A V4 for the Ducati sport bikes of tomorrow

By: | Published: September 8, 2017 2:03 AM

From the experience gained in MotoGP—the world’s premier motorcycle racing world championship—where the four-cylinder Ducati Desmosedici unleashes mean performance, along with similar machines from Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, comes a new 90-degree V4 engine designed to power the Ducati supersport models of tomorrow.

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From the experience gained in MotoGP—the world’s premier motorcycle racing world championship—where the four-cylinder Ducati Desmosedici unleashes mean performance, along with similar machines from Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki, comes a new 90-degree V4 engine designed to power the Ducati supersport models of tomorrow. “In transferring the technology of its most cutting-edge power unit from racetrack to road, Ducati will offer customers performance levels honed by years of MotoGP experience,” the company announced on Thursday.

Called the Desmosedici Stradale, this engine will become yet another Ducati milestone: It will be the first time ever that the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer—owned by Audi through its Italian subsidiary Lamborghini—has equipped a standard production bike with a four-cylinder engine.

The official unveiling took place in Misano in Italy during the San Marino and Rimini Riviera GP, the thirteenth round of the 2017 MotoGP championship that begins today. “It’s with undiluted pride that we unveil this technological gem. It represents the start of a new chapter for our company, underlining our vitality and an unshakeable commitment to investment in new products,” said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati’s CEO, during the presentation of the Desmosedici Stradale. “This engine also highlights the close collaboration between Ducati Corse—the racing team division—and the factory bike development team, proving how instrumental racing can be in developing the technology that is later applied on production bikes.”

In November, at EICMA, or the Milan Motorcycle Show, the company will showcase the new Panigale V4, the all-new motorcycle powered by this engine.

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