The Ducati Panigale V4 R is the downsized, 1,000 cc model of the Ducati Panigale V4, and will likely be Ducati’s weapon of alternative in superbike racing for a while now. The present Panigale V4’s 1,194 cc engine overshoots the displacement restrict for the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) for four-cylinder fashions, so an engine assembly the WSBK homologation necessities was imminent. Newest spy pictures present precisely such an instance of the V4 R present process check runs at an undisclosed location. The bike seen within the spy photos look like the race-spec variant of the brand new mannequin, though Ducati will definitely introduce a road-legal mannequin of the V4 R as nicely.
The spy pictures reveal that the V4 R has a distinct fairing design than the Panigale V4, with a pair of gill-like openings on the facet (fairly just like the BMW S 1000 RR). The fairing additionally has quite a lot of mounting factors which may be used for including winglets which at the moment are allowed for WSBK racing. Additionally seen is a dry clutch on the check bike, though this clutch may solely be out there on the race-spec bike, reasonably than the road bike. The check bike additionally sports activities light-weight magnesium-forged Marchesini wheels, and what appear to be Brembo brakes. The spy pictures additionally reveal a reworked exhaust system which appears to be extra compact than the inventory exhaust system on the present Panigale V4.
To date, there is no indication when the V4 R will likely be launched and what its pricing will likely be. The production-spec mannequin of the Ducati Panigale V4 R is predicted to be unveiled on the EICMA present in Milan subsequent month, adopted by the mannequin’s launch in Europe. We anticipate Ducati India to introduce the highway model of the V4 R in India someday subsequent yr.