Details of the Ducati Superleggera V4 Become Clearer

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Thanks to some intrepid and lucky individuals, more information about the upcoming Ducati Superleggera V4 is trickling out of Ducati’s special website, which shows the 234hp / 335 lbs (dry) motorcycle in all of its elemental detail.

Today’s data stream comes from a leaked video off of the Superleggera microsite, which shows in detail the different mechanical bits and bobs that will feature on this exclusive superbike.

First up is that we get visual confirmation that Ducati has gone the carbon fiber route for the Superleggera’s V4 chassis, with the “front frame” laid all in the composite material. We see too that the rear subframe is made from carbon fiber, as is the bike’s swingarm.

These changes likely account for the lion’s share of the Superleggera V4’s 40 lbs weight reduction, and should match the carbon fiber fairings and wheels quite well.

We can also see quite clearly the full titanium exhaust from Akrapovic, which is necessary to get the marquee 234hp peak power figure for the Ducati Superleggera V4 and its 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R engine.

Also throughout the panning shots, we can see the various places where Ducati has swapped in titanium or aluminum pieces to replace heavier elements.

Ducati is once again clearly selecting components for the “super light” based on their weight, which is why we see mechanical suspension pieces from Öhlins, instead of the Swedish brand’s more expensive electronically controlled forks and shock.

This can look a little out of place, to the untrained eye, but no more so than Ducati’s choice to keep the Brembo Stylema brake calipers at the front wheel, which are likely the result of the Superleggera coming as a street bike, with a warranty and everything.

It is easy to forget that despite its $100,000 price tag and focus on outright maximum performance, the Ducati Superleggera V4 is still a Euro5-ready road-going machine, which is perhaps what makes Ducati’s creation all the more special.

Expect to see the Superleggera V4 break cover officially in the coming weeks, with a proper customer arrival in May 2020.

Source: V4evo (YouTube)

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