2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 First Look


The beast in its natural environment. Ducati’s new Panigale V4 SP2 is fully street legal, but designed to be the ultimate trackday thrill ride.

The beast in its pure surroundings. Ducati’s new Panigale V4 SP2 is absolutely avenue authorized, however, designed to be the final word track day thrill journey. (Ducati/)

Is a Ducati much less of a Ducati if it’s not Ducati pink? Not if it’s the brand new Panigale V4 SP2. Actually, the alternative is true; the SP2′s matte black end establishes a direct connection to Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bikes. Consider it as a “winter-test stealth” color scheme and also you’ll get the image.

Within the Ducati lexicon, the “SP” within the bike’s identify stands for Sport Manufacturing. Based mostly on the 2022 Panigale V4 S, the brand new SP2 naturally incorporates all of the technical enhancements introduced final November for the S mannequin, plus far more. The 1,103cc four-cylinder engine (81mm bore, 53.5mm stroke, 14.0:1 compression ratio) delivers 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm and 91.2 pound-feet of torque at 9,500 rpm in Euro 5 homologated kind, whereas the EPA-compliant configuration shaves only a whisker, making 210 hp at 12,500 rpm.

Couched low on its premium Öhlins suspension, the Panigale V4 SP2 looks as purposeful as a cruise missile.

Couched low on its premium Öhlins suspension, the Panigale V4 SP2 appears as purposeful as a cruise missile. (Ducati/)

The current Euro 5 desmo V-4 represents a spectacular mixture of very excessive peak energy at extraordinarily excessive revs together with large torque maxing out at 3,500 under most horsepower.

That 3,500 rev vary provides it a really exploitable efficiency envelope. And contemplate that basically centered riders can safely push the engine deep into the redline, all the way in which as much as 14,500 rpm the place they’ll be rewarded with an extra 2.5 hp, if they honestly want it.

All in all, the Panigale V4 S engine is carefully associated to the 1-liter models that energy Ducati manufacturing facility machines in World Superbike.

Unique SP2 Upgrades

Let’s discover a number of the SP2′s extra tasty bits. First, it presents an STM-Evo SBK dry clutch instead of the common oil-bath moist clutch. The STM-Evo unit is straight derived from Ducati’s World Superbike racers.

The design ensures superior anti-hop efficiency, and riders can additionally tune it with a range from Ducati’s particular components listing, permitting them to customize tailor the clutch’s spring preload. The bike’s closing drive makes use of a lighter, 520-type chain.

The SP2’s dry clutch is just the start of the exotica. Ducati also makes a selection of springs, so you can fine-tune clutch preload.

The SP2’s dry clutch is simply the beginning of the exotica. Ducati additionally makes a number of springs, so you possibly can fine-tune clutch preload. (Ducati/)

The Panigale V4 SP2′s vastly improved chassis settings and lighter weight are the bike’s different principal virtues. Carbon wheels exchange Panigale V4 S’s forged-aluminum equivalents, considerably decreasing unsprung mass by about three kilos every.

The carbon wheels additionally cut back gyroscopic impact, and naturally, naturally add an additional contact of exclusivity. Wheel dimension doesn’t change and is nonetheless the customary 17 x 3.50 entrance and 17 x 6.00 rear, mounted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires, 120/70-17 and 200/60-17 fore and aft.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it. Nothing shows off the SP2’s delicious carbon wheels like the bike’s single-sided swingarm.

When you’ve received it, flaunt it. Nothing exhibits off the SP2’s scrumptious carbon wheels just like the bike’s single-sided swingarm. (Ducati/)

Suspension additionally will get top-level upgrades. On the entrance, a 43mm male-slider Öhlins NPX 25/30 fork encompasses a pressurized-nitrogen-cartridge damping system, once more derived from Ducati’s racing forks.

On the rear, the Öhlins TTX 36 shock is electronically linked to the fork and managed by the brand new Sensible EC 2.0 energetic administration system.

The system makes use of OBTI logic that works by “targets” and never by clicks, permitting the rider to handle tuning in a way more intuitive manner.

The Brembo brakes are one step above the system adopted on the Panigale V4 S. The SP2′s entrance brake options are the most recent racing-derived Stylema R four-piston radial-mount calipers gripping 330mm rotors.

Bosch ABS Cornering Evo gives digital management, a part of the entire electronics suite derived from the Panigale V4 S.

Brembo Stylema S four-piston calipers grip 330mm front discs.

Brembo Stylema S four-piston calipers grip 330mm entrance discs. (Ducati/)

Instrumentation is particular for the V4 SP2 and features a GPS module as customary gear, enabling a computerized lap-time performance. The selectable using modes are identical as on the V4 S; Race A, Race B, Sport, and Road.

The chassis stays unchanged, with a cast-aluminum “house body” utilizing the engine as a confused member. Steering geometry is as anticipated: 24.5 levels of rake, 3.9 inches of the path, 57.8-inch wheelbase.

Particular consideration has been dedicated to the swingarm pivot location to acquire a pure anti-squat impact for higher acceleration out of corners. Dry weight is all the way down to 381 kilos.

Clean, purposeful, and pure Italian in its design, the SP2’s cockpit is an office view you won’t tire of. Check out the limited-edition serial number on the top triple clamp.

Clear, purposeful, and pure Italian in its design, the SP2’s cockpit is a workplace view you received tired of. Take a look at the limited-edition serial quantity on the highest triple clamp. (Ducati/)

Prepared for the Observe

Because the Panigale V4 SP2 is meant to be the final word track day bike, the mirrors and license plate holder are all fast launched.

The clutch and brake levers are lightened and micro-adjustable, as are the foot controls and pegs. All are machined from aluminum billet, as are the triple clamps.

Whereas on that topic, every Panigale V4 SP2 is serially numbered in a restricted version, that quantity engraved into the highest clamp.

Without a doubt, this has to be one of the cleanest exhaust and muffler executions we’ve ever seen.

For sure, this needs to be one of many cleanest exhaust and muffler executions we’ve ever seen. (Ducati/)

Naturally, for observed use, the street-homologated exhaust and mufflers may be changed with a particular Akrapovič system.

Executed in titanium, the distinctive 4-into-2 is 11 kilos lighter and drops the dry weight to 370 kilos whereas bumping engine output as much as 228 hp and 96.6 pound-feet of torque.

All this helps make the Panigale V4 SP2 an official street-legal track-ready superbike you possibly can develop with, in addition to one of the crucial refined Ducatis out there right now.

Plenty of other bikes try for the all-black “murdered out” look, but few pull it off as elegantly as the SP2.

Loads of different bikes strive for the all-black “murdered out” look, however, few pull it off as elegantly because of the SP2. (Ducati/)


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