New 2018 214bhp Ducati Panigale V4!

Finally, it’s here, and although spy shots revealed what it’d look like weeks ago, we don’t care, because this is the most powerful, fully loaded production superbike (probably rather a lot of…) money can buy!

Yep, the new V4 engine and its 1,103cc engine is now THE most powerful naturally aspirated production superbike on the planet – it may still look a like a Panigale, but she is clearly going to be a very, very different player than the previous (barmy) L-twin was! And there are three of them: Stock (£19,250), S (over £23,000) and Speciale (around £34,000) – and of course we’ll get a 999cc R version later in 2018 too!

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So, the big highlights of the 1100 are…

  • 214bhp @ 13,000rpm (crank measurement)

  • 226bhp with the full titanium Akrapovic official exhaust

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  • 124Nm of torque @ 10,000rpm

  • Counter-rotating crankshaft / twin-pulse ignition

  • 1.1bhp/kg power ratio

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  • S and Speciale gets next-gen’ Ohlins electronic suspension and steering-damper

  • Stock gets 43mm Showa BPF forks & a Sachs monoshock

  • New Evo electronics suite – DTC, DSC, DWC, DPL, DQS, EBC etc

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  • S & Speciale – 195kg fully wet

  • New ‘Stylema’ Brembo M4.30 calipers

  • New Bosch ‘cornering’ ABS

  • New TFT Dash

  • Controlled drift braking!

Yep, apparently the V4 can somehow, via its electronics suite, help do the whole drifting into bends thing! We guess you still have to brave (and probably talented…) enough to make it happen but, still, wow…

While the looks may not be brand new, only slightly different which we guess some may take umbrage with (even though ‘Gale was already one of the most beautiful bikes ever created), what lies underneath assuredly is, and all of it is absolute top drawer special stuff, from the exquisite V4 engine based on their GP15 MotoGP monster, latest generation electronic suspension and electronics suite, to a flash new dash.

The Speciale, meanwhile, is like the S version but also boasts:

  • Carbon fibre front/rear mudguards
  • Machined-from-solid top yoke with identification number
  • Alcantara® seat
  • Dedicated handle grips
  • Adjustable foot pegs
  • Carbon fiber heel guard
  • Carbon fiber cover swinging arm
  • Racing articulated levers, racing fuel tank cap,brake level protection

And also…

  • Full racing titanium Ducati Performance by Akrapovič exhaust system
  • Racing screen
  • Plate holder removal kit
  • Machined-from solid mirror replacement plugs
  • Ducati Data Analyser+ GPS (DDA + GPS)
  • Bike cover

If you’re loaded, the Speciale is deffo the one to have, while the rest of us get jealous…

Seriously, the launch slated to be late January 2018, really can’t come quick enough…

Keep scrolling down for more specs:


  • ABS Cornering Bosch EVO
  • Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO (DQS EVO)
  • Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO)
  • Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO (DES EVO)


  • 1,103cc 90-deg’ desmodromic V4
  • 81 x 53.5mm bore x stroke
  • 14.0:1 compression
  • Twin-injectors, variable length intakes
  • Counter-rotating crankshaft
  • Ride-by-wire elliptical throttle-bodies


  • Alloy ‘front frame’
  • Showa fork & Sachs shock / Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension
  • 5-Spoke wheels / S – three-spoke
  • Brembo M4.30 ‘Stylema’ calipers


  • 175kg dry weight / S – 174kg
  • 198kg kerb weight / S – 195kg
  • 830mm seat height
  • 1,469mm wheelbase
  • 16L fuel capacity


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