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DUCATI PANIGALE V4S (2018-on) Review

Published: 24 May 2018

The most desirable sportsbike on the planet, with amazing, light handling and a top-end rush that skews your senses. It’s the real deal

DUCATI PANIGALE V4S  (2018-on)

The most desirable sportsbike on the planet, with amazing, light handling and a top-end rush that skews your senses. It’s the real deal

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

After years of stunning V-twin sportsbikes, Ducati pulled off a masterstroke giving their top-of-the-range superbike a V4. It’s genius – the perfect way to move on a V-twin concept that had reached the end of its development path while still allowing the bike the soul it needs. There is no doubting that this is a step forward from Bologna and they’ve made the most desirable sportsbike on the planet, with amazing, light handling, superb power delivery and the kind of top-end rush that skews your senses and tests your sheer ability to hold on. It’s the real deal.    

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Panigale V4 enjoys the second generation version of Öhlins semi-active EC suspension. Like having an invisible man with an invisible screwdriver constantly twiddling your adjusters, in theory it means the bike is perfectly set up in any scenario. It’ll soften itself off mid-corner in a 30mph hairpin but also provide the support needed though fast corners. The brakes redefine what you think is possible. There is so much power, so much feel through the new Brembo Styelma calipers as they bite on gigantic 330mm discs, that the limit is your own ability to brace yourself against the deceleration. As you move closer to the front brake’s capability your forearms shoulders start to suffer. The stability on the brakes is astounding, too – you just need to go to the gym to make the most of it.

Engine 5 out of 5

The same bore as Ducati’s V4 MotoGP motor and a longer stroke means a capacity of 1103cc and a claimed 211bhp, equating to around 198bhp at the rear wheel - it’s the most powerful naturally-aspirated production bike there has ever been. Midrange power is strong and as revs rise, this builds into a crescendo of noise, drama and almost-incomprehensible forward thrust. Things are kept a little calmer thanks to a counter-rotating crank, which runs in the opposite direction to the wheels, reduces the bike’s tendency to wheelies and aids the machine’s agility, too.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

As you’d expect with a bike over £20k, build quality is flawless. All the materials used are top-notch and the level of design, right down to tiny details like footrests and handlebar clamps, is class-leading. Paint is thick, panel gaps are perfect. This is a premium product. It’s too early to comment on the bike’s reliability, but the whole premise of going to a four-cylinder concept was to allow higher revs without compromising reliability. With the knowhow Ducati have gleaned from their V4 MotoGP concept it should deliver that dependability.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

This is never going to be cheap. Insurance costs are terrifying if you’re young (under 30 years old we'd say), live in an inner-city or have lots of points. But older, low-risk riders will be fine. Running costs are going to be high, but should be doable if you can afford the bike in the first place. Minor services are annual or every 7500miles, while the dreaded Desmo service isn’t until 15,000 miles. With chain-driven cams, there are no belts to change like on pre-Panigale V-twin Ducatis. Tyre costs will be high – with so much power you’ll kill a rear tyre in a single fast trackday and may fail to get more than 2000 miles from one on the road.

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

A six-axis inertial measurement feeds data to the traction control, wheelie control, launch control, lean-sensitive quickshifter, semi-active suspension and cornering ABS. It has an amazing TFT dash, enough modes and settings to keep you amused for years, it even comes with GPS datalogging if you want. The suspension, brakes, wheels and the rest of the running gear are all top notch. It waits for nothing – this is apex of superbike technology.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £23,985
Used price £21,000 to £23,900
Warranty term 24 months
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 211 bhp
Max torque 91.5 ft-lb
Top speed 191 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.09 secs
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 130 miles
Specification
Engine size 1103cc
Engine type liquid-cooled V4
Frame type Cast-ally semi-monocoque
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 195kg
Front suspension 43mm semi-active Öhlins NIX 30 forks
Rear suspension Semi-active Öhlins TTX36 shock
Front brake 2 x 330mm discs with four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 220 mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2018: Ducati launch the Panigale V4

Other versions

Ducati Panigale V4, 211bhp 198kg £19,250: The same engine and chassis and electronics package as whole ranger but lower-spec cast ally wheels, Showa BPF forks and a Sachs shock.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their DUCATI PANIGALE V4S (2018-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your DUCATI PANIGALE V4S (2018-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

25 May 2018 by JP

The whole package is fantastic . Very comfortable too . I ordered an Evotech tail tidy but after three attempts of sending them back (holes did not line up) got an NRC item instead . The engine sounds great as revs increase but not great at low revs. Just waiting for a good slip-on exhaust to be become available.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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