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Gone Riding: Ducati Superleggera V4

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With only 500 being made worldwide (and maybe 100 or so of them coming to the USA), the chances of getting to swing a leg over the Ducati Superleggera V4 are pretty slim. Riding one around Laguna Seca in anger? Even slimmer.

So naturally when Ducati North America called and asked if we wanted to do exactly that, the answer was an obvious yes.

That brings us to this moment, where on Thursday Asphalt & Rubber will get a chance to ride a $100,000 carbon-fiber-everything superbike around one of the most iconic race tracks in America. Sometimes, this job is really, really tough.

Funny enough, this is a rare case of the coronavirus actually causing some positive changes in the motorcycle industry, as normally the US would only get to send one publication to the press launch for a bike like this.

But instead, Ducati North America has the ability to host its own event, while the European magazines were forced to slum it at Mugello for a day. Hence, here we are.


For our test, our machines will have the race kit fitted to them, which means peak power on the Superleggera V4 will come in at 233hp, with a dry weight of just 335 lbs.

Word on the street is that these bikes are rowdy loud, which should please the sound police at Laguna Seca immensely.

With very few machines in even the same ballpark as the Ducati Superleggera V4 (perhaps only the previous Superleggera models, and the motorcycles listed in our comparison chart below), this should be a truly unique experience, and an exposition on what can be achieved when Ducati lets its engineers run loose.

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Ducati Superleggera V4 right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Ducati Superleggera V4, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Ducati personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #SuperleggeraV4 & #DreamsMatter


Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Ducati Superleggera V4:

  Ducati Superleggera V4 Honda RC213V-S BMW HP4 Race
Horsepower 233 hp 210 hp 212 hp
Torque 88 lbs•ft 87 lbs•ft 88 lbs•ft
Weight 335 lbs (dry) 363 lbs (dry) 322 lbs (dry)
Engine 998cc / 90° V4 999cc / 90° V4 999cc / Inline-Four
Price $100,000 $184,000 $78,000

Photos of the Ducati Superleggera V4:

Photos: Ducati

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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