Ducati’s “symphony of performance and emotions” is called the Panigale V4, and it’s a new chapter in the company’s history that’s 100 percent Italian. First-ever mass-produced Ducati bike with a 4-cylinder engine, closely derived from MotoGP’s Desmosedici. The Panigale V4. It’s the Panigale V4. “Symphony of Italian Performance and Emotion” is the name of this new chapter in the Ducati story. An engine derived directly from MotoGP’s Desmosedici four-cylinder engine powers the 2019 Panigale V4 Speciale Ducati Sports Bike. It’s a total of Ducati technology, style, and management. When it comes to the supersport production bike market, this bike establishes new standards with an engine displacement of 1,103 cm3 and power-to-weight ratios of 1.1 horsepower/kilogram. It will also be available in 2019 in the new livery Corse, inspired by the colors of MotoGP motorcycles.
2019 Panigale V4 Speciale Ducati Sports Bike – Features and Price
New Ducati V4 Engine
Ducati’s 90-degree V4 layout as the pinnacle of motorcycle engine performance for racing and off-road use. It’s no accident that Desmosedici MotoGP engines use the same solution. Rather than relying on a countershaft to eliminate vibration, the 90-degree V layout evens out first-order forces naturally without the need for a countershaft, which is known to increase weight and drain power. Among the numerous advantages that make this Ducati-selected design the most technically sophisticated feasible, this critical benefit is critical to the dependability and mechanical efficiency of an engine that can rev as high as 14,000 rpm.
The V arrangement’s lateral compactness allows for better mass centralization and reduces the bike’s frontal cross-section compared to a classic in-line 4. In addition, the gyroscopic effect is lessened because the crankshaft is shorter than the standard one. These factors contribute to the motorcycle’s overall performance, making it more agile and responsive while changing directions. With plenty of capacity within the V, the Desmosedici Stradale may benefit from an extra-large airbox (12.8 liters) as well as a more extensive water pump.
Every Ducati is built on a solid foundation of engine and chassis synergy. To mimic the Ducati engines used in MotoGP, the Desmosedici Stradale is banked backward 42 degrees. Allows for more oversized radiators and a swingarm pivot that is as close to the front of the vehicle as feasible.
As a structural chassis component, the Desmosedici Stradale was created. Front and rear cylinder bank heads have been designed to accommodate the primary frame attachment points. In addition, the crankcase serves as a mounting point for the rear suspension and swingarm of the vehicle in motion.
Light and compact
As a result of collaboration with Ducati Corse, a highly efficient, lightweight, and compact engine has been created. Ducati’s engine team has meticulously designed and developed a power delivery that maximizes road riding enjoyment while providing top track performance.
A tiny 2.2 kilograms more than the 1,285 cm3 Superquadro, the 64.9 kg Desmosedici Stradale demonstrates Ducati’s dedication to lightweight.
An aluminum gravity die casting is used for the engine casings, and they’re bolted together horizontally. The four Nikasil-coated aluminum cylinder liners are incorporated into the upper crankcase half, guaranteeing wear prevention and reduced friction.
Oil and low-attrition compression rings cover the 81 mm diameter pistons that slip inside the liners. Molded aluminum pistons are equipped with a “box in a box” design, which helps to decrease wear and inertia while still providing the essential rigidity and strength.
In addition to its racing-inspired appearance, this engine has a compression ratio of 14:1. Forged steel con rods with a center-to-center measurement of 101.8 mm connect the pistons.
On the Desmosedici engines used in MotoGP, the crankshaft is mounted on brass bushings and spins on three supports. It is composed of nitride steel with crankpins ground twice and offset at 70 degrees.
Because of the V engine configuration and the unique shape of the shaft, a peculiar ignition sequence is known as “Twin Pulse” is possible. To reduce overall weight, die-cast magnesium is used for all engine casings. The cam covers, oil sump, alternator cover, and two-piece clutch cover utilize the same material.
Latest-generation Desmodromic system
The Desmodromic design on the Desmosedici Stradale is as essential as on all other Ducati engines. A completely revised, miniaturized Desmodromic technology has been used on the Desmosedici Stradale, allowing the fabrication of incredibly tiny cylinder heads that have never previously been seen on a Ducati. We’ve made sure every part of the system can handle the high rpm the V4 can produce. Also contributing to the compactness of the cylinder heads are new, smaller-sized spark plugs.
Given the 81 mm bore of the Desmosedici Stradale, the valve sizes on the intake and exhaust are 34 mm on inputs and 27.5 mm on exhausts. Sintered steel is used for the valve seats.
A standard spring arrangement would be insufficient for the V4’s high rpm and huge valves since the valves could not follow the steep cam profiles. As a result, the Desmodromic system is a need. Valve closing is done mechanically with the same precision as valve opening. A vertical cam profile and extreme timings optimize intake and exhaust fluid dynamics, allowing increased performance.
Two “silent” timing chains operate the camshafts. It is via a set of gears that the exhaust camshaft is powered by a chain that powers the intake camshaft (hybrid chain-cog timing). Whereas in front timing, a belt drives the intake camshaft, a chain drives both. To improve performance and reliability, this method reduces the amount of timing power absorbed. An engine crankshaft gear is used to move a right-hand chain, which is used to adjust front-cylinder timing through the crankshaft. Rear cylinder timing is controlled by a load on the crankshaft located on the engine’s left side. To avoid any combustion shock, an “anti-knocking” sensor is installed in each cylinder head.
The water pump in the engine ‘V’ is powered by a gear train that drives a shaft. The purpose of this placement strategy is to reduce the size of the circuit, increase efficiency, and lighten the engine’s weight.
Gearbox and clutch
Designed for the Desmosedici Stradale engine, the 6-speed gearbox features a rotating gear sensor that ensures proper operation of the DQS up and downshifts.
To ensure precise gear selection, the sensor measures the exact position of the gear shift drum and, as a result, the gear shift forks. As a result, shifts are always complete, precise, and swift, preventing any unnecessary stress on the gear mesh and thus ensuring a smooth transition.
There are 11 driving plates in the hydraulically operated wet clutch and a progressive self-servo system that automatically compresses and disengages the clutch when the motorcycle is under engine power.
The result is a more “rider-friendly” and “light” clutch lever “feel” while improving frictional efficiency. With the extra advantage of a super-responsive lever, the same system minimizes friction plate pressure for a pure racing “slipper” motion while also decreasing rear-end destabilization during rapid downshifting.
Long maintenance intervals
Despite its superior performance, the Super Quadro’s valve clearance inspection and adjustment (Desmo Service) period remain 24,000 kilometers (15,000 miles). In comparison, the regular service intervals stay at 12 months/12,000 kilometers (12 months/12,000 kilometers per year) (7,500 miles).
2019 Panigale V4 Speciale Ducati Sports Bike – Price
The new 2019 Panigale V4 Speciale Ducati Sports Bike is available at $39,995 only.
2019 Panigale V4 Speciale Ducati Sports Bike – Technical Specifications
|Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically
|Bore X stroke
|81 mm x 53.5 mm
|157.5 kW (214 hp) at 13,000 rpm
|124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) at 10,000 rpm
|Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Entire ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. The variable-length intake system
|4-2-1-2 system, having two catalytic converters and two lambda probes
|Six speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
|Straight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1
|Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41
|Hydraulically controlled slipper & self-servo wet multiplate clutch
|Aluminum alloy “Front Frame.”
|Öhlins NIX30 43mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment having Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
|3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50-inch x 17-inch
|Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
|Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment including Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
|3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6-inch x 17-inch
|Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
|Wheel travel (front/rear)
|120mm (4.7 inches) – 130mm (5.1 inches)
|2 x 330mm of semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston calipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
|245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
|Last generation digital unit having 5″ TFT color display
|174 kg (384 lb)
|195 kg (430 lb)
|830 mm (32.7 in)
|1.469 mm (57,8 in)
|100 mm (3,94 in)
|Fuel tank capacity
|16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)
|Number of seats
|Riding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tire calibration
|Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminum forged wheels, Carbon fiber front/rear mudguards, Machined-from-solid top yoke with an identification number, Alcantara® seat, Dedicated handle grips, Adjustable footpegs, Carbon fiber heel guard, Carbon fiber cover swinging arm, Racing articulated levers, Brake level protection
|Ducati Performance by Akrapovic Titanium full-racing exhaust system, Racing windshield, Machined mirror block-off plates, License plate mount removal plug, Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Racing fuel tank cap, Paddock bike cover
|Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft
|24 months unlimited mileage
|12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
|Valve clearance adjustment (km)
|24,000 km (15,000 mi)
|Consumption = 6,9 l/100km
|CO2 = 165 g/km