Part of Ducati’s DNA is v-twin sport bikes, including v-twin superbikes. Arguably, through product differentiation, Ducati has at least one market advantage when competing for consumer sport bike dollars.
Several press outlets are stating Ducati has confirmed a production V4 superbike is imminent based on technology developed in MotoGP (where Ducati does race a V4 prototype). I don’t read the quotes from Ducati reps at the recent MotoGP team launch quite the same way (i.e., I think a production V4 is being considered, and nothing more), and I suspect Ducati is concerned about the topic discussed in the first paragraph above.
Should Ducati develop a production V4 superbike, racing homologation would require it to be 1000cc … squarely competing with other four-cylinder superbikes, including the existing V4 produced by Aprilia. Agruably, doing so could damage Ducati’s brand, and I am sure this is one issue being considered by Ducati management before introducing a V4 to the public. As a side note, the current v-twin superbike raced in WSB (which is allowed 1200cc of displacement) is more than competitive … Chaz Davies won more races than anyone else last year on one.
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments’ section below. You can also take a look at this video produced by Ducati in conjunction with the 2017 MotoGP launch:
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