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2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike Review Specs

The new Panigale V4 Special extends the range of Italian sports motorcycles. Panigale V4 is a unique and vital chapter in the history of Ducati, a “symphony” of performance and emotion that is entirely Italian. The Panigale V4 is the first large-scale Ducati motorbike to be built with a 4-cylinder engine based on the MotoGP Desmosedici.

The Panigale V4 is a motorcycle. A motorcycle that opens a new exciting chapter in the history of Ducati, a new “symphony” of all Italian performances and emotions. The Panigale V4 is the first Ducati motorbike with a four-cylinder engine, derived directly from the MotoGP Desmosedici.

It is the culmination of Ducati’s technology, design, and performance. This motorcycle sets a new milestone in the supersport production bike market, with an engine of 1,103 cm3, 214 horsepower, and a power/weight ratio of 1.1 hp/kg. For 2019, it is also available in the new Lever course, inspired by the colors of MotoGP motorcycles.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

The Panigale V4 replaces the Classic 1299 at the top of the Ducati Superbike line, which adds to the performance and capability to provide endless fun and excitement to riders of all skill levels.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike – Features


Gray frames and black wheels combine to create a “special” color.

The Panigale V4 S has the same basic features as the V4 S, except:

Carbon fiber front and rear mudguards. Top gamble is made of solid steel with an identification number. Set made from Alcantara®. Handle with a dedicated grip. Foot pegs that can be adjusted. The heel guard is made of carbon fiber. Swinging arm with carbon fiber cover. Racing lever with the statement.

Desmosedici Stradale, the new Ducati V4 engine

The 90-degree V4 is the ultimate racing engine featuring the 90-degree V4 management and is considered by Ducati to be the highest level of motorcycle engine sports performance. Not surprisingly, Desmosedici MotoGP engines use the same solution. The 90-degree V-management automatically smoothes the first-order forces without the need for a balancing countershaft to prevent vibration, which, as is well known, increases the weight and reduces the pressure. This significant advantage, essential for the reliance and mechanical performance of the review engine up to 14,000 rpm, is one of the many that make this Ducati’s chosen design technically the best imaginable.

The lateral compactness of the V arrangement provides better mass centralization and minimizes the bike’s frontal cross-section compared to the traditional inline 4. These factors are essential in improving motorbike dynamics, making it easier and faster to change directions. The water pump and an out-sized air box (12.8 liters) are housed inside the V, giving the Desmosedici Stradale more extraordinary breathing ability.

Light and Compact

Collaboration with Ducati Corse has resulted in a smaller, lighter, higher-performance engine. Ducati’s engine team has meticulously designed and developed Power Delivery, which provides top-notch performance as well as enjoying the ride on the road.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

With a weight of 64.9 kg, the Desmosedici Stradale is only 2.2 kg heavier than the 1,285 cm3 Superquadro twin, which proves the importance of light weight in all Ducati projects.

The engine compartments are connected horizontally and are made of gravity diecast aluminum. Four Naxal-coated aluminum cylinder liners are placed in the upper half of the crankcase, which guarantees wear protection and low friction.

Counter-Rotating Crankshaft

On a standard factory bike, the crankshaft rotates in the same direction as the wheels. Instead, anti-rotating crankshafts that rotate in opposite directions are standard in Moto GP. For the same reasons that this top-level racing solution was initially used in the competition, Ducati engineers have adapted it. Its benefits are based on two principles of physics: gyroscopic effect and inertia.

A counter-rotating crankshaft reduces the gyroscopic effect caused by moving wheels, improves handling and makes the bike more agile by changing direction.

The engagement of the vehicle (the tendency of an object to resist any change in its condition) and the elements of a rotating engine provide another advantage.

Twin Pulse Ignition

The combination of 70 ° crank pin offset with 90 ° V configuration creates what Ducati calls the “Twin Pulse” firing order, which mimics the firing sequence of a twin-cylinder engine. The two cylinders of the left hand, as well as the two cylinders of the right hand, burn together, which makes the difference between them. Thus the ignition points on the timing chart are 0 °, 90 °, 290 °, and 380. The firing sequence of the V4 is what makes it sound like MotoGP Desmosedici.

Suppose we imagine a cycle starting at 0; the front cylinder on the alternator side fires first. The rear cylinder on the same sideburns only after 90-degree rotation.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

Variable Intake System

The Desmosedici Stradale engine’s air intake system consists of four oval throttle bodies (equivalent to 52 mm in diameter) and variable-height air intake horns, the first for the Ducati engine. This technique improves the volume of cylinders throughout the range, significantly improving power transmission and handling.

Air intake horns adopt a design that lengthens or shortens the ducts as a change of rpm and the power applied by the rider, improving the fluid dynamics of the pressure waves that pass through the chimney.

Latest-generation Desmodromic system

Desmodromic design plays a vital role in the performance of the Desmosedici Stradale, as it does on other Ducati engines. The Desmodromic system at Desmosedici Stradale introduces new, tiny parts, allowing for the creation of little cylinder heads, the level of complexity, lightness, and compactness never seen before on the Ducati. Every system component has been developed and certified to work securely at the highest RPM that V4 can achieve. Newer spark plugs, which are smaller than most common types, also contribute to the compactness of the cylinder heads.

Semi-Dry Sump Lubrication

Desmosedici Stradale, like the MotoGP engines, works to lubricate semi-dry-sump with supply and return phases to ensure all moving components are correctly lubricated.

Four pumps comprise the oil circulation system: one delivery lobe pump and three recovery pumps. The other two-lobe pumps ensure efficient oil recovery in all conditions, keeping the crankcase zone under the piston in a controlled, constant low-pressure condition and thus reducing air losses (i.e., through the air). Absorption of strength due to aerodynamic resistance and spraying oil in ear rod casing).

Gearbox and Clutch

The new 6-speed gearbox is specially designed for the Desmosedici Stradale engine and has a rotary gear sensor for the entire operation using the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up and down.

To guarantee the correct gear selection, the sensor measures the position of the gear shift drum and, consequently, the gear shift fork with greater accuracy. As a result, a technique can be applied that restores the torque transmission only after the gear shift has been completed, reducing the excessive pressure of the gear mesh and ensuring that the modifications Always be complete, accurate and fast.

Shapes Modelled on Mechanics

Ducati Design Center created the new Panigale V4, using the stylistic aspects of the 1299 Panigale, and developed them into a powerful machine with smooth surfaces and great features. This aesthetic was created using three standard racing model guidelines: simplicity of design, integration of components, and strength provided by surface treatment. Improved aerodynamic performance achieved through wind tunnel testing by Ducati Corse engineers has added a special touch to this project.

Sophisticated Suspension

The Showa Big Piston Forks (BPF) on the Panigale V4 have a diameter of 43 mm and can be fully adjusted in pre-spring load, compression, and rebound damping. Chrome sliders with Brembo radial caliper mounting are housed in the fork body. The front-end cut is completed with a sex steering damper. The rear shock of the Sachs is fully adjustable and is connected to the Desmosedici Stradale by a forged aluminum element at one end.

The Panigale V4 S and Panigale V4 are equipped with special Ohlins NIX-30 forks, Ohlins TTX36 rear shock, and Ohlins steering dampers, all controlled by an event-based system.

Wheels and Tyres

The Panigale V4 has 5-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels, while the Panigale V4 S and Special have 5-spoke forged aluminum-alloy wheels.

The new Panigale V4 was developed in collaboration with Pirelli and is the first motorbike to have the new Pirelli DIABLOTM Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 in front and the 200/60 ZR 17 in the rear as factory equipment. The latest edition of the DIABLOTM Supercorsa SP, in the new 200/60 ZR 17 size, is a pioneer in the world of racing replica tires, having previously been a great choice at the FIM World Superbike Championships.

Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO)

The EBC (engine brake control) system was designed to assist riders in maximizing vehicle stability in extreme turning conditions to balance the forces applied to the rear tires during severe Desmosedici Stradale engine brakes. ۔ Under tight braking, the Panigale V4 EBC EVO monitors throttle position, selected gear, and crankshaft deceleration rate and fine-tunes throttle opening to balance the compressive torque on the tire, which is improved based on the lean angle. In riding modes, the EBC EVO can be adjusted in three different settings.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike – Technical Specifications


Type Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically
Displacement 1,103cc
Bore X stroke 81 mm x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio 14.0:1
Power 157.5 kW (214 hp) @ 13,000 rpm
Torque 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) @ 10,000 rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Entire ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. The variable-length intake system
Exhaust 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters & two lambda probes
Gearbox 6-speed features Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
Primary drive Straight cut gears; Ratios: 1.80:1
Final drive Chain; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41
Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper & self-servo wet multi-plate clutch


Frame Aluminum alloy
Front suspension Öhlins NIX30 43mm of the fully adjustable fork features TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment features Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
Front-wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.5″ x 17″
Front tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression & rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminum solo-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6″ x 17″
Rear tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear) 120mm (4.7 in) – 130mm (5.1 in)
Front brake 2 x 330mm of semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston calipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper features Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Instrumentation Last generation digital unit with 5-inch TFT color display

Dimension and Weight

Dry weight 174 kg (384 lb)
Kerb weight 195 kg (430 lb)
Seat height 830 mm (32.7 in)
Wheelbase 1.469 mm (57,8 in)
Rake 24.5°
Front-wheel trail 100 mm (3,94 in)
Fuel tank capacity 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)
Number of seats Single-seat
Safety equipment 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
Standard equipment 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 the identification number, Alcantara® seat, Dedicated handle grips, Adjustable foot pegs, Carbon fiber heel guard, Carbon fiber cover swinging arm, Racing articulated levers, Brake level protection
Additional equipment 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
Ready for Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) and anti-theft


Warranty (months) 24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance (km/months) 12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
Valve clearance adjustment (km) 24,000 km (15,000 mi)

Emission Standards

Standard Euro 4
Consumption Consumption = 6,9 l/100km
CO2 Emissions CO2 = 165 g/km

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