Ducati showcases Panigale V4 R, to form base for WSBK bike

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 Ducati showcases Panigale V4 R, to form base for WSBK bike
Rachit Thukral
By: Rachit Thukral
Nov 5, 2018, 11:08 AM

Ducati has taken covers off the Panigale V4 R, it’s most powerful production bike and one that will forms the basis of its next World Superbike Championship (WSBK) contender.

Ducati already has the standard Panigale V4 in its arsenal, but its engine exceeds WSBK’s 1,000cc capacity limit by some margin.

As such, the Italian motorcycle brand has come up with a downsized engine for the V4 R, while also making certain changes on the aero side of the bike for increased speed.

Starting with the engine, the Panigale V4 R houses a 998cc motor that is capable of churning out 217 bhp - up by six bhp from the standard V4 - and 112 Nm of torque.

Clients also have the option of selecting the Akrapovic racing kit, which will take the power output to a whopping 233 bhp, while also reducing the weight of the bike to just 165kg. Combined, that will give the Panigale V4 R a rather impressive power-to-weight ratio of 1.4bhp/kg.

Ducati Panigale V4R

Ducati Panigale V4R

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Elsewhere, the V4 R comes fitted with two winglets that come straight from Ducati’s GP16 MotoGP bike, as well as new side extractors on the fairing.

The V4 R also features race-dedicated Ohlins’ mechanically-adjustable suspension setup on both wheels compared to the electronically-adjustable suspension on the standard V4.

On the electronics side, the bike gets Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie control, side control, launch control, quick shifter, as well as a Bosch-supplied ABS system.

Plus, it also comes with a pitlane limiter and a lap timing system for those who’d like to take their bike to a race track.

Ducati will announce pricing of the Panigale V4 R sometime in 2019, the year it will also debut its racing version in the WSBK, which has been recently dominated by Kawasaki and Jonathan Rea.

After successfully re-emerging as a front-runner in MotoGP, Ducati would be hoping that the Panigale V4 R will bring a similar change in its fortunes in WSBK.

Ducati Panigale V4R

Ducati Panigale V4R

Photo by: Ducati Corse

 
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