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Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale – Up to 226 hp of Pure Italian Exclusivity

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

The new and expected Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale will arrive next year in three versions: the standard V4, the V4 S with electronic Öhlins suspensions and forged aluminum wheels, and finally a variant that Ducati has named Panigale V4 Speciale, which also to incorporate all the improvements of the V4 S adds a list of exclusive accessories (mudguards in carbon, Alcantara seat, grips, handles …) and a racing kit that improves the performance of your Desmosedici Stradale engine in addition to facilitating its entry into circuit .

The engine of the Panigale V4 S is identical to the rest of the V4 range: an engine derived from the Desmosedici of MotoGP with four cylinders forming a V to 90º that cubes 1.103 cc and is capable of delivering 214 hp at 13,000 rpm. This Speciale version also includes an exhaust system developed by Akrapovic, made entirely of titanium and exclusive for the track, which increases the power of the engine to 226 hp.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

The new aluminum Front Frame frame released in the Panigale V4 allows reducing the structure of the chassis to the minimum expression, taking advantage of the engine as one more element to fix the rear subframe and the single-arm swingarm. The weight of the new Front Frame chassis is 4 kilos, leaving this V4 Speciale with a dry weight of 174 kilos (1 kilos less than the standard V4).

The Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale sports a racing color scheme also called Speciale, topped by a list of exclusive accessories for this model:

  • Carbon fiber front/rear mudguard
  • Machined upper section of a block with identification number
  • Seat Alcantara
  • Exclusive cuffs
  • Adjustable foot pegs
  • Carbon fiber heat shield
  • Carbon fiber swingarm cover
  • Racing articulated levers
  • Protection of the brake lever.

In addition, in order to take advantage of its performance on the track, the customer receives a racing kit that includes, in addition to the aforementioned Akrapovic exhaust, a sports dome, a kit to remove the license plate support, mechanized plugs for the hollow of the rear-view mirrors, an exclusive case, a gas cap and the Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

This system evaluates the performance of the motorcycle and its rider by graphically presenting the specific information channels: it monitors the pilot’s performance, in addition to automatically recording and displaying lap times when the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale crosses the start and finish lines. It stores a large number of data channels including throttle opening, vehicle speed, engine speed, selected gear, engine temperature, distance traveled, revolutions and the DTC index.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale

For the rest, the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale shares the other exclusive elements of the V4 S, such as its Öhlins NIX-30 fork and TTX36 shock absorber (both managed by the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic control unit), a Öhlins steering damper, rims forged aluminum and lithium-ion battery.

Its recommended price in Italy is €39,900. Its availability and price are yet to be confirmed by Ducati.

Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale 2018 Specifications

Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine at 90 °, counterrotating crankshaft, 4 valves per cylinder driven Desmodromically, liquid cooling
Displacement 1,103 cc
Diameter x stroke 81 x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio 14,0: 1
Power 157.5 kW (214 HP) @ 13,000 rpm
Engine torque 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm
Injection Electronic fuel injection system. Two injectors per cylinder. Elliptical butterfly bodies completely ride-by-wire. Variable length intake system
System 4-2-1-2, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda sensors
6-speed gearbox with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up / down EVO
Primary transmission
Straight tooth gears; Ratio 1.80: 1
Ratio 1 = 38/14 2 = 36/17 3 = 33/19 4 = 32/21 5 = 30/22 6 = 30/24
Final transmission
Chain; Sprocket 16; Corona 41
Multiple discs in hydraulically controlled oil, anti-rebound, and auto-servo
Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”
Front suspension
Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fork fully adjustable with TiN treatment. Adjustment of electronic hydraulics in compression and extension with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 mode based on events
Front rim
3 sticks in forged aluminum alloy 3.50 “x 17”
Front tire
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear suspension
Fully adjustable unit Ohlins TTX36. Electronic adjustment of the hydraulic in compression and extension with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 mode based on events. Single-arm aluminum swingarm
Rear wheel 3 sticks to forged aluminum alloy 6.00 “x 17”
Rear tire
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Wheel travel (front / rear) 120 mm (4.7 in) – 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front brake
2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radial calipers Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4 pistons with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Back brake
Disc 245 mm, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
TFT digital color screen of 5 “last generation
Dimensions and weights
Dry weight 174 kg (384 lb)
Weight in running order 195 kg (430 lb)
Seat height 830 mm (32.48 in)
Wheelbase 1,469 mm (57,8 in)
Launch angle 24.5 °
Steering advance 100 mm (4 in)
Capacity of the fuel tank 16 l – 4,23 gallon (US)
Number of places