In just over two weeks’ time, Asphalt & Rubber will be swinging a leg over the Ducati Superleggera V4, giving this $100,000 bike a run for its money at the iconic Laguna Seca race track in sunny California. It’s a hard life.
Only 500 models of this mean machine will be produced in Borgo Panigale (the production run is currently underway), making the Superleggera V4 a fairly exclusive affair – and that’s before you factor in the MotoGP and WorldSBK track experience packages, which are basically unobtainium opportunities.
At the end of the day, the Superleggera V4 is a 233hp (174 kW) fire-breather when the race exhaust is installed, and Ducati quotes a dry weight of 335.5 lbs (152.2 kg).
The big highlights of the Ducati Superleggera V4 are its MotoGP-inspired aerodynamics, which create 110 lbs of downforce at 167 mph (270 km/h), as well as its healthy use of carbon fiber, including the fact that the Superleggera V4 is the only production road-legal motorcycle with a carbon fiber frame.
Other composite bits include the bodywork, wheels, and swingarm. Other go-fast parts included are Öhlins suspension pieces (with a titanium spring in the back), Pirelli tires, and Brembo Stylema R calipers.
In case a track day with an all carbon fiber superbike isn’t in the cards for you, these photos are probably as close as you will get to the Ducati Superleggera V4. Feel free to drool.