Engine, chassis, aerodynamics, electronics and ergonomics all tweaked on the mighty Panigale
Big news from Ducati on the first public day of the EICMA show: a new Panigale V4 and V4S, that’s claimed to be even faster round a track, but also easier to ride for all skill levels. The engine has an extra 1.5bhp thanks to a revised oil pump and exhaust headers, now up to 215.5bhp. More midrange too, not something the 1,103cc V-four engine has ever been short of to be fair…
There’s a posh new fork for the V4S too: Öhlins’ NX25/30 gas pressurised unit, which was first seen on the Panigale V4R. The 25/30 refers to the size of the damping cartridges in each leg – one is 25mm one 30mm. Each leg is optimised for compression or damping performance – a sort of separate function design. What’s new is that the NX25/30 fork is plumbed into the Öhlins Smart EC semi-active electronic suspension system, along with the TTX36 rear shock and Öhlins steering damper.
There’s also new bodywork, with more efficient aerodynamic winglet panels, which give the same downforce (37kg at 300kph) for, presumably, less drag. The fuel tank/seat area has also been revised for better grip when you’re braced up against it under braking, and more room for your arms to grip on mid-corner.
The electronics have new rider power modes, and the colour LCD dashboard has a new Track Evo display mode that’s got more track-friendly info in an easy-to-access format. Finally, there’s a new separate green LED gear display unit that’s easier to see away from the main dashboard display.
No word on price yet – expect a bit of an inflation hike compared with last year, but the bikes are on their way to dealers now, so get ye to a Panigale vendor forthwith and get your name down!