The EICMA festivities kick off tomorrow, with Ducati preempting the Milan trade show with its own media unveil event. The new model debuts will be live-streamed, of course, and we expect to see a bevy of new models from the Bologna brand.
Before we uncover even one bike though, Ducati is sending a clear message of what we can expect to see, teasing a winglet on its live stream promo photo. This aerodynamic aid surely belongs to the Ducati Panigale V4 R, which is expected to be the Italian brand’s big reveal for EICMA.
A 1,000cc homologation special, the Panigale V4 R will feature the very best that Ducati has to offer, and we expect the price tag to be right at the WorldSBK homologation limit of €40,000. It is of note too that the WorldSBK rules will allow winglets on race bikes, but only if they come on the homologation machine.
This means that the winglets on the Ducati Panigale V4 R will be race legal, but the winglets on the Aprilia RSV4 Factory will not be allowed (the Factory having an 1,078cc displacement, and the race-legal RR version being without the winglet design).
We expect horsepower figure north of 205hp, and that the Ducati Performance Parts catalog to include a dry clutch kit. The 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R should impress, but it will have stiff competition in Milan, especially from the all-new 2019 BMW S1000RR superbike.
For the live stream, Ducati says that it will unveil three completely new motorcycles, along with “many other new versions” of its current bikes. It is hard to tell what that means exactly, but other models we expect from the brand include a new Hypermotard, our first look at the Multistrada 1260 Enduro, the “Project 1309” Diavel, and perhaps another Scrambler model.
Of course, we will know more very, very soon.