Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike Specs Review

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

The Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike is an impressive sports bike that is best known for its superb performance and emotion. This Panigale V4 is the first mass-produced Ducati bike that comes with the four-cylinder engine, which is directly derived from MotoGP Desmosedici. It features sophisticated technology, ultimate styling, and outstanding performance. The 1103 cm3 displacement and 214 hp engine have made the new standard in the world of SuperSport production bike. The review of Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike with its specifications and pictures are given below.

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike – Features and Pictures

Engine Features

The Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike features the exceptional 90 degrees V4 layout engine. It is one of the best and latest generation of Desmodromic system engine that has been efficiently designed to provide the best riding experience. It features the small cylinder heads that achieves an outstanding degree of sophistication, lightness, and compactness that have never been seen before on Ducati superbikes.

Every component has been carefully designed and tested to operate safely at the higher revs. An all-new spark plug, which is kept smaller than the standard models, gives the best performance of all times. The four Desmosedici Stradale engine camshafts can easily control the sixteen valves, and the valve diameter has been kept at 34 mm in diameter and 27.5 mm on the exhaust.

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

In the Desmosedici system, the valves are closed mechanically with the same level of accuracy as they’re opened. This thing allows in achieving the steep cam profiles and radical cam timings that optimize intake and exhaust fluid dynamics to give ultimate level engine performance. Two silent timing chains control the camshafts. This engine uses the semi-dry sump lubrication with the deliver return stages that ensure sufficient lubrication of all moving parts.

The oil circulation system consists up of four pumps i.e., three recovery pumps and one provide lobe pump. The oil tank consists up of magnesium sump, which is attached with magnesium sump attached underneath the crankcase and it is connected to the gearbox, but it is separated from the crankcase.

The cooling system comprises up of water pump, and it is operated by the shaft, in turn, driven by the gear train. The high 6-speed gearbox has especially been designed for Desmosedici Stradale engine, and it features the rotary gear sensor to guarantee to have an optimal operation with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up and down. The sensor monitors the position of gear shift drum and gear shift forks with an extreme level of accuracy to guarantee precise gear selection. The hydraulically controlled wet clutch features 11 driving plates and the progressive self-servo mechanism that consists up of the friction plates.

Chassis Features

An all-new Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike features the compact, light and attractive chassis. It comes with a curb weight of 195 kg. The front frame has been developed using Desmodesdic Stradale engine as the load-bearing feature. This solution is an evolution of monocoque, and it was developed on the strength of experience gain by the engineers of Ducati in MotoGP. The front frame allows the torsional rigidity and lateral rigidity to be kept separate from obtaining an ediquate amount of response to the stress transmitted to the frame.

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike

The frame is made up of magnesium and shell-cast aluminum seat sub-frame secured to the front frame at the top, and it is screwed into the top of the rear cylinder head at the bottom. The rear suspension uses the rising-rate linkage mechanism that has been attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine via the forged aluminum element.
The suspension system consists up of 43 mm Showa Big Piston Forks (BPF), which is fully adjustable in the new spring pre-load and compression and rebound damping like in 2018 Ducati 1299 Superleggera Sports Bike.

The fork contains the chrome sliders with Brembo radial caliper. The Sachs steering damper completes the front-end package. The rear unit is fully adjustable Sachs shocks, which is fixed at one end of the Desmosedici Stradale by using forged aluminum element. This superbike is equipped with Ohlins NIX-30, Ohlins TTX36 rear shock and Ohlins steering damper with an event-based control system.

The wheels of Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike consist up of 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels and is made up of aluminum alloy wheels. The Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17 have been used at the front and revolutionary size 200/60 ZR 17 at the rear.

The braking system comprises up of new Brembo Style Monobloc calipers. The twin Brembo calipers feature the four 30 mm piston that grips 330 mm discs to achieve outstanding braking performance with single 245 mm disc and two-piston caliper at the rear. This system is supported by the ABS Cornering EVO system that uses extra-lightweight 9.1MP Bosch control unit.

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The Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike features the latest electronics that provides impressive performance. The electronic package includes:

  • ABS Cornering Bosch EVO
  • Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO)
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO (DQS EVO)
  • Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO)
  • Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO (DES EVO)

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike – Technical Specification


Type Desmosedici Stradale 90° V4, 4 Desmodromically actuated valve-per-cylinder, rearward-rotating crankshaft, liquid-cooled
Displacement 1,103 cc
Bore X stroke Ratios 81 mm x 53.5 mm
Compression ratio 14.0:1
Power 157.5 kW (214 hp) at 13,000 rpm
Torque 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) at 10,000 rpm
Fuel injection Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. The variable length intake system
Exhaust The 4-2-1-2 system, with two catalytic converters and two lambda probes
Gearbox Six-speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO
Primary drive Straight cut gears, Ratio 1.80:1
Ratios 1st=38/14, 2nd=36/17, 3rd=33/19, 4ft=32/21, 5ft=30/22, 6=30/24
Final drive Chain, Front sprocket 16 and Rear sprocket 41
Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper containing self-servo wet multi-plate clutch


Frame Aluminum alloy, “Front Frame.”
Front suspension Öhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork containing TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment having Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
Front wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50″ x 17″
Front tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment having Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminum single-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel 3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00″ x 17″
Rear tire Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Wheel travel (front/rear) 120 mm (4.7 inches) – 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Front brake 2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially attached Brembo Monobloc Stylema® (M4.30) 4-piston calipers containing Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Rear brake 245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
Instrumentation Last generation digital unit with 5″ TFT color display

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike Specs


Dry weight 174 kg (384 lb)
Kerb weight 195 kg (430 lb)
Seat height 830 mm (32.48 inches)
Wheelbase 1.469 mm (57,8 inches)
Rake 24,5°
Front wheel trail 100 mm (4 inches)
Fuel tank capacity 16 l – 4.23 gallon (US)
Number of seats Single seat


Warranty (months) 24 months of unlimited mileage


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


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

Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike


This review article provides the full details of new Ducati 2018 Panigale V4 Speciale Sports Bike, and it is covered under bikescatalog.com. This sports bike features the high performing engine that comes with the latest designed equipment and components. The chassis is light in weight and have been efficiently designed for high-speed rides. The suspension system ensures to have a smooth riding pleasure while the braking system offers the best stopping force under all conditions.