We have got Ducati streetfighters on the brain, ever since we saw the entry list for the 2019 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which has record-setter Carlin Dunne entered mysteriously into the exhibition class with an unnamed Ducati motorcycle.
We are speculating that such a machine will be a stripped down Ducati Panigale V4 R, or an early Ducati Streetfigther V4 prototype, which should make for an exciting debut at the “Race to the Clouds” event.
While we expect the Streetfighter V4 to debut later this year, likely at the EICMA show in November, we do have an example of such a machine to drool over, thanks to the folks at Officine GP Design.
Building their “V4 Penta” motorcycle, the Italian outfit has created what many have been waiting for: a stripped down version of the Ducati Panigale V4 superbike.
Despite the best efforts of Officine GP Design, we can see that the Paniagle V4 doesn’t immediately lend itself to a naked model, which shouldn’t be perhaps too surprising.
As such, it will be interesting to see how Ducati itself packages a streetfighter model of its new superbike behemoth.
Officine GP Design’s use of a girder front end is an interesting choice, as are the burly wire-spoked wheels they have chosen as well.
With the motor likely unchanged, the V4 Penta will push out close to 200hp or so at the rear wheel (depending on how loose your local dyno operator keeps their rig), though we would expect a production streetfighter to bring the torque curve further down the rev range for street riding.
Looking at the current streetfighter landscape, we would then expect Ducati to target 180hp or so for a claimed power figure, allowing it to best the peak horsepower figures from both Aprilia and KTM.
We have got many months still to wait for the real Ducati Streetfighter V4 to arrive, and much more speculating still left to do, so until the arrival of the genuine article, we will just drool over these photos from Officine GP Design. Enjoy!