The news confirms what everyone already expected to be the case, as it is hard to imagine a Ducati superbike model being anything other than a v-twin, World Superbike rules be damned.
“I can confirm there is no officially confirmed project at Ducati for a four-cylinder engine to replace the Panigale V-twin,” Domenicali confirmed to MCN. “There is no Ducati four-cylinder superbike planned.”
Domenicali would go on to speak about knowing every approved project that is currently underway at Ducati, and that no such four-cylinder project is in the works, though the company certain explores every idea before going forward.
That being said, a Panigale replacement is surely already in-works at its namesake, Borgo Panigale.
We will have to wait and see how the Italian brand follows up that machine, though we can expect it to be with a v-twin engine.
With the current WSBK regulations being very restrictive, we can expect the Panigale R replacement to be quite the bike, as teams will be forced to work low-volume homologation specials to circumvent the rules restrictions.