Our confidence level was already quite high that we would be seeing a streetfighter version of the Panigale V4 later this year at the EICMA show in Milan.
Our Bothan spies have been telling us that a new Streetfighter was in the works for some time now, and then there is this very suspicious race entry by Ducati for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. But above all else, a Ducati Streetfighter V4 just makes sense on so many levels.
Now, we see that the Swiss lads at AcidMoto have had a chance to talk to Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali about the debut of a such a machine, and the Italian is a bit coy in his response.
Naturally, Domenicali doesn’t come right out and say that a Streetfighter V4 is coming…but he doesn’t reject the thought like he has with other V4 projects (sorry, no V4 supersport machines are in the works).
Here’s an excerpt from AcidMoto’s interview with the Ducati CEO, gorilla translated from French to English by Google:
AcidMoto.ch: Okay. Let’s talk about the V4. The Panigale V4R wins all the votes, although we have not yet had the honor to test it. Can we hope that this engine is found on other motorcycles, a Streetfighter V4 for example?
Claudio Domenicali: Do you think that Ducati should produce such a motorcycle?
AcidMoto.ch: Yes, there is a big demand, it’s a question that often comes back to our readers.
Claudio Domenicali: Then she will be there as soon as possible!