Ducati Panigale V4S 2020 - the story

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MCN's Chris Newbigging has attended the launch, and you can read his 2020 Ducati Panigale V4S review here.

The new 1103cc, 211bhp V4-powered missile is Ducati's second-generation S model and promises improvements to aerodynamics with a new fairing and wings taken from the Italian firm's V4R. 

Ducati have also reworked the bike's suspension to flatter a wider range of riders, with the previous machine criticised by some for being too stiff and uncompromising in the wrong hands.

MCN will be delivering a full launch verdict in the coming days, so keep an eye out online for more.

Ducati Panigale V4 models get V4R aero and wings for 2020

First published 23 October 2019 by Ben Clarke

The 2020 Ducati Panigale V4S gets winglets from the V4R

Ducati have announced an updated version of the Panigale V4 and V4 S models for 2020 at their World Premiere event in Rimini, Italy.

The updated bikes incorporate the aero design of the brand’s Panigale V4R homologation racer including a new fairing and also wings.

Alongside this are suspension changes aimed at making the bike’s performance more accessible with added stability under braking and smoother power delivery at corner exit.

One criticism levelled at the 2018 Panigale was its race-bred, uncompromising handling, which made it devastatingly fast in the right hands but unflattering for less experienced track riders. This became especially pronounced after the launch of comparatively user-friendly 2019 BMW S1000RR.

The 2020 V4 models will also get the DTC Evo 2 traction control system found on the V4R and the 2019 V4 25° Anniversario 916.

Prices are unsurprisingly up from the 2018 models, with the standard V4 now costing £19,995, and £24,795 for the S.

The V4 and V4 S will sit alongside a new addition to the Panigale family in the shape of the 959cc Panigale V2.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

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