Ducati announce track-focused Panigale V4SP in 2021 superbike range
Ducati have updated the Panigale V4 range for 2021, including a new track-focused SP (Sport Production) model. The numbered special comes with a host of updates to make it even more capable on track and a new paintjob that takes inspiration from Ducati’s factory racing teams’ winter testing liveries.
The new Panigale V4SP costs £32,295 which puts it much closer to a V4R at £34,995 than aV4S costing £24,795. It's also more expensive than BMW's latest racing creation, the carbon clad M1000RR, which costs £30,930 in standard trim.
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The Ducati Panigale V4SP comes finished in matte black with luminous red accents and a brushed aluminium fuel tank like that on the V4R homologation special.
Despite being a road-going V4S under all the bling, Ducati say the SP is for the track. It comes with a race kit that includes the Ducati Data Analyzer plus with GPS module, blanked off mirrors and numberplate hanger and fully adjustable Rizoma anodized aluminium footpegs, but that’s not where the track-going intent ends.
The SP uses upgraded Brembo Stylema R calipers paired with an MCS master cylinder complete with remote adjuster that means the rider can change every aspect of braking feel at the lever. An SDM superbike open dry clutch means improved track performance on aggressive downshifts, too.
These brakes and clutch as well as a thinner 520 chain have been lifted direct from the brand’s ultra-exclusive Superleggera V4, as have the carbon-fibre wheels that shave 1.4kg of unsprung weight.
All of the Panigale V4 range has undergone an electronics update that splits the Race riding mode in two; Race A and Race B, for even greater customisation. The whole family is also now Euro5 compliant.
The Panigale V4 and V4 S will be available in Ducati dealers starting from December, with the Panigale V4SP from March 2021.