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This Is the 230hp Carbon-Fiber-Everything Ducati Superleggera V4

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It is here. It is finally here. The Ducati Superleggera V4 is finally official and well-worth the hype.

It turns out too that the leaked information we had on this “Super light” motorcycle was true, with the Ducati Superleggera V4 tipping the scales at 159kg when dry…and 152kg when the Akrapovic exhaust is installed.

Ducati isn’t disclosing what that means for curb weights, but if the Panigale V4 R is any comparison, it should be close to 380 lbs when topped off with gas and ready to rip on the race track.

Considering that the accompanying exhaust bumps power to over 230hp (172 kW), this gives the Superleggera V4 the best power-to-weight ratio from any production street bike ever created.


The Ducati Superleggera V4 also boasts the title as being the only street-legal motorcycle with an all carbon fiber structure, which means a carbon fiber chassis, carbon fiber subframe, carbon swingarm, and carbon fiber wheels.

Of note, the geometry on the Ducati Superleggera V4 differs from the Panigale V4 R, with its carbon fiber swingarm longer and more focused on track use. The entire carbon fiber rolling chassis shaves 14.7 lbs (6.7kg) off of the motorcycle package alone.

This super-exclusive superbike also has carbon fiber bodywork, and a litany of titanium and aluminum bits, to further enhance the weight reduction process.

Take for example the special “Titanium” edition Öhlins suspension, which as you would expect, features a titanium spring on the rear shock. There is also the solid machined aluminum radiator cap to drool over.

Braking is done with Brembo units, with an MCS master cylinder at the front, which is mated to Stylema R calipers – an exclusive new version of this new caliper from the Italian braking company.


Visually, we can see the biplane aerodynamics package that is derived from the Ducati Desmosedici GP16 race bike from MotoGP. Ducati says that this wing setup is almost double the downforce from the other winged models, with  110 lbs (50 kg) of downforce created at 167 mph (270 km/h).

The winglets improve the anti-wheelie characteristics when accelerating out of high-speed corners, and also improve braking stability after long straight-aways.

Only 500 examples of the 2020 Ducati Superleggera V4 will be sold worldwide, and we hear the price tag for the US market is around the $100,000 mark.

If that sounds like a lot of coin to you…well…it is, but buyers will also get a chance to take the WorldSBK-spec Panigale V4 R for a ride around the track, and 30 lucky Superleggera V4 purchasers will get a “MotoGP” experience, which includes some laps on the Ducati Desmosedici GP20 race bike.

Deliveries are planned to start in June 2020, with Ducati making 5 bikes per day. The Italian brand says that it will complete all of the Superleggera V4 motorcycles within the 2020 calendar year.


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Source: Ducati

Jensen Beeler

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