We know that a Ducati Streetfighter V4 is coming as a 2020 model year machine. We have heard rumors of the Streetfighter V4 for quite some time now, and even Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has given a wink or two that we should expect the model soon.
Now today, we get our first glimpse of the bike at work, as some of the worst “spy photos” ever show the model making laps at an undisclosed race course.
While the photos are small and grainy (seriously, what device took these images?), we do see the broad strokes of the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 in them.
As such, we can see that the headlight and intake is straight off the Panigale V4 superbike, and like the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, the headlight assembly is its own standalone pod, giving way to a naked bike below it.
The tail section looks like a direct copy from the superbike, and overall the machine looks very much in line with the original Ducati Streetfighter 1098 model – a bike that is near and dear to this author’s heart.
Unlike that model though, we can see too that the exhaust remains an underslung unit, also like on the V4 superbike, and not like the previous generation machine, which had a side-mounted shotgun exhaust setup.
We can expect that the electronics are similar to what is found on the Panigale V4, and that the motor is the same 1,103cc version found on the four-cylinder machine.
We also expect the cams to push the power band to the middle of the rev range, which with some math could put the peak power figure around 190hp or so. That number is considerably less than the 213hp quoted by Ducati for the Panigale V4, but also still a sizable gap higher than the other bikes in the segment.
Our Bothan spies tell us that we won’t have to wait long to see the Ducati Streetfighter V4 officially announced.
With a prototype of the bike expected to race at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, we expect Bologna to make a formal declaration about the machine at the famous American race. Stay tuned!