All the rumors and speculation can now stop. Here it is. Here is the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype that will be racing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Record-holder Carlin Dunne will pilot the Streetfighter V4 prototype for Ducati, in a bid to set a new outright motorcycle record on the Mountain.
In the announcement, Ducati acknowledges that we will see the Streetfighter V4 properly debut at the EICMA show later this November, and that the production model will be in dealerships by March 2020.
We also get confirmation that the bike features the 1,103 Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine found on the Panigale V4, though it is presumably tuned to make its power lower in the rev range.
Kitted with a full Akrapovic exhaust though, we would wager that the race bike is still making close to 200hp at the wheel.
It remains to be seen what sort of power figures we can expect for the production model (we have already speculated that the price could be over $20,000 though), but one item of note is that Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype’s added winglets.
Ducati has been pushing the aerodynamics game on its racing for a while now, but with the Panigale V4 R superbike, those aerodynamic devices have been coming to consumers. Now, it looks like that trend will continue with the Ducati Streetfighter V4.
“The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020,” said Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali. “Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production.”
We can see from the photos the the large TFT dash from the Panigale V4 remains on the streetfighter, which should also mean a robust electronics package helps manage the bike (where the winglets leave off, at least).
Styling wise, we can see through the unique paint job from Centro Stile Ducati that the classic lines of the Ducati Streetfighter 1098 have been reimagined. The face of the bike is very similar to the old 1098, though at a more oblique angle to the ground, and now presumably with LED bulbs.
The tail section is taking straight off the Panigale V4, which many will say is a good thing. A chin fairing and a couple other plastic pieces help hide the lines of the radiator, as was done on the Streetfighter 1098 model as well.
Brembo Stylma calipers are mated to 330mm dual discs up front; Öhlins suspension is spotted fore and aft, with presumably a steering damper as well; and forged aluminum Marchesini wheels complete the package. All very tasty.
The question now is how many trim levels will the Streetfighter V4 come in? And, will there be a Pikes Peak edition of the bike for consumers? Time will tell.
We have intentionally left the photos below in their natural massive resolution sizes. Enjoy, and keep the drooling to a minimum.