While today’s big reveal at the 2017 EICMA show was the new Ducati Panigale V4, what will surely be in our dreams tonight is the the limited-edition version of Italy’s new superbike. Say hello to the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale, and its big fat 226hp peak horsepower figure.
Now, the 12hp bump over the Ducati Panigale V4’s 214hp crank figure comes courtesy of an included Akrapovic titanium exhaust, which means the entire Panigale V4 line can reach this amazing horsepower number, but the real beauty in the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale comes in the details.
With its optional magnesium wheels installed (you’re gonna want to buy the wheels), the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale tips the scales at 164kg dry – that’s a full 10kg (22 lbs) lighter than the base model Panigale V4.
The weight savings comes mostly from the full exhaust system, but also through various carbon fiber and aluminum bits.
The rest of the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale shares heavily with the Ducati Panigale V4 S. This means Öhlins second-generation electronic suspension, which adjusts the Öhlins NIX-30 forks and Öhlins TTX36 shock on the fly.
Brakes are Brembo Stylema (4.30) four-piston calipers up front, mated to 330mm discs. This is of course augmented by Bosch’s cornering ABS setup.
The Ducati Panigale V4 S also features a lithium-ion battery, forged aluminum Marchesini wheels, and a cast magnesium subframe (the base model subframe is made out of aluminum). This brings the weight on the Panigale V4 S down to a mere 383 lbs dry (430 lbs wet).
Your cup of tea? You better contact your local Ducati dealer quick, as only 1,500 units will be made, with priority made for loyal Ducatisti.
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