The 231bhp, 165kg Ducati Panigale V4 R Is Here

This lighter, more powerful version of the V4 forms the basis of Ducati's 2019 Superbike-class racer
The 231bhp, 165kg Ducati Panigale V4 R Is Here

It’s one of those days where we quietly ignore the ‘Car’ bit of ‘Car Throttle’. Why? Because there’s a new, tasty-looking two-wheeled machine we’re desperately trying not to dribble over, and we simply must tell you about it.

It’s the Ducati Panigale V4 R, which acts as the starting point for the famous Italian brand’s 2019 Superbike-class racing bikes. And at its core is…a smaller engine than the standard Panigale V4.

The 231bhp, 165kg Ducati Panigale V4 R Is Here

It’s all down to the displacement limits regulated by the World Superbike championship. Ducati has kept the bore of the standard Panigale V4 engine but changed the stroke using a new forged steel crankshaft, dropping the capacity by around 100cc to 998cc. Thanks to lightened internal components and wider throttle bodies, it’s actually slightly more powerful, producing 218bhp.

It’s lighter too, with a drop of 23kg meaning it tips the scales at a pithy 172kg. If you spec the ‘Race Kit’, which removes all the stuff the bike needs to be road legal and adds a very loud Akrapovič exhaust, that figure falls further to 165kg. Oh, and the power climbs to 231bhp.

The 231bhp, 165kg Ducati Panigale V4 R Is Here

The new aluminium front frame is the work of Ducati Corse motorsport engineers and is complemented by adjustable forks and a steering damper from Öhlins. The adjustable rear damper is the work of Öhlins too.

The bodywork has changed significantly from the standard V4’s, sprouting various aero devices including a reshaped windscreen, new fairings with air extractors, and carbonfibre “aerodynamic appendices” modelled on those found on the GP16 MotoGP bike. All of this increases stability “in all riding phases,” which means it’s possible to “reduce the intervention of electronic controls and increase rider confidence,” Ducati says.

The 231bhp, 165kg Ducati Panigale V4 R Is Here

Speaking of which, the V4 R still has plenty of electronic skullduggery going on to keep you upright. Features include a Cornering ABS function - which allows you to grab a bit handful of front brake even when leaned over - traction control, wheelie control, and slide control. A new addition to the suite of ‘leccy bits is the pit lane speed limiter.

Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but you can expect a hefty increase on the £23,895 Ducati charges for the regular V4 with Öhlins suspension.


Burnout🔰(Rotary Fighter)(SaveCT)

I’ve never been this attracted to a bike….

11/05/2018 - 09:17 |
20 | 0

Teach your kids to count bikes when you travel. That way when they grow up and drive themselves, they will be more aware of bikes in traffic.
Hopefully, doing this long enough and often enough and loud enough, will cultivate a driving culture where bikers are also seen and respected [respect going both ways of course] - ALLOWING US TO SEE MORE OF THESE MAGNIFICENTLY BEAUTIFUL MACHINES ON THE ROAD.

11/05/2018 - 09:21 |
122 | 0

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

I don’t like bikes.

11/05/2018 - 10:47 |
12 | 108
Dave 12

Been there, done that. Got the brain damage to show for it! Nice bike though…

11/05/2018 - 09:32 |
10 | 18
Adam Peterson

Anyone know anything about an A2 panagale? A 353?

11/05/2018 - 10:08 |
2 | 0

You can get a monster with a2, but not a panigale

11/05/2018 - 18:43 |
0 | 0

I think this year you can order the supersport with 95hp and restrict it to 48… it’s a little expensive though 😅

11/05/2018 - 22:12 |
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TurboToddler (Straight-five)

WRX levels of power on a bike sounds terrifying

11/05/2018 - 10:16 |
78 | 0

Can confirm.

11/05/2018 - 11:13 |
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TheDriver 1


11/05/2018 - 11:00 |
0 | 14

Woah… Is that a red motorized bicycle?

11/05/2018 - 11:34 |
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Dante Verna

This thing is so cool. It really makes me think we need more V4s, regardless of what they’re put in.

11/05/2018 - 12:11 |
2 | 0

Tbh. The bike is beautiful, but v4 sound terrible.

11/05/2018 - 18:45 |
0 | 16

Never did I know money can buy a gate to other dimensions

11/05/2018 - 13:21 |
20 | 0

For example, Heaven, if you don’t know what you’re doing 😂

11/06/2018 - 07:07 |
14 | 0

i’m all for illogical power to weight ratios, a la 500hp Austin mini, but 231hp in something that tips the scales at less than most Americans is a bit too much even for me.

11/05/2018 - 15:40 |
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