bought their exclusive bikes) have received a e-mail signed by CEO Claudio Domenicali  which has a link to an exclusive page with these details.

Ducati says deliveries will start in June 2020 in Europe at a limited rate of only five bikes a day with all bikes produced this year.

Superleggera customers can also buy an exclusive Superleggera V4 Dainese leather suit with integrated air-bag and an Arai carbon fibre helmet in the bike’s colours and graphics.

Presumably they’re the ones in the photos.Ducati Superleggera V4

Super light

The Superleggera V4 is the world’s only street-legal motorcycle with the entire load-bearing structure of the chassis (frame, subframe, swingarm and wheels) made from composite material.

Ducati Superleggera V4

That helps it achieve a dry weight of just 159kg which is 16kg less than the Panigale V4, resulting in a record power-to-weight ratio of 1.41hp/kg.

But wait, there’s more … or less!

In track kit, power is increased to 175kW (234hp) and weight drops to 152.2kg, raising the power-to-weight ratio to 1.54hp/kg.

Apart from their GP models, this is the most powerful motorcycle ever produced by the Bologna manufacturer.

Ducati says their official tester, Alessandro Valia, took the bike, fitted with the racing kit and slick tires, around the Mugello circuit in 1:52:45.

That’s less than two seconds from the lap time of the Panigale V4 R SBK, winner of the 2019 Italian Motorspeed Championship (CIV) with Michele Pirro.

Ducati claims the lightweight components have been “100% tested using the most sophisticated techniques borrowed from the aerospace industry, such as thermography, ultrasound inspections and tomography”.

The chassis dimensions have been modified for optimised track use by increasing the length of the swingarm.

“The overall result is unparalleled deceleration power, faster leaning down into corners and sharper lines riding out of bends,” Ducati says in its official press release.

They also claim the carbon fibre fairing with biplane winglets has greater aerodynamic efficiency than the current MotoGP bikes.

Superleggera V4 provides downforce of 50kg at 270km/h, 20kg more than on the Panigale V4 MY20 and V4 R.

Super powerfulDucati Superleggera V4

The 998cc  90° Desmosedici Stradale R engine is also lighter and more powerful.

It weighs in at 2.8kg less than the 1103cc V4 and when fitted with the road-legal Akrapovič exhaust produces 167kW (224hp) while the track-only titanium Akrapovič exhaust lifts in the track kit lifts that to 175kW.

The track kit is included in the purchase price.

There is also a dry clutch and an individual manual adjustment of the Desmodromic timing system.

In this mode, riders will see an instrument display similar to that used on the Desmosedici GP20.Ducati Superleggera V4

The Superleggera V4 display was designed with input from Andrea Dovizioso.

Electronic controls are designed for racing nature of this motorcycle with the latest traction controls, up/down quickshifter three reprogrammed riding modes (Race A, Race B and Sport).

For the first time there are five extra modes that can be personalised with the rider’s preferred settings.

Other exclusive items include a lighter Öhlins suspension system, with a pressurised fork and lighter machined aluminium fork bottoms, a titanium shock absorber spring and GP-derived valves for improved damping on road bumps in the initial compression stage.

Brembo supplies the brakes, with an MCS calliper featuring a remotely adjusted lever gap and Stylema R callipers for greater front-brake stroke consistency in long track runs.

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Ducati launches Project 1708 (Superleggera)

Ducati launches Project 1708 which is code for the V4 Superleggera on Thursday (6 February 2020).

It is expected to be one of the world’s most powerful street-legal super bikes with 167kW (224hp) at 15,250 revs.

Throw on the optional Akrapovic full racing exhaust system and power is boosted to 174kW (234bhp), even beating the supercharged Kawasaki H2 at 171kW (230hp).

That compares with the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory at 162kW (217hp) and new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade with 160kW (212hp).

CEO Claudio Domenicali gushed about the project in this invitation:

All the bikes we produce are a declaration of our desire for perfection. But nothing is comparable with the Project 1708 is a true statement of intent, it is thew monument in which we draw a line between trying and doing. Iy is out most pioneering creature.

Super lightDucati V4 Superleggera super power

As we can see from the top image plus this leaked photo (above), it will feature a lot of lightweight carbon-fibre bike.

So the bike will weigh just 152kg which is 20kg less than the V4R, hence the term superleggera (super light).

The Superleggera’s Desmosedici Stradale R V4 engine is a big jump up from the “standard” V4 with (155kW/208hp, 124Nm) and V4S/R (top of page) with 159kW (214hp).

However, it is expected to have a super cost as well at $US100,000 (about $A145,000).

Superleggera will be produced in a limited edition of 500. We expect they will only be available here on order.

It will also feature MotoGP livery, exotic components (top-shelf Brembo brakes and Ohlins suspension) with all-LED lighting.

Ducati is expected to start production in April 2020 with deliveries the following month.

Like the V4R, it will have bi-place wings plus extra winglets to increase downforce at 270km/h from 30kg to 50kg.

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Ducati Panigale V4R joins Abu Dhabi cops

If you plan on speeding in Abu Dhabi, you better be riding something special.

Abu Dhabi police department has just added eight Ducati Panigale V4 motorcycles to its already impressive fleet of supercars that include a Bugatti Veyron and Lamborghini Aventador.

They need the high-speed bike, too, because many in the rich United Arab Emirates own supercars and exotic motorcycles.

And the speed limits are high. Abu Dhabi last year set its highest speed limit of 160km/h on the new four-lane highway running into the capital.

Abu Dhabi
160km/h highway

They set the speed cameras at 161km/h, rather than the 20km/h buffer elsewhere, but rich drivers don’t care about copping fines as they can afford them.

Fines for exceeding the speed limit by more than 60km/h are only about $A400.

Mind you, speeding by more than 60km/h attracts 12 “black points” (demerit points) and your licence is confiscated for 30 days. If you accumulate 24 points, you lose your licence for three months.

Click here for the world’s most expensive speeding fines.

Abu Dhabi fleet

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Abu Dhabi patrol cars

The Abu Dhabi police department has had some exotic high-speed pursuit vehicles over the years  to catch super-speedsters.

They include: Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8 hybrid sports car, Brabus 700, Bugatti Veyron, Lamborghini Aventador, Lykan HyperSport, Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG, Nissan GT-R and Porsche Panamera.

Now they have added the Ducati to not only pursue at high speed, but split through traffic snarls.

And not just your run-of-the-mill 214hp V4, either.

No, they have gone for the 10kg lighter V4R with 221hp (165kW).

Ducati Panigale V4R Abu Dhabi
Ducati Panigale V4R

It also features racing carbon-fibre winglets, electronically adjustable Ohlins suspension, dry clutch, adjustable swingarm, up/down quickshift, wheelie and slide control, etc.

If you fancy your chances getting away from that, good luck!

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Ducati blitz adds two Scrambler 1100 models

Ducati’s Scrambler 1100 is expected to have another couple of variants when the company unveils its blitz of 2020 models on 23 October 2019.

The company recently filed documents with the US emission agency for a “Scrambler 1100 Pro” and “Scrambler 1100 Pro Sport”.

They will have the same 1079cc, L-twin motor with 62kW and 88Nm.

Ducati already has a Scrambler 1100 Sport model (pictured above) with Ohlins suspension.

So the “Pro” addition could be off-road models like the 803cc Scrambler Desert Sled with taller suspension and knobby tyres. It could also feature electronic suspension adjustment.

It would be an obvious move to compete with the Triumph Scrambler 1200 with 66.2kW and 110Nm.

Ducati blitz

Ducati is set for a blitz of up to seven new 2020 models and variants in October.

They have already announced the Streetfighter V4 will be released as a 2020 model.

Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4 ranges model
Ducati Streetfighter V4

We’ve also seen spy photos of a Multistrada V4 and we suspect there might also be a Monster V4 in the works.

Ducati Multistrada V4 spy photo ranges blitz
Spy photo of what looks like a Multistrada V4

And last month a leaked document from the US Environmental Protection Agency listed the “Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour” and “Scrambler Icon Dark”.

Since the Multistrada GT will be powered by the 1262cc L-Twin engine as the name suggests, maybe the Multistrada V4 is on hold for another year.

Or they may be considering running two Multi ranges with twin and four-cylinder engines.

We also expect the Grand Tour will have luggage and a bigger windscreen.

As for the 803cc Scrambler Icon Dark, it is likely to have a blackened engine and matte-black paint instead of its iconic yellow.

Ducati Scrambler Icon ranges blitz
Ducati Scrambler Icon

Whatever their model blitz in October is composed of, every model will have blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control, as they announced in April 2018.

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Photo shows Ducati Multistrada V4 is coming

This spy photo from Motorrad  magazine seems to prove that Ducati is introducing a Multistrada V4 version as we tipped earlier this month.

The Multistrada V4 is expected to be unveiled on October 23 when Ducati will release its 2020 model range.

It comes hot on the heels of Ducati announcing a naked Streetfighter V4 will be unveiled in October as a 2020 model.

A prototype was recently raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

Sadly, four-time winner Carlin Dunne crashed and died on the final corner on his way to victory and a record time. Motorcycle races at the hillclimb have been suspended next year.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak Multistrada V4
Carlin Dunn e on the Streetfighter V4 prototype

Multistrada V4

Now it seems the Streetfighter V4 street version may be accompanied by a Multistrada V4.

Earlier this month motorcycle magazine Motorrad claimed it had seen the bike out testing in Borgo Panigale, home of the Ducati factory in north-east Italy.

They did not have any images to prove their sighting, but they have now published iomages from this Facebook post by Luca Moncalieri, Managing Director of Ducatisti Integralisti,Pavia, Italy.

A Multistrada V4 makes a lot of sense as does a Monster version.

Will there be any L-twins left?

Streetfighter V4 is expected to have similar power to the Panigale V4’s 158kW (213hp).

It had been suggested the street production version may be a little tamer. However, it is likely to still be more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

The Multistrada is likely to be tuned for less top end and more low-down power and torque.

The current Multistrada 1260 has 117kW (158hp) output. 

Ducati Multistrada V4 coming?
Ducati Multistrada 1260

The new V4 models are likely to have front and rear radar for blind spot alerts and cornering ABS as Ducati has previously said it would add these features to its entire range in 2020.

The tech is part of the company’s joint development with Audi of safety technology to fit into an automated driving future.

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Ducati V4 wheelies at touch of a button

How would you like to wheelie a Ducati Panigale V4 S at the touch of a button?

Well, now you can! However, it’s not the real thing, but a self-balancing 1:6 scale toy from Spin Master Toys costing about $A270 when it is released in August.

The Ducati-licensed Upriser has a top speed of about 20km/h and can drift, pull wheelies and do burnouts at the touch of a button.

The Upriser maintains balance by 12 small counter-rotational wheels in the rear wheel and controlled by dual optical sensors.

It is just over 35cm long and 26.5cm tall and includes working LED headlight and suspension.

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Watch Aussie rider’s Pikes Peak record run

Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook has posted a video of his record run at the recent Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado.

The event was marred by the death of four-time winner Carlin Dunne on the last turn while riding the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype. He was on his way to victory and a record run.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak Multistrada V4 record run
Carlin Dunne on the Streetfighter V4 prototype

The Pikes Peak International Hillclimb organising committee is now considering the future of the motorcycle category in the event in the wake of two other motorcycle fatalities in 2014-15 and the fourth rider death in the event’s history.

The event has run since 1916, but motorcycles did not race for 10 years from 1977-79 and 1983-90.

Organisers are investigating whether a series of bumps in the last corner caused Carlin’s bike to high-side.

Rennie’s record run

Australian motorcycle journalist Rennie Scaysbrook has posted a video of his record run at the recent Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in Colorado.
Images from Rennie’s Facebook page

Carlin’s sad fatality does not take away from Rennie’s victory and record run in the heavy motorcycle class.

The Australian, who is now working in America at Cycle News, set a record time of 9:44.963 riding a 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. He smashed the record by five seconds.

The Tuono was in “nearly showroom stock” condition.

Rennie says he would like to dedicate his record-run video to the memory of the late Carlin Dunne. 

“This was a man who helped me to no end as a mentor in my rookie year, went head-to-head with me and came out on top in 2018, and was on course to smash the lap record again this year until fate struck,” Rennie says.

“I’m honoured to have shared this race with him, and thanks to Aprilia for such an amazing team.”

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Ducati Panigale marks 916 25th anniversary

You better get in quick with your orders, because Ducati is producing only 500 Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 motorbikes to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary 916.

The 25th anniversary edition will be unveiled at this weekend’s American round of the Superbike championship at Laguna Seca by four-time World Superbike champion Carl “Foggy” Fogarty (above).

Ducati team riders Álvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies will compete at the event on bikes with a special livery inspired by the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916.

Ducati Australia and New Zealand Marketing and Sales Operations Manager Simon Leplaw says he has no further information yet on how many Australia will be allocated or the price.Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversario 916 Carl Fogarty

25th anniversary edition

Apart from graphics and limited-edition numbering, it doesn’t appear that the bike has any other extras.

The ground-breaking 916cc Ducati was a masterpiece by famous designer Massimo Tamburini with its iconic twin underseat exhausts, twin-eyed headlights, gold trellis frame, single-sided swingarm and elegantly simple lines.

anniversaryDucati 916
1994 Ducati 916

The 25th anniversary edition follows the recent news that Ducati will produce a Streetfighter V4 and rumours that there will also be a Multistrada V4.

Maybe there will also be Hypermotard and Monster versions powered by the V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine.

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Is Ducati planning a Multistrada V4?

Hot on the heels of Ducati announcing a naked Streetfighter version of its Panigale V4, rumours have surfaced that the Italian company is planning a Multistrada V4.

The Streetfighter V4 production version will be unveiled this year as a 2020 model and a prototype was recently raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

Sadly, four-time winner Carlin Dunne crashed and died on the final corner on his way to victory and a record time.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak Multistrada V4
Carlin Dunn e on the Streetfighter V4 prototype

Multistrada V4

Now it seems the Streetfighter V4 street version may be accompanied by a Multistrada V4, according to German motorcycle magazine Motorrad.

The magazine claims it has seen the bike out testing in Borgo Panigale, home of the Ducati factory in north-east Italy.

There are no images available to prove their sighting, but it makes a lot of sense for Ducati to use the engine in other model variants.

Who knows, they could also be planning a Monster version!

Streetfighter V4 is expected to have similar power to the Panigale V4’s 158kW (213hp).

It had been suggested the street production version may be a little tamer. However, it is likely to still be more than the Aprilia Tuono’s 173hp (129kW).

The Multistrada is likely to be tuned for less top end and more low-down power and torque.

The current Multistrada 1260 has 117kW (158hp) output. 

Ducati Multistrada V4 coming?
Ducati Multistrada 1260

A Multistrada V4 could make its debut alongside the Streetfighter V4 at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

If it does, the bike is likely to have front and rear radar for blind spot alerts and cornering ABS as Ducati has previously said it would add these features to its entire range in 2020.

The tech is part of the company’s joint development with Audi of safety technology to fit into an automated driving future.

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Ducati V4 rider dies at Pikes Peak hillclimb

Veteran American racer Carlin Dunne has died in a crash only metres from the finish of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, riding the Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype.

There have only been six deaths in the event’s history, but organisers seriously considered dropping motorcycles after the two crashes in 2014-15.

Instead, they restricted the field to bikes with single handlebars which excludes super bikes with clip-ons and tightened the vetting process for riders who have to show they can compete safely.

Carlin, aged 36, was the title defender, a four-time winner, the top qualifier and was on target for a record time.

Our condolences to his family, friends and fans.

The victory in the heavy motorcycle class went to Australian Rennie Scaysbrook who set a record time of 9:44.963 riding a 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. He smashed the record by five seconds.

Carlin Dunne rides Ducati V4 Streetfighter prototype at Pikes peak
Rennie Scaysbrook

Official statements

The hillclimb officials issued this statement:

Throughout the 97 years that this unique race has been conducted on America’s Mountain, we have experienced the ultimate joy in victory, the disappointment of failure and now, the unexpected heartbreak of the loss of a competitor, whose love of the race brought him to Pikes Peak. We mourn the tragic death of Carlin and he will remain in our hearts forever as part of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb family. Carlin will be remembered as a warm hearted mentor with a competitive spirit. He was a gentle and thoughtful man who touched everyone who met him. We will always remember his contagious smile and genuine love for sport.

Ducati North America CEO Jason Chinnock issued this statement:

There are no words to describe our shock and sadness. Carlin was part of our family and one of the most genuine and kind men we have ever known. His spirit for this event and love of motorcycling will be remembered forever as his passing leaves a hole in our hearts.

Hillclimb course

The 20km Pikes Peak course has 156 turns, starts at 2860m above sea level and climbs to an altitude of 4300m which is halfway to the summit of Everest.

Ducati recently released this video of Carlin training on the Streetfighter V4 prototype.

Ducati has confirmed it will produce a naked production version of the Panigale V4 from March 2020.

The Italian manufacturer said the Pikes Peak event was identified as an important part in the development process of the new model.

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

Carlin rode to victory on each of those occasions and the company celebrated with Pikes Peak versions of those 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”.

Streetfighter V4Ducati confirms 2020 Streetfighter V4

The Ducati V4 Streetfghter  prototype carlin raced was expected to have even 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 said.

There is not a lot of difference from 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 said 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.

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