More Spy Shots Of the V4 Ducati Superbike!
The upcoming V4 Ducati superbike breaks cover again…and it looks awesome!
Published June 29, 2017
The V4 Ducati superbike has been spied out on testing again. This time we’ve got plenty more pictures to look at, and a lot of detective work to do. The idea of a Ducati V4 superbike has been keeping Ducati fans interested for years, and it looks like the time to satisfy that interest is nearly upon us. Unlike Ducati’s previous Desmosedici D16RR race replica V4 from 2007, this model is likely to take the motorcycle industry by storm…So, without further ado, let’s talk about what we can see…
For the V4 Ducati, we’re expecting something special. It’s got to be a top of the range show stopper that comes equipped with all of the modern bells and whistles that we expect from a premium sportsbike. Unfortunately, it’s hard to see the details from an electronics package in a photograph, so we’re going to have to leave those details out. The engine is also something we can’t really analyze until we see it in front of us, but we can make a few assumptions about it. First, we expect it to come in multiple sizes: a 1000cc V4 that will be built specifically for WSBK homologation, no doubt with an “R” in the title, and possible two larger models that may be 1200cc behemoths. If you’re going V4, you can’t limit yourself to one size and one size only, we’re assuming.
But what about what we can see? This isn’t some slap dash test mule. It’s actually quite a refined motorcycle worthy of scrutiny…
The V4 Ducati Superbike Breaks Cover…Again!
First up, let’s look at the biggest change. Unlike what we previously thought, we can see that the frame is…unexpected. It’s not a frameless monocoque arrangement that we’ve seen in the Panigale series – where the engine holds everything in place. Instead, we have a twin spar cast arrangement (well, that’s what it looks like to us, at least). It’s very hard to see, and we’re prepared to be called out if we’re wrong on this one!
Next, the bodywork. It’s definitely a Ducati. There’s no hiding that fact. While it’s wearing it’s testing gear, it’s hard to see how amazing it’s going to look when it’s all dolled up, but there’s no mistaking that Ducati profile. It’s got the firey Italian temperament, the classic silhouette, and it looks like a nice evolution of the Ducati sportsbike. It’s a bit beefier than the Panigale, but it’s still very much in the same family. The intake mounted lights, for example, are nice evolutions of the Panigale look. Having said that, it’s unlikely that it’s going to be given the Panigale moniker. Or the Desmosedici name either. We expect it to have something new in the name department.
Thanks to the new spy shots, we can also see a few extra changes. The first being the position and type of rear shock. We’ve got what looks to be a mechanical Öhlins TTX36 shock, which now sits in a new position, just by the rider’s ankle. Whether this makes it to the full production version remains to be seen, since the forks probably aren’t the production units yet, now being electronically adjustable units. Finally, we can see the exhaust system. It’s bigger, but let’s not forget that it has to be fully Euro compliant…so that’s expected.
And now we wait until EICMA…