Ducati reveals V4-powered Streetfighter

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Words: Nile Bijoux
17 Jun 2019

Ducati has officially taken patched a hole in its model sheet, reirthing the Streetfighter tag, marking the Italian firm’s entrance into the supernaked fight.

Powered by a retuned version of Ducati’s Desmo Stradale 1100cc V4 engine, the Streetfighter is essentially an unfaired Panigale V4 with higher, wider handlebars, but retaining the winglets. The face of the bike is a smaller version of what’s found on the Panigale while the lines hark back to the original Streetfighter 1098.

Output will likely differ from the claimed 159kW/124Nm, with less top-end power but more midrange poke.

"The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020," declared Claudio Domenicali, CEO of the famed Italian brand.

"Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production."

Expect at least two versions, a base model and an ‘S’ version that ramps up the quality of some components, as well as the price.

Speaking of, we’re hoping the Streetfighter will land here with a similar price to Aprilia’s 1100 Tuono, which retails for $26k for the base model and $29k for fancier Factory version.

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