Ducati has been making headlines for reasons other than its motorcycles lately. From Harley-Davidson to Triumph to Bajaj, motorcycle giants have been eyeing purchase of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer ever since the Volkswagen Group was left rattled post the Dieselgate scandal. However, what we're more interested in is the arrival of the new V4. Motorcycle News revealed details about the new Ducati V4 recently. Harvesting inspiration from their success in MotoGP, new Ducati V4 will be a road going motorcycle that is honed on the race track. The Panigale has already been a handful in terms of power and is quite popular. However, Ducati's race department wants to churn out more than what the current 1198cc V-twin Panigale R produces. This engine is already producing 193 bhp in road trim and the race ready version makes over 215 bhp. To boost these figures even further, weight loss will not be enough and it will have to come from power and control.
The new motorcycle is likely to be unveiled by Ducati on 7th September. Reports suggest that the press has been invited before the Misano MotoGP round, which is expected to be a launch event of the new V4. The invitation simply says: “Save the date: the sound of a new era is coming.”
The new engine will finally develop about 205-210 bhp from the road trim and over 230 bhp! from the race ready version. The way forward is with increased rpm which is more doable with multi-cylinder engines, however, Ducati is not keen on employing an inline four, hence enter the V4.
There are two engine options expected from a three motorcycle range. The current R comes with an 1198cc, the base and the S models come with 1285cc engine - an engine break-up that is likely to be continued. But considering the racing regulations for four-cylinder motorcycles, there will perhaps also have to be a 1000cc version and eventually a road-going variant of it too.
The base model and the S model are expected to be unveiled at the Milan show this year, while the R model homologation special could be as much as a year later. Ducati’s WSB racing boss Paolo Ciabatti confirmed: “We will race with the Panigale in 2017 and 2018,” while Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali confirmed that theV4 “would absolutely race in WSB”.