2021 Ducati Panigale V4 Launched In India At Rs 23.50 lakh
The Panigale V4 is the flagship superbike from Ducati
- Price starts from Rs 23.50 lakh for the V4 and goes up to Rs 28.40 lakh for the V4S.
- The 1,103cc V4 motor makes 217PS at 13,000 rpm and 123Nm at 10,000 rpm.
- Winglets are now standard on the base variant.
The bike gets a laundry list of nifty updates. The fascia is identical to its predecessor. However, the nose fairing now sits higher while being 15mm wider. Even the side fairing now sits 76mm wide, end to end. All this has been done to improve aerodynamics, thereby bettering performance.
Another interesting addition to the BS6 Panigale V4 is the inclusion of winglets on the base model. Ducati claims the MotoGP-inspired winglets provide more than 30kg of downforce at 270kmph.
Despite meeting the new stringent emission norms, the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 motor pumps out an impressive 217PS at 13,000 rpm and 123Nm of 10,000 rpm. The power delivery is now more linear. The motor has been tuned to offer better mid-range, making it easier to ride in real-world conditions. The 6-speed gearbox features a Ducati Quick Shift EVO (DQS EVO), the brand’s jargon for a bi-directional quick-shifter.
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Taming the ballistic Italian is the high-end electronic riding aid. The 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 gets three riding modes: Street, Sport and Race. It also features cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, launch control, and engine brake control.
Apart from regulating the said parameters, the 5-inch TFT display also lets you access phone calls, music, and messages through Ducati’s optional multimedia system.
The BS6 versions of the V4 and the V4S now use the same chassis as the V4R. It has been slightly tweaked for better handling and less on-track tyre stress.
The standard variant’s foundation is laid on a 43 mm Showa Big Piston Fork and Sachs monoshock (both fully adjustable). The Panigale V4S is sprung by an electronically adjustable Ohlins NIX-30 fork and Ohlins TTX36 rear shock absorber.
Dropping the anchor are twin 330 mm discs bitten by Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers and a single 245 mm disc with a 2-piston calliper at the rear.
The V4 gets 17-inch cast aluminium 5-spoke wheels shod with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires, whereas the V4S comes with lighter 3-spoke Marchesini forged aluminium wheels.
The 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4S ask for a hefty premium of around Rs 3 lakh over the previous model. The base variant retails at Rs 23,50,000 and the V4S will cost you Rs 28,40,000 (both ex-showroom, PAN India). The Italian supersports rival the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and BMW S 1000 RR.