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Ducati Introduces Super-Premium Panigale V4 SP2

If you are looking for the ultimate turn-key track weapon, Ducati may have just introduced it in the form of the Panigale V4 SP2. This bike seems to have every performance upgrade imaginable, from carbon fiber wheels to a dry clutch and even a super-light 520 chain.

This 225 horsepower track weapon will set you back $39,500, but you will need to get your pre-order in beginning this March for the “numbered edition” bike. Below is the press release from Ducati as well as two videos on this exclusive model.

  • The Panigale V4 SP2 is the top-of-the-range model for Ducati super sports bikes: a special, exciting version for track riding, even more intuitive and less strenuous also for non-professional riders
  • Carbon fibre rims, Brembo Stylema R® brake calipers, MCS radial master cylinder, dry clutch, 520 chain, billet footpegs and a specific kit for track use: the “SP” technical specifications push to the maximum the racing characteristics of the Panigale V4 and accompany all the improvements made on the 2022 version
  • Produced in a numbered series, the Panigale V4 SP2 is characterized by the “Winter Test” livery and a series of carbon fibre details

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy),10 March 2022 – In the ninth and final episode of the Ducati World Première 2022 web series, Ducati unveiled the new Panigale V4 SP2 to enthusiasts: a special motorcycle in a numbered series, designed to fully experience the passion for riding on the track, further raising the performance of the Panigale V4.

The Ducati Panigale family is the maximum expression of the continuous exchange of information and technology from the world of racing to production bikes and with each new version it continues its evolution year after year, just as it happens with the Ducati Corse prototypes. The “SP2” is the model with which Ducati brings to the peak the sportiness of the Panigale V4 , the 2022 version of which has taken the most significant evolutionary step since its inception, improving in every aspect: aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics.

The Panigale V4 SP2 stands out for its equipment with the typical technical specifications of the abbreviation “SP” (Sport Production) which are combined with all the improvements made by Ducati engineers on the Panigale V4 2022 to create the most high-performing Panigale ever.
The “SP2” version has an even more powerful braking system, lightweight carbon rims, final drive and dry clutch inherited from the WorldSBK bikes, racing footpegs and a series of carbon components. The bike is also delivered with a kit for track use, which includes billet aluminium caps for the removal of rear-view mirrors*, kit for removing the license plate holder* and open carbon clutch cover*. 
The result is “The Ultimate Racetrack Machine”: a special model, ideal for the non-professional rider who wishes to experience track days challenging his own records.

The Panigale V4 SP2 is characterized by the “Winter Test” livery, in which the matt black of the fairings is combined with the matt carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasting with the bright red accents and the brilliance of the exposed brushed aluminium tank. The wings with double profile design are embellished with the Italian flag which also appears on the official Panigale V4 R SBK. The lower part of the fairing is distinguished by the presence of the Ducati Corse logo in the area of ​​the new hot air extractors and by a red detail bearing the name of the bike, also present on the black saddle in double material. The steering head is machined from solid and shows the progressive number of the motorcycle, making each model unique.

The heart of the Panigale V4 SP2 is the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale derived from MotoGP: a V4 with counter-rotating crankshaft equipped with a lot of torque from low revs and capable of expressing the racing soul of the bike on the track. For 2022, the Desmosedici Stradale has improved with the introduction of dedicated technical elements, which have made it possible to increase power and improve throttle response.

Thanks to these interventions and a new dedicated mapping, the Euro 5 version engine delivers 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a power increase of 1.5 hp over the Panigale V4 2021, which rises to 2.5 hp beyond the maximum power peak at 14,500 rpm**.

To capitalize on the full potential of this engine, dedicated gear-by-gear torque curves and four different Power Modes (Full, High, Medium, Low) have been developed by Ducati. The Full and Low configurations are newly developed, while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy.

When used on the track, the performance of the Desmosedici Stradale can be further improved with the new full titanium Ducati Performance racing exhaust, developed in collaboration with Akrapovič and available as an accessory.

This exhaust is equipped with high silencers alongside the tail and has been redesigned to increase performance and limit noise, offering everyone the opportunity to run with a full racing exhaust even in circuits with the most stringent noise limits. With this exhaust the Panigale V4 SP2 is lightened by 5 kg thus taking the dry weight of the motorcycle to only 168 kg. The Akrapovič exhaust also guarantees an increase in power of 12.5 hp, bringing the maximum value to 228 hp, while the maximum torque value rises to 131 Nm**.

The connection to the bikes that race in the Superbike World Championship is even more evident in the “SP2” version of the Panigale V4. In fact, to the more “track-oriented” gearbox already presented on the Panigale V4 2022, this bike adds the lightened final drive with 520 chain and the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch. This clutch guarantees a more effective anti-hopping function in extreme use of the bike on the track and greater fluidity in all phases of “off throttle” compared to the oil bath clutch of the Panigale V4 S. The STM-EVO SBK clutch also offers the possibility to customize the “mechanical” engine brake level by choosing a different secondary spring from those available in the Ducati Performance accessories catalogue.

The chassis of the Panigale V4 SP2 includes an aluminium front frame that uses the Desmosedici Stradale as a stressed element. The aluminium swingarm and the seat post in shell-cast aluminium are directly connected to the engine. The pivot of the swingarm is positioned in such a way as to increase the anti-squat effect, which is the reduction of the sinking of the rear when exiting corners and when reopening the throttle, thus stabilizing the bike in acceleration.

The suspension system features an electronically controlled 125 mm travel Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork at the front that uses a pressurized cartridge damping system derived from that of racing forks. This fork, in combination with the Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber and with the electronic steering damper, also Öhlins, forms the second generation of the Smart EC 2.0 system characterized by OBTI (Objective Based Tuning Interface) logic which, working “by objectives” and not by clicks, allows the rider a much more intuitive management than traditional systems.

To further enhance the performance on the track and the dynamic qualities of the Panigale V4, the “SP2” version is equipped with 5-split spoke carbon wheels , 1.4 kg lighter than the aluminium forged ones of the Panigale V4 S. The carbon rims guarantee a significant reduction in inertia (-26% at the front, -46% at the rear) to the benefit of agility, lightness in direction changes and greater ease in closing the curves.

The Panigale V4 SP2 is also equipped with exclusive Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers, which guarantee high braking power combined with exceptional consistency of performance even during a lengthy timed session without changes to the travel of the brake lever. The calipers are operated by a Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) radial pump that allows you to adjust the wheelbase quickly and easily on three configurations to customize the braking feeling. The front brake lever is equipped with a “remote adjuster” device, which allows you to adjust its position by acting on a knob on the left grip, as is the case on racing bikes. Finally, on the “SP2” version the brake and clutch levers are milled at the ends to reduce air resistance.

Another essential element that characterizes the Panigale V4 SP2 is the equipment with Rizoma footpegs in anodized aluminium with carbon fibre heel guards. The footpegs are fully adjustable and maximize ground clearance for more effective use on the track. These racing footpegs offer great grip for the boots, essential for riding at the limit on the circuit, further contributing to a completely redesigned ergonomics in 2022 with the new tank and saddle shapes, studied to improve control and make the most of the performance of the Panigale V4 both on the flying lap and during a prolonged session.

The Panigale V4 SP2 has an electronic package that includes controls that manage all the riding phases, whose operating parameters are linked by default to the 4 Riding Modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street).
All the electronic parameters of the bike can be clearly visualized thanks to the dashboard and to the “Track Evo” display mode , derived from the one used in MotoGP. In this screen, the tachometer moves on a horizontal scale positioned in the highest part of the instrument, or the most visible, and the indication of the gear engaged is in the centre of the screen. In the right area of ​​the display there are four different coloured sectors, each dedicated to an electronic control (DTC, DWC, DSC, EBC). These sectors light up individually when the electronics are working on a certain parameter, remaining on for the time necessary for the rider to identify which indicator is activated. This signalling mode facilitates the rider’s task in understanding the control that has worked to allow him to intervene in a more precise and timely way on the choice of optimal level and to achieve better performance more quickly. The left sector completes the information with the chronometer, number of laps completed and speed.

On the “SP2” version, the GPS module is standard, thus allowing the activation of the automatic Lap Time function, which instantly provides the indication of two split times of the track on which you are lapping. Furthermore, by loading the Slick Ducati Performance Software (available as an accessory), Ducati Traction Control curves expressly developed for slick and rain tyres are available and the possibility of memorizing the coordinates of five different tracks is activated, as well as five additional fully customizable Riding Modes. Finally, thanks to the Ducati Data Analyzer, standard on the SP2, it is possible to conduct an in-depth analysis of all performance data.

The new Panigale V4 SP2 is available in single-seater configuration in “Winter Test” livery starting from March 2022***.

29 Comments

  1. Slob says:

    Just thinking of the strength and stamina needed to ride this properly around a track makes me feel exhausted. Anyone with the required physical condition won’t mind the position.

  2. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    Why ? Somebody late for work ? Desperate to be first in a race for once in a time ? Hate the idea of good fuel consumption ? Gotta get rid of money ?

    • Mick says:

      Motorcycles represent a tremendous value. Sure the guys here will rip this thing for being expensive. But tell me. What do you get in the performance car market for $40k?

      I personally don’t value this bike it’s worth. But if I did I would buy one in a heartbeat and I’d ride it like I stole it. You would lose its entire out the door driving a commensurate car off the lot on day one.

      As a fashion accessory, this thing is cheap as chips. Put this thing in the back of a fancy new truck and it is way cooler than the next guy’s truck who spent $40k on tinsel garbage to slather all over the same make and model truck.

      I dis the street bike industry often, incase you haven’t noticed, for what they refuse to make. But I do give them credit for producing great value for the people who are enamored with the stuff that they do make. I’d give Ducati the same amount of money for a no weight unsaved bike with a humble Scrambler 800 engine in it. But, unfortunately, my money will molder in some investment or another and forever go unspent, until I croak and one of my nieces or nephews blow it on a watch or something. This bike costs less than the trip to Antarctica and Easter Island that the wife dragged me on just before the pandemic. And that, to me, was pointless.

      • Motoman says:

        So I find myself in disagreement with you Mick, often. But only on one thing. The 2stroke vs 4stroke thing. Yet I cannot argue with your logic on it. Only that you are missing some great racing.

        As time goes on I agree with you on a lot of other stuff. You remind me of me… only with more money. The value of bikes vs cars has always further drawn me in to bikes even after riding for over 50 years. I especially get a kick out of slow guys on expensive bikes but only because they’re slow not because they can afford the bling.

        Ride on my friend 😁

        • Mick says:

          It’s funny. I used to go to races quite often and go to pubs to watch racing with my friends. But the four stroke rules came along and I lost all interest instantly. I just can’t make myself care about four strokes that aren’t dirt track bikes. It’s hard to believe that was twenty years ago.

          I’d rather get my own kicks anyway. You can’t fight the age virus by watching other people race for you.

    • Sean says:

      For many motorcycling is about “want” not “why?” or “need”.

  3. Walter says:

    Ducati has so many “specials” that the rarest ones are the base models LOL

  4. Eoghan says:

    surely the New Superleggera V4 is the most powerful Ducati. 234hp and a dry waight of 159kg.

  5. Mick says:

    A guy has to wonder how many no talent guys are going to buy this thing only to find that it makes them even slower.

    My 900SS came stock with a 520 chain. Silly thing to have on a road bike. I suppose if you are looking for micro advantages on a track bike one might make sense to someone. But I would test to see is the trouble and expense really made a measurable difference.

    The only thing that I found was that you might as well test out some gearing changes. Because you knew you were going to be replacing the chain and sprockets in about seven thousand miles anyway. I got about two thousand miles out of a set of tires on that bike also. I had a lot of fun. But I sure spent a lot of time and money on wear items. The 525 chain on the 916 that replaced the 900SS went twenty five thousand miles. The tires didn’t last any longer.

    • Jeremy says:

      A bike like this makes most people slower in anything but a straight line. It takes not just skill but consistent practice to really get the most out of these big bikes, as I’m sure you know. I haven’t been to a track in probably 12 or 13 years. I’d likely put a faster lap time in riding an R6 than this thing.

      Thing is, I don’t think the target market cares whether the bike makes them faster any more than they care whether a pair of Gucci shoes helps them run faster. Most people will buy it for prestige or for appreciation of what it is, not so much what they can accomplish with it on a race track.

      • Mick says:

        I’ll never forget the one ride I took with a Ducati club. A bunch of guys who are eager to tell you what expensive garbage to slather all over your bike who were almost universaly slow. The only time I saw them really gas it was when the road was straight and boring. I described them to my woods riding buddies as trees with ‘tudes. Because passing them all again in the twisty bits after they mach a straight was like riding through trees.

    • Guu says:

      Why would a 520 only last a third of what the 525 does? (assuming both are same quality and sealed) One can look at the published wear index on f.ex. D.I.D’s website. Roller and pins are wider on a 525. But no three times wider… Tensile strength is the same (plenty).

  6. VLJ says:

    “equipped with a lot of torque from low revs”

    A lot of?

    Seriously? In a formal press release?

    Who edits those things? Jeff Spicoli?

    🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. pPrasseur says:

    So beautiful! No doubt supremely uncomfortable, but I bet riding it I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face no matter what!

    • yellowhammer says:

      Yeah, the cowgirl riding position is bad for knees and lower back, that’s for sure. But, it’s mandatory for Rodney Roadracer’s squidly posturing while idling through Sonic on Saturday nights.

  8. Jim says:

    Sweet bike. Next time someone poopoos the 520 conversion on my track bike I’ll point to this 225hp Ducati with a 520 stock.

  9. Marcus says:

    I need this Duc because of how easy it is to adjust the wheelbase. On my bikes it’s a nightmare so I don’t bother.

    • Motoman says:

      Have you tried shortening your chain or have you already reached the limit of adjustment?

  10. Daemonized says:

    Yeah, but what’s the gas millage like?

  11. Kermit says:

    If I was spending that much on a sport bike, I would buy an RC30.

    • Motoman says:

      If I was looking for an investment I would agree with you. But to ride, it would be this thing all day long.

  12. Yurg says:

    Yawn 🥱
    Let’s see another test with a Gsxr K5 with 40 plus thousand miles on it fairs around the track. Pretty embarrassing last time!

  13. Tom R says:

    So the term “premium” no longer means too-of-the-line I guess. Word inflation in marketing strikes again.