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2020 Ducati Panigale Superleggera V4 – RM414,000


The latest addition to the Ducati Panigale V4 range is the 2020 Ducati Panigale Superleggera V4, coming in at the top of the Borgo Panigale firm’s superbike lineup. To be produced in a limited run of 500 units, the Panigale Superleggera V4 is priced at USD 100,000 (RM414,000).

The Panigale Superleggera V4 joins the Panigale V4, Panigale V4S, Panigale V4S Speciale, Panigale V4R and Panigale V4 25th Anniversario 916 in Ducati’s catalogue. According to Ducati, the Panigale Superleggera V4 is the epitome of its design and engineering prowess, being its most powerful and technologically advanced superbike.

Setting the Panigale Superleggera V4 apart is the use of carbon-fibre in the frame, swingarm and wheels, and it is designed to be road-legal. Carbon-fibre is also used in the fairings and bi-plane wings, drawing on Ducati’s experience in racing aerodynamics in MotoGP.

At 270 km/h, the Panigale Superleggera V4 produces 50 kg of downforce, 20 kg more than the Panigale V4 and V4 R. In standard trim and with the road-legal Akrapovic exhaust in place, the Panigale Superleggera V4 V-four, 998 cc mill is capable of producing 224 hp at 15,250 rpm and 118 Nm of torque at 11,750 rpm.

Adding the race kit bumps this number up to 234 hp at 15,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 120 Nm at 11,750 rpm while reducing the Panigale Superleggera V4 power plant’s weight by 6 kg from the standard Panigale V4 engine, giving a power to weight ratio of 1.4 hp per kg. Overall, the Panigale Superleggera V4 weighs 159 kg dry, 16 kg lighter than the base Panigale V4.

Naturally, the Panigale Superleggera V4’s electronics suite has been upgraded in line with its racing identity. Aside from the three ride modes, the rider has five custom modes available. This complements the lap timer which also stores GPS co-ordinates for five circuits.

Lightness pervades throughout the Panigale Superleggera V4 with lightweight Ohlins suspension that uses a titanium spring in the rear monoshock. A special touch are the Brembo Stylema R front brakes with ventilation holes in the callipers. All in, the Superleggera V4 laps the Mugello circuit in the hands of Ducati factory rider Michele Pirro with a time of 1:52.45, or just under two seconds slower than the Panigale V4 R SBK World Superbike contender.

Purchasers of the Panigale Superleggera V4 will get the chance to ride the actual Panigale V4 R used by the Ducati Corse team in the World Superbike Championship during the Ducati Superbike Experience, along with gifts of a carbon-fibre helmet and Dainese D-Air race suit, exclusive to the Panigale Superleggera V4.

Meanwhile, 30 lucky customers who purchase the MotoGP Experience will, under the supervision of Ducati Corse technicians, get to sample the actual MotoGP Desmosedici GP20 as raced by Andrea Dovisioso and Danilo Petrucci.

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Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916 in Malaysia – worldwide production limited to 500 units; RM360k


Ducati is no stranger to limited edition models, and the latest to arrive on our shores is the Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916. Just 500 units have been produced for markets worldwide, and this one here is the sole unit in Malaysia. This particular example has already been sold, however it is still on display at the Ducati showroom in Petaling Jaya.

Based on the 2019 Panigale V4 S with select changes including the front frame from the racing homologation Panigale V4 R, the V4 25th Anniversary celebrates the milestone of the Ducati 916’s launch in 1994, which went on in its racing iterations to win 120 races, eight constructors’ titles and four riders’ titles, four of which with ‘King’ Carl Fogarty at its controls.

This limited edition and its colour scheme was inspired in particular by Fogarty’s 1999 race bike, bringing the number ‘1’ and ‘Foggy’ graphics with it on its bodywork. Specific to the 25th Anniversary model are the Akrapovic titanium exhaust silencers, taller racing windscreen, unique seat, carbon-fibre mudguards, adjustable foot pegs, carbon-fibre heel guards and swingarm cover, racing grips and articulated levers as well as a billet machined top yoke engraved with the edition number.

The 25th Anniversary 916 edition also gets Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels, dry slipper clutch assembly and the electronics suite comprised of the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) EVO 2 and Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Ducati Power Launch (DPL) and Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO).

Also present is the Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, in addition to a host of other parts made of carbon-fibre and billet aluminium. Here, the powerplant remains the 1,103 cc 90-degree V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine as on the ‘regular’ Panigale V4 S, which produces 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 124 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm.

Similarly, suspension continues to be the electronically controlled setup of an Ohlins NIX30 43 mm fork in front and Ohlins TTX36 rear shock, while brakes are Brembo Stylema monobloc units in front with 330 mm-diameter discs with Cornering ABS EVO. With fluids, the Panigale V4 25th Anniversary weighs 194 kg.

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2020 MotoGP: Mission Winnow Ducati Team


In a presentation in Bologno, Italy, Ducati Corse unveiled the 2020 Ducati Desmosedici GP20 in Mission Winnow Ducati Team colours. Ridden by Andrea Dovizioso (#04) and Danilo Petrucci (#9), this year’s Desmosedici GP20 comes in red with black and chrome accents.

Last year’s racing season saw Dovizioso come in second in the world championship standing with 269 points and two race wins. Team mate Petrucci was sixth in the championship with 176 points and one race win.

For 2020, Luigi Dall’Igna, Ducati Corse general manager, said the team is still not satisfied. “We can’t say that we are completely satisfied as our ultimate goal remains the same: winning the championship title. 2020 will be even more intense and demanding with 20 races scheduled in the calendar, and our rivals will be even more competitive,” said Dall’Igna.

Speaking about Ducati’s racing efforts and the trickle down effect on Ducati’s road-going performance machines, Ducati Motor Holdings chief executive officer Claudio Domenicali said racing is a fundamental part of the company’s DNA and will remain so. “If we sum the R&D done for the production line, for racing and the assets needed to produce new models, the global Ducati R&D is worth more than 10% of the revenue,” commented Domenciali on Ducati’s investment in racing technology.

The Desmosedici GP20 will make its debut at Sepang International Circuit on February 7 to 9 for the official MotoGP test. The 2020 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix will be held on the weekend of November 1.

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2020 Ducati Panigale V2 in Malaysia by mid-year – provisional pricing, pending approval, below RM120k?


As the last, possibly, of Ducati’s V-twin sports bikes, the 2020 Ducati Panigale V2 will likely be in Malaysia by mid-year, likely at the end of June. This was hinted to paultan.org by an unnamed source in the Malaysian Ducati distributor, Naza, and pricing is said to be in negotiation to keep it around the RM120,000 or below mark.

While the pricing for what is essentially a middleweight sports machine might give pause to many, it should be noted several things are counting against the price of the Panigale V2 being affordable in Malaysia. Chief amongst these are the current poor rate of exchange for the Ringgit as well as the V2 coming in as a CBU model and not from Ducati’s assembly facility in Rayong, Thailand.

Shown to the world at the Ducati World Premiere 2020 in Rimini, Italy last October, the Panigale V2 replaces the Panigale 959 in the manufacturer’s sports bike lineup. Although using the same Superquadro engine, give or take, as the Panigale 959, the Panigale V2 puts out 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and 104 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm.

This compares against the 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 124 Nm of torque at 10,000 rpm of the Panigale V4 S, Ducati’s top-range superbike, which is priced in Malaysia at RM172,900, with the base model V4 not being available locally for the 2019 model year. However, a lot of the riding suite and electronics have been transferred over to the Panigale V2 from the V4, making it, in Ducati CEO Claudio Domeniciali’s words, “much easier to ride.”

Styling for the Panigale V2 also follows cues from its larger sibling, with the huge intake nostrils and two-part fairing carried over, as well as the LED lighting. Rider comfort is given more than lip service with the seat foam 5 mm thicker than the Panigale 959 and the seat itself 20 mm longer in length.

The single-sided swingarm makes a welcome return to the Panigale V2, as much a design trademark of Ducati’s modern superbikes from the days of the 916 as it is a reflection of Ducati’s positioning of its bikes as premium products. Braking on the Panigale V2 is done with Brembo M4-32 Monoblocs and suspension is by Showa in front and Sachs at the back.

We, like many other Malaysian sports bike riders, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Panigale V2. What does now matter is, will the price be kept to a relatively reasonable level or will the vagaries of economic pressure put the Panigale V2 out of reach of many Malaysian riders?

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Ducati Memorabilia: For the rider who has everything


If you’re wondering what to get the rider who has everything for Christmas or a year-end gift, Ducati and its racing division Ducati Corse have got you covered with the Ducati Memorabilia Project. What this is means is you can purchase, for yourself or other significant person in your life, a piece of a Ducati racing motorcycle.

Items include crankshafts, camshafts, pistons and con-rods, all used inside a Desmosedici or Panigale from previous racing seasons. While the cynical might question why such a thing is available for purchase, for the Ducatisti, it represents a piece of racing history.

Cost, on the other hand, might be another issue but as they say, like motorcycle styles, one man’s meat is another man’s unjustifiable, absolute waste of money. Each piece of Ducati Memorabilia is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Ducati chief executive officer Claudio Domenicali and Ducati Corse general manager Gigi Dall’Igna.

Encased in a plexiglass box, each Ducati racing component has a serial number and is clearly marked “For Display Only.” Purchase of Ducati Memorabilia items can be made at the Ducati Store in Borgo Panigale, selected Ducati dealerships and via online purchase at the Ducati website from 2020.

In other news, French MotoGP rider Johann Zarco, who left KTM Red Bull Racing mid-season after dismal results, has signed with Ducati MotoGP satellite team Reale Avintia Racing. Replacing Czech Karel Abraham in the Spanish outfit, Zarco joins Spaniard Tito Rabat.

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2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 shown at DWP2020 – 208 hp, 123 Nm, 178 kg, from the equivalent of RM93,094


Biggest reveal at the 2020 Ducati World Premiere (DWP2020) was the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4, which comes in two versions, priced at 19,990 euros (RM93,094) and 22,990 euros (RM107,019) in Italy. Set for public release in March 2020, the Streetfighter V4 comes with biplane aerofoils on either side of the frame which Ducati says increases stability at speed and helps prevent front wheel lift under hard acceleration.

The main difference between the two flavours of Streetfighter V4 is in the suspension, with the base model getting fully-adjustable suspension while the Streetfighter V4 S gets electronic suspension lifted off the Panigale V4. Of note is the power output of Ducati’s naked superbike, which gets 208 hp at 12,500 rpm and 123 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm from the liquid-cooled 1,103 cc Stradale V-four engine.

Both the engine and the front monocouque frmae come directly from the Panigale V4 and the Streetfighter is stripped of anything not deemed necessary to obtain that authentic “streetfighter” style. This includes the higher handlebars and separate light unit, which, for Streetfighter V4, is a combination LED DRL and projector light setup located low in front of Ducati’s naked superbike.

Boasting of a dry weight of 178 kg – closer to 200 kg ready to ride – the Streetfighter V4 boasts of a 1.17 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio. With this, Ducati chief executive officer Claudio Domenicali says the Streetfighter V4 is 25% more powerful than its closest competitor.

This number is increased further with the race use only titanium Akrapovic exhaust that boosts power to 216 hp while losing 4 kg in the process. The power delivery in the Streetfighter V4 is notably different from the Panigale V4 with 14% more torque sent to the rear wheel at 100 km/h.

Compared to the previous model Streetfighter, the Streetfighter 1098, torque takes 31% bump at 100 km/h. This is achieved not with making any modifications to the engine but by simply changing out sprockets for a bigger plate at the rear wheel and a smaller cog at the gearbox while fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank.

Rider comfort is also biased towards road use with 60 mm of foam padding for the front seat, while the rear passenger sits 25 mm lower on the Streetfighter V4 compared to the Panigale V4. For the Streetfighter V4 S, Ohlins provides the NIX30 and Smart EC 2.0 electronic front suspension while the rear end is held up with a Ohlins TTX36 monoshock, also electronically controlled.

Brembo supplies Stylema M4.30 Monobloc front callipers on 330 mm semi-floating discs while a 245 mm diameter disc on at back is stopped with a two-piston calliper with ABS Cornering EVO as standard. A full suite of electronics is supplied including Evo 2 traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine braking, power launch and up-and-down quickshifter.

Optional extras include the Ducati Data Analyser+ with GPS module for racetrack work, Ducati Linkapp, anti-theft system and heated grips. Also available from the Ducati Performance catalogue for the Streetfighter V4 is an STM dry clutch, Marchesini firged lightweight wheels and Akrapovic exhaust.

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