Ducati released its updated Panigale V4 platform last year in V4 and V4 S mode, and amongst the changes was a tweaked electronics package that made the superbike easier to ride for non-racers. Now the boys from Bologna have released the ultimate (or an ultimate) version of the bike, the Panigale V4 SP2.
At its heart is the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, good for 210 horsepower at 12,500 rpm and 122Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm.
For more goodness, a full-titanium Akrapovic system is on offer that rids the bike of a further 5kg, and boosts output to 228 horsepower and torque to 131Nm.
Four power modes are on offer, for taming or unleashing the beast within. True to Panigale form is a minimalist aluminum front frame that incorporates the Desmosedici Stradale engine as a stressed member.
Special SP2 features include lightweight carbon fibre wheels that are said to reduce inertia by 26 per cent up front and 46 per cent at the rear, translating to added agility in the turns and when flip flopping from one side to the other, like through a chicane.
Slowing the show are Brembo Stylema R calipers and the top shelf Brembo MCS radial master cylinder for sterling control under heavy braking. A special anti-hopping dry clutch developed for use in World Superbikes allows aggressive downshifts prior to corner entry.
Suspension is by Ohlins NPX25/30 forks and TTX36 rear shock, comprising the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 system. Other items include Rizoma adjustable footpegs, a carbon fibre heel guard, a pair of track oriented Race modes, and Ducati Data Analyser.
Finally, changing from street to track set-up is simplified with a license plate holder removal cover and mirror hole covers.
There’s just the single-seat set-up, of course, while there’s also just the single colourway, of black and red, with a brushed aluminium finish for the fuel tank.
It’s a limited production run, and the SP2 is likely to cost around $60k locally, with delivery by year’s end.