Key Specs of 2021 Panigale V4
Ducati 2021 Panigale V4 Highlights
Ducati ushered in a new era of performance motorcycles when the Italian manufacturer ditched the traditional 90-degree V-twin engine configuration for a V4 mill for its flagship products, like the Panigale V4. This firecracker of a motorcycle received minor updates last year but the bike is likely to be off the shelves in India for the better part of 2020 as the Panigale V4 is not yet BS6 compliant.
Ducati Panigale V4 Price:
Ducati offers the bike in two variants and another three limited series trims. The Ducati Panigale V4’s prices start from Rs 20.57 lakh for the standard variant while the better kitted-out Panigale V4 S trim costs Rs 26.50 lakh. Ducati has brought the Panigale V4 Speciale and Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 to India at eye-watering prices of Rs 51.80 lakh and Rs 54.90 lakh. These limited editions get special liveries and a couple of performance extras like a track-only Akrapovic full-system exhaust. The Ducati Panigale V4 R is the company’s homologation special version of the Panigale V4, making it eligible to compete in the World Superbikes series. There are only 500 units of the bike built so far. In case you want one, it also costs a jaw dropping Rs 51.80 lakh. All prices, ex-showroom India.
Ducati Panigale V4 Features:
The Ducati Panigale V4 is one of the most technologically advanced motorcycles on the market. The razor-sharp sportbike gets a distinctively different look from its predecessor, the Panigale 1299, complete with LED lighting all round. The Panigale V4 gets tonnes of riding aids like traction control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, slide control, launch control and a bi-directional quickshifter as standard. All of these riding aids are linked to a six-axis IMU to give the rider a better grip on the rocketship. All of these can be controlled via the switchcube located on the left clip-on bar and the colour TFT screen.
Ducati Panigale V4 Engine:
Ducati developed a brand new 1,103cc V4 motor, derived from its MotoGP racing exploits. It gets a counter-rotating crankshaft to reduce the gyroscopic effect of the engine and also to control wheelies to a certain extent. For a brief period, it was the most powerful motorcycle in the world, producing 214PS at 13,000rpm and 124Nm at 10,000rpm. Ducati had to downsize the engine on the Panigale V4 R to 998cc to meet the WSBK regulations. While the cubes went lower, the performance didn’t suffer as it now churns out 221PS at an astronomically high 15,250rpm and 112Nm at 11,500rpm. Both engines get a six-speed gearbox with hydraulically-actuated slip-and-assist clutch systems.
Ducati Panigale V4 Suspension & Bakes:
On the standard Ducati Panigale V4, suspension duties are handled by a 43mm Showa BPF USD fork and Sachs monoshock affixed onto a single-sided aluminium swingarm, both units fully-adjustable. If you opt for the Panigale V4 S, you get the 43mm Ohlins NIX 30 USD fork and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock. These units are electronically adjustable for compression and rebound settings while preload on the latter unit is still a manual affair. You also find these suspension components on the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 and the Panigale V4 Speciale. The homologation special Panigale V4 R has to make do with non-electronically but still manually fully-adjustable 43mm Ohlins NPX pressurised fork and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock. Braking hardware remains common across all variants with the front wheel fitted with Brembo’s state-of-the-art Stylema monobloc calipers chomping down on 330mm rotors. At the rear, you get a 245mm disc with a two-piston Brembo sliding caliper. Super grippy Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP rubber remains standard. 5-spoke aluminium alloy rims are present on the base and the S trims, while the others get lighter wheel options.
Ducati Panigale V4 Rivals:
The Ducati Panigale V4 is one of the fastest motorcycles on the planet and is part of the new holy trinity of European superbikes. Primary rivals of the Ducati Panigale V4 are the Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory, BMW S 1000 RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the soon-to-be-launched Honda CBR1000RR-R. Aside from the Honda, all other sportbikes are yet to be updated to meet the Euro 5/BS6 emission norms. Hence, it will be a while until we see these rocket ships on our roads.
2021 Panigale V4 Price List (Variants)
|2021 Panigale V4 STD||Estimated Price|
|2021 Panigale V4 S BS6||Rs.26,50,000Estimated Price|
|2021 Panigale V4 SP BS6||Rs.51,80,000Estimated Price|
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Ducati 2021 Panigale V4 Pros and Cons
Things We Like in 2021 Panigale V4
- Physics defying performance
- Sophisticated electronic aids enhances rider confidence
- Features best-in-class Brembo brakes
Things We Don't Like in 2021 Panigale V4
- The BS6-compliant version will not be launched in India in 2020
2021 Panigale V4 Expert Review
The new Ducati Panigale V4 enters the Indian market with a bang. Moving from an L-twin to V4 powertrain, the Panigale V4 is more powerful, plusher, faster and even more desirable. The sports bike features dual headlamps up front, single-sided swingarm and raised tail section. There is a new five-inch colour TFT screen with two layouts for road and track. The aerodynamic character and lightness of the bike are being considered for the road edition and of course, the learnings have been drawn out from the MotoGP. Under the skin, the new Panigale V4 features a completely new 1,103cc V4 powertrain which makes out a blistering 214hp of max power. There are different riding modes, power modes and a whole new electronic package to take care of the proceedings when the throttle is twisted down. In addition to rider and power modes, the package includes multi-level traction control, electronic engine braking, Bosch cornering ABS, wheelie and slide control. In the Indian market, the Ducati Panigale V4 goes up against the Aprilia RSV4 RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Honda CBR1000RR, Yamaha YZF-R1 and BMW S1000RR. The sports bike from Ducati can be purchased by shelling out INR 20.53 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) from your kitty for the standard variant and INR 25.29 Lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi) for the Panigale V4 S.
Design and Features
The looks are quite similar to what we have seen in the past, but Ducati has redefined it to shape its character into an elegant yet a muscular machine. It weighs lesser than the race track version which accounts for easy manoeuvring and instant performance- thanks to the Front Frame which has replaced the aluminium perimeter frame. The new frame gives it a tight fairing look and makes it a lot more compact road machine. Upfront, it features an edgy and slimmer dual headlamp setup and larger air ducts for enhanced aerodynamics. The concept of Double Layer fairing has been included where the inner fairing extracts the heat from the radiator while the outer one gives it a cleaner appearance. There is a new five-inch colour TFT screen with two layouts for road and track that displays a host of information in an organized manner. The Ducati’s trademark Diamond tank gives the rider the much-needed assistance when leaning into the extreme corners and in the straights. It also offers lateral grip to the rider’s knees when braking into the corners. The tail section of the bike is a bit raised one. It floats in the air depicting its ‘ready-to-race’ character. The tail light comes with full LED. On the features front, the standard V4 comes with full LED-headlight with DRLs, Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Sachs steering damper, Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, quick control selection, automatic switch-off turn signals. The Panigale V4 S gets components like aluminium forged rims and lithium-ion battery. The wheelbase of the bike is 1469mm and the seat height is 830mm.
Engine and Performance
The Ducati Panigale V4 comes with a new twin-cylinder 1103cc engine that makes out 214hp at 13,000rpm and 124Nm of peak torque at 10,000rpm. By adding a racing kit comprising an Akrapovic exhaust and an engine remap, the power output can be bumped up to 226hp- in case of the Panigale V4 Speciale. On the transmission front, it gets chain drive mechanism with hydraulically controlled slipper and wet multi-plate clutch. The V4 layout at 90° has been developed that is the same solution used in the MotoGP Desmosedici engines. The counter-rotating crankshaft is included, which is also borrowed from the MotoGP. It helps to generate more torque and reduce wheelie phenomenon.
Braking and Handling
Built on the aluminium Front Frame, the Ducati Panigale V4 is equipped with 43mm fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) at the front and fully adjustable Sachs mono shock absorbers at the rear. The front gets the Sachs steering damper too. The new Panigale V4 S and Panigale V4 Speciale are equipped with a Öhlins NIX-30 fork, Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and Öhlins steering damper with the event-based control system. The braking duties are taken care of by the brand new Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers. At the front, there is a double 330mm disc with 4-piston callipers while at the rear there is a 245mm single disc with 2-piston callipers that provide outstanding braking power to the bike. The braking mechanism is supported by the Bosch Cornering ABS EVO system. The front 17-inch alloy wraps the new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 tyre while the rear gets a wider Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 tyre.
Safety and Features
A plethora of safety features has been included to offer the rider the confidence to get in those deep corners and experience the bike’s highest capability while in the straights. The safety package includes features like Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Auto tyre calibration and various riding and power modes to keep proceedings in check.
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