The Ducati Panigale V4 was a sports bike named after Borgo Panigale and the first large-production machine featuring a V4 engine. The development of the Panigale V4 started with the 2015 MotoGP racing engine.
In 2023, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer launched the Ducati Panigale V4 R, which adopted the Moto GP and Superbike technology, such as titanium connecting rods and DLC treatment.
The 2023 V4 R came with carbon wings and a MotoGP-inspired color scheme. The bike featured a specially designed oil developed by Shell in association with Ducati Corse that provided a 10 percent reduction in friction, which increased the maximum power by 3.5 hp.
For the first time on a road machine, Ducati used gun-drilled titanium connecting rods that allowed oil to pass from the head to the small end for improved reliability and lubrication in extreme conditions.
Also, for the first time on a road engine, the pistons featured a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating used in Formula 1 and MotoGP competitions, reducing friction. The pistons were also featuring a new geometry that made them lighter.
The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R packed several carbon fiber components, including a rear mudguard, swingarm, sprockets and crankcase protectors, frame, and front brake cooling ducts, which improved performance and delivered more efficient stopping power.
The bike took its muscles from a Desmosedici Stradale V4 liquid-cooled engine with 218 hp available at 15,500 rpm and 111 Nm (82 lb-ft) torque with maximum peak force at 12,000 rpm.
The 2023 V4 R came with an MSRP of $44,995 in the US and $52,995 in the Canadian market.
|engine specs||Type:||Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, counter-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromic timing, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled||Displacement:||998 cm3||Bore X Stroke:||3.2x1.9 in OR 81 mm||Compression Ratio:||14.0:1||Horsepower:||218/15500 KW(hp)/RPM||Torque:||82/12000 lb-ft/RPM OR 111/12000 Nm/RPM||Fuel System:||Electronic Fuel Injection|
|transmission specs||Gearbox:||6-speed constant mesh||Clutch:||Wet, multi-plate||Primary Drive:||-||Final Drive:||Chain|
|chassis specs||Frame:||Aluminum alloy “Fron Frame” with optimized stiffnesses||Front Suspension:||Fully adjustable Ohlins NPX fork 43 mm||Rear Suspension:||Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX 36 unit||Front Brake:||Double discs 330 mm||Rear Brake:||Single disc 245 mm|
|dimension specs||Overall Length:||79.3 in OR 2014 mm||Overall Width:||31.7 in OR 805 mm||Seat Height:||33.5 in OR 851 mm||Weelbase:||57.9 in OR 1471 mm||Ground Clearance:||5.1 in OR 130 mm||Weight:||427 lbs OR 194 kg||Fuel Capacity:||4.5 gallons OR 17.0 L|
|tyres specs||Front:||120/70 ZR17||Rear:||200/60 ZR17|
|power system specs||Power pack:||-||Nominal Capacity:||-||Maximum Capacity:||-||Charger type:||-||Charging time (normal):||-||Charging time (quick):||-||Range:||-|
|237 HP (174 KW @ 15.500 rpm with full racing exhaust|
118 Nm (87 lb-ft) @ 12.250 rpm with full racing exhaust