For a long time, the name “Termignoni” was synonymous with “Ducati exhaust”, with the popular scarico-maker being a constant fixture in the Ducati Performance parts catalog.
So prevalent was the brand, that if you see a turn-of-the-century (21st century, that is) Ducati clacking down the street with its dry clutch, chances are the exhaust you are also hearing was made by Termignoni.
But that has changed in recent years, with Slovenian marque Akrapovi? supplanting Termignoni in Ducati’s good graces.
To find out why, all one had to do was examine the products themselves – where Termignoni’s pieces were poorly fabricated and over-priced, Akrapovi? was infinitely better built and often cheaper.
In the past years, Akrapovi? has done a proper job of branding as the exhaust of choice for motorcycle exhausts (note the company’s many B2B marketing deals in MotoGP and with OEMs), with Termignoni seemingly all but forgotten…until today.
This is because Borgo Panigale’s flagship creation just got its killer accessory, with Termignoni helping shape the rather derivative design of the Ducati Panigale V4 into something that Ducatisti will recognize, and motorcyclists will remember.
As such, say hello to the Termignoni 4uscite (four exits) exhaust.
It is actually rather amazing how transformative Termignoni’s 4uscite exhaust design is for the Panigale V4, and it helps bring the modern four-cylinder superbike back in line with its heritage of pulsating v-twins spitting fire from their underseat exhausts.
Ducati didn’t invent the underseat exhaust, but it did make it sexy. And now, Termignoni is bringing sexy back.
We wrote off the Ducati Panigale V4’s appeal because of how the Italian motorcycle manufacturer missed the mark on its design and place in history, but the Italian brand’s old colleague may have saved it.
For bonus points, Termignoni in recent years has made great strides in the quality of its product. As for price…we haven’t heard anything yet, but we would expect north of $5,000 or more, just because.