In the run-up to the EICMA international motorcycle show, Ducati has added two new models to its Streetfighter family, with the introduction of the Streetfighter V2 and Streetfighter V4 SP models.
The former (directly above) is the new gateway to the Streetfighter family whereas the V4 SP is a limited run series top-of-the-range Streetfighter, further improving the power-to-weight ratio.
The new Streetfighter V2 is a sports naked for those wanting the sporting essence of the Panigale V2 and the attitude of the Streetfighter. The result is an “easy-to-handle supernaked with the right dose of power to ensure feisty performance and maximum riding fun.”
Weighing 178kg dry it is powered by the 955 cc 153hp Superquadro engine which acts as a major chassis element. Borrowing styling elements from the V4 Streetfighter, this new model gets a distinctive V-shaped headlight, evidently inspired by the grin of the Joker. No, really.
Ergonomics are said to be a mix of sportiness and comfort. High and wide aluminium handlebars replace the risers of the Panigale V2. The saddle is also wider and has extra padding while the footpegs have been repositioned to increase the amount of foot room. These factors enable both sporty riding and ease of use.
The Euro 5-compliant 955 engine kicks out 153hp at 10,750rpm and the torque peak of 101Nm arrives at 9000 rpm. This engine works just as well then on road as on track, thanks to a shorter final ratio than the Panigale V2 for extra responsiveness.
The single-sided swingarm connected to the engine is 16mm longer than that of the Panigale V2, ensuring extra stability. Up front are 43mm Showa Big Piston front forks while a Sachs monoshock helps ensure road riding comfort and sufficient adjustability for track work.
Other features include full LED headlights and 4.3-inch TFT dashboard, five-spoke wheels with Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV tyres and Brembo’s M4-32 braking system as found on the Panigale V2, only with slightly softer brake pads.
A six-axis IMU inertial platform oversees electronic safety aspects such as ABS Cornering EVO with “slide by brake” functionality, Ducati Traction and Wheelie Control, Ducati Quick Shift up/down and Engine Brake Control.
Three ride modes, Sport, Road, and Wet offer dedicated control settings.
The bike comes in Ducati Red with black rims. Accessories include wings for enhanced track performance (added downforce, not for flying).
And the other new model is the range-topping Streetfighter V4 SP (Sports Production), now even more effective on the track.
Weighing 196kg wet, 3kg less compared than the V4 S, the Matt Black of the fairings combines with the Matt Carbon finish of rims and wings, contrasting with the bright red accents and the brushed aluminum tank finish. The build number is emblazoned on the handlebars.
Carbon rims reduce inertia at both ends, resulting in a more agile and lighter bike, apparent especially when changing direction. Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers guarantee superlative braking power, even during extended use on track.
Up front are Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 forks with adaptive damping and these along with biplane wings ensure optimum performance in sporty use.
The Euro 5-ready 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 spits out 208hp and 123Nm at 9500 rpm. A dry clutch with anti-hopping function is standard.
Special equipment includes adjustable aluminum CNC-machined footpegs, a carbon front mudguard, lithium-ion battery and a range of accessories for the track days.
The Streetfighter V4 SP is aimed at those who want to rule the track riding a supernaked motorcycle.
Both models should be available here around Q2 of next year. Given Ducati doesn’t seem to offer press rides any longer for Kiwi journalists, you will have to rely on overseas impressions of these newbies.