Ahead of Ducati’s special media event, we knew that the Bologna brand was going to update the Ducati Panigale 959 for the Euro5 regulations, with spy shots showing the bike getting a heavy remodel, to make it look more like the Panigale V4.
Well, now we know how far Ducati is going to make its v-twin superbike look like its four-cylinder sibling, taking things all the way down to the name of the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2.
As we can see, the bike looks very similar to the V4 model, right down to its single-sided swingarm. The key tip-off that this isn’t the Panigale V4 though is the exhaust pipe exit, and fairing design near the frame.
Ducati says that the Panigale V2 is designed to be more approachable for the regular superbike rider, as bikes like the Panigale V4 push the boundaries of what mere mortals can do on a race-focused superbike platform.
As such, Ducati has updated its Superquadro engine for this “middleweight” application, though the v-twin motor displaces 955cc. This equates to a 155hp engine, with 76 lbs•ft of torque, all from a 338 lbs (dry) weight.
The electronics package is top-shelf, starting with Ducati’s rich TFT display. The rest of the electronics suite includes IMU-assisted traction control (DTC EVO 2), wheelie control, and cornering ABS. There is an up/down quickshifter as well as engine braking control.
Ducati is making a big deal about its Ducati Traction Control EVO 2, which has been enhanced and calibrated for better intervention during rear-wheel traction loss. As such, Ducati claims that the new TC system is 25% better and managing tire hook-up.
No word yet on US pricing, but in Europe the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 will cost €17,990 MSRP.
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