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DUCATI PANIGALE V2 (2020-on) Review

Published: 15 November 2019

Updated: 18 November 2019

No sportsbike offers such a blissful blend of power and handling or goes to such lengths to flatter its rider

Ducati Panigale V2 cornering knee down high zoom side profile

No sportsbike offers such a blissful blend of power and handling or goes to such lengths to flatter its rider

  • At a glance
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  • 955cc  -  153 bhp
  • Medium seat height (840mm)
  • New: £14,995

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Not only does the new Ducati Panigale V2 now look as mean and purposeful as its pricier V4 siblings, it’s a more well-rounded machine than ever - faster, lighter, more agile and involving.

Sure, you might be able to go quicker on a superbike for a lap or two, if you’ve got the talent, strength, fitness and fresh rubber, but you’ll be quicker for longer, with less effort and a bigger smile on your face riding the Panigale V2. No current sportsbike offers such a blissful blend of power and handling or goes to such lengths to flatter its rider.

Ducati Panigale V2 video review by Michael Neeves:

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Continuing with the 959’s monocoque airbox ‘frame’ the V2 is uncannily stabile under hard braking and rolling into corners. Such a stiff chassis made the 1199 and 1299 Panigales tie themselves in knots on the throttle, but with more modest power the V2 dances through curves with unwavering accuracy. Showa fork internals are tweaked, a 2mm longer Sachs shock tips weight forward for crisper steering and there’s less rear preload for extra feel and grip.

All this adds up to sense of lightness, easy agility and the kind of corner speed that would have a clumsier superbike tripping over its laces. 

Ducati Panigale V2 front wheel and brake

Few ABS systems can handle track work now. They panic at the first sign of the rear wheel going light under extreme braking and the resulting loss of stopping power can send you sailing past a corner or clattering into the back of someone else. It’s a relief to discover the Ducati’s electronics leave the V2’s Brembos to do what they do best.

With three levels of ABS, there’s a safe a steady mode for the road or rain, one that disables the anti-rear wheel lift setting (and lets you drift in on the back brake) and one with no rear ABS for unimpeded, muscle-bulging late braking antics.

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s the same 955cc V-twin Superquadro motor as the Panigale 959, but now fitted with a cat-packed Euro5 exhaust. Power is up 5bhp to 153bhp and torque increases a whisker, thanks to its new underslung pipe, higher-flow injectors and bigger V4-esque intakes.

Ducati Panigale V2 engine and exhaust

Acceleration and speed aren’t too different from the old bike’s, but that’s a good thing. It still revs manically like a race engine and has bucket-loads of smooth, crisp (especially in Race mode) and perfectly delivered thrust. A superbike will always batter mind, body and tyres with its immense torque and inertia, but the Panigale V2’s power delivery is kinder and easy to manage.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Fit, finish and paint quality are top notch and everything you’d expect from a premium-priced sportsbike like this. Aside from mirror stalks that are too easy to break you shouldn’t expect any mechanical or electronic problems. Oil servicing is either yearly, or every 7500 miles (whichever comes first) and valve checks are every 15,000 miles.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

In terms of the kind of equipment and performance you get for your money, the Panigale V2 is worth it, but there’s no getting away from the fact it’s expensive to buy and insure. PCP deals make ownership easier, if you’re not worried about ever owning the bike.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Aping Ducati’s V4 superbike, the Panigale V2 has its big sister’s snarling snout, pointy rear end, gaping air intakes and for the first time a single-sided swingarm. The V4-inspired seat is 20mm longer and 5mm thicker, giving you a luxurious amount of room to play with, which will be music to the ears of taller riders.

Bars are wide and low pegs don’t punish creaky knees, but there’s still plenty of ground clearance. Completing the big Ducati look is a 4.3in multi-function TFT colour screen (slightly smaller than the V4’s by half an inch) and new switchgear.

Ducati Panigale V2 TFT screen

It’s out with the 959’s relatively basic riding aids and in with the same MotoGP-derived electronic strategies as Ducati’s 2020-model V4s. The Panigale V2 now gets an autoblipper, as well as a quickshifter and a six-axis gyro for lean-sensitive ABS and engine braking control. On a slow, low grip road or track, the smoother anti-wheelie and (non-lean) traction control will be a benefit, but on fast flowing corners the Panigale V2 has so much poise, mechanical grip and not an excess of power to deal with, the electronics are rarely troubled.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2020
Year discontinued -
New price £14,995
Used price -
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 153 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Top speed 176 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 955cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame type Cast aluminium ‘airbox’ chassis
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 840mm
Bike weight 200kg
Front suspension 43mm Showa forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Sachs shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial monobloc Brembo calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc with twin-piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2013 – 899 Panigale launches, replacing the 848. Features new Superquadro V-twin engine, 1199-style airbox chassis and electronic rider aids package.

2016 – 959 Panigale replaces 899 with new ‘stroked’ 955cc engine and controversial ‘shotgun’ exhaust cans designed to meet Euro4 rules. Power up by 9bhp and torque increases by 6.2ftlb.  Extra sound deadening adds 7kg. Slipper clutch is introduced for the first time, as well as 1299-style bodywork, Superleggera footpegs and a 4mm lower swingarm pivot position.

Other versions

None.

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Photo Gallery

  • Ducati Panigale V2 cornering knee down high zoom side profile
  • Ducati Panigale V2 front three quarter knee down cornering
  • Ducati Panigale V2 rear knee down cornering
  • Ducati Panigale V2 static paddock stand rear
  • Ducati Panigale V2 static paddock stand front
  • Ducati Panigale V2 paddock stand long zoom landscape
  • Ducati Panigale V2 front wheel
  • Ducati Panigale V2 rear wheel
  • Ducati Panigale V2 headstock
  • Ducati Panigale V2 clutch lever
  • Ducati Panigale V2 throttle
  • Ducati Panigale V2 screen
  • Ducati Panigale V2 engine and exhaust
  • Ducati Panigale V2 tail and rear light
  • Ducati Panigale V2 seat
  • Ducati Panigale V2 side rear action cornering ridden by Michael Neeves
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