2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S | First look review

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Ducati’s Panigale V4 platform has advanced the superbike segment with cutting edge technology since it debuted in 2018. The Bologna, Italy brand has not become complacent during this time either and has revised the flagship sport bike with small adjustments over the years. The Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S 2022 receive the most thorough update to date with revisions to the engine, chassis, electronics, aerodynamics and ergos.

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The Panigale’s MotoGP-derived Desmosedici Stradale engine will maintain its displacement of 1,103 cc in 2022, but a new torque management system and special mapping will boost the V4 to 210 hp at 12,500 rpm and 90.6 lb-ft of torque 11,000 rpm. The new SBK transmission from Ducati helps to transfer this power to the rear wheel thanks to the extended 1st, 2nd and 6th gears. As a result, the Panigale V4 is said to offer slow cornering, harder cornering acceleration and a higher top speed.

The updated electronics of the V4 make the Panigale’s performance parameters available to the user with new performance modes. In Full Power Mode, the rider can exploit the motorcycle’s full potential without electronic filters dulling the engine’s torque curves (except in 1st gear). The “High” and “Medium” modes have a refined gas-by-wire card management system that optimizes the thrust when the gas is open. The low mode limits the Desmosedici Stradale to 150 hp, while a more manageable throttle response maximizes driving comfort and driving pleasure on the road.


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In addition to the power modes of the Panigale, the four riding modes (Race A, Race B, Sport, Street) also change the personality of the superbike. The redesigned dashboard communicates all of these settings with new external lights and functions. At the suggestion of Ducati MotoGP riders, technicians developed a new Track Evo information mode. By moving the tachometer bar to the upper edge of the display, the gear indicator in the middle and the driver assistance on the right side, the new layout offers ideal screen readability for racing drivers and racing drivers.

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Ducati’s MotoGP team is known for its aerodynamic packages and the 2022 Panigale V4 lives up to that reputation. The new dual-profile winglets are thinner, more compact, and more efficient, but still offer 81 pounds of downforce at 300 mph. Of course, V4s are known to generate heat, and additional air extraction gills on the lower fairing improve cooling. Driving comfort is also improved by a flatter seat. The grippy seat cover also helps the driver with hard braking, while a newly shaped fuel tank provides a better anchor point for the user’s legs.

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While the Panigale V4 and V4 S have largely the same equipment, the upper-class S model has an electronically controlled Öhlins suspension with an NPX 25/30 fork, a TTX36 damper and a steering damper. And it rolls on high-quality forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires. The standard V4, on the other hand, uses a fully adjustable Showa Big Piston fork, Sachs dampers, Sachs steering dampers and cast aluminum wheels.

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While the two chassis can use different suspensions and wheels, both have top-notch Brembo braking systems. Every superbike now benefits from a higher swing arm pivot, which increases the Panigale’s anti-squat properties when accelerating. Ducati also modestly updated the cosmetics of the superbike, with both variants featuring the brand-typical red panels and the new black Ducati logos. However, the V4 S also gets a two-tone seat and a red rim tape.

The Ducati Panigale V4 2022, available in February, is priced at $ 23,295 while the Ducati Panigale V4 S 2022 is priced at $ 29,995.

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