Ducati Streetfighter V4: the story
We've had a chance to ride this new hyper-naked now, so check out our Ducati Streetfighter V4 review, or read on for the full story of this wild new bike.
Ducati Streetfighter V4: bonkers 220hp animal with biplane wings
First published October 23 2020 by Jordan Gibbons
This is Ducati's much anticipated V4 Streetfighter super naked, revealed at their 2020 model World Premier event in Bologna, Italy.
Powered by the liquid-cooled 1103cc engine from the existing Panigale V4 range, the new super naked will be available in both a standard and ‘S’ version, It’s capable of producing around 217bhp (220hp) when fitted with the optional full Akrapovic racing exhaust system.
Alongside more punch, the exhaust will also shed an additional 6kg of weight, helping to improve acceleration and direction change.
Priced at £17,595 and £19,795 respectively, both versions of the new machine will produce 208hp as standard at 12,750rpm, alongside healthy 90.4ftlb of torque at 11,500rpm. Both variants will also feature a striking set of biplane wings, producing 28kg of downforce at 270kph (168mph).
Available in Ducati red with a grey frame and black wheels, the two machines are set apart by their suspension components and rims, with the S gaining Ducati Electronic Evo, which consists of: Öhlins NIX-30 forks, a TTX 36 shock absorber and steering damper, all complete with an Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system. Also included is a set of forged aluminium Marchesini wheels.
Elsewhere, the standard bike is shod with fully-adjustable 43mm Showa BPF forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs rear shock. Both bikes will receive Ducati’s latest electronics package, complete with a 6-axis IMU, consisting of cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, launch control, engine braking control and the latest up-and-down quickshifter.
Away from the suspension, Ducati claim the look of the Streetfighter’s front end was inspired by the face of the Joker (a popular comic book villain) and boasts the same V-shaped daytime running light already featured on the V4 and Supersport range.
Hiding behind this is a 5in TFT, screen taken from the Panigale V4, which sits in front of a set of wide, flat bars rather than clip-ons. Providing a more road-focussed, comfortable ride, the pegs have also been moved for greater comfort and the seat gains an additional 60mm of foam – meaning a seat height of 845mm.
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Ducati Streetfighter V4 teaser released
First reported 14/10/19
Ducati have released a new teaser video for their upcoming Streetfighter V4. The short clip was released through the Italian brand's social media accounts and shows the headlight with a list of specifications and features.
This is The Fight Formula.— Ducati (@DucatiMotor) October 14, 2019
See you at Ducati World Première 2020: October 23rd, 11.30 am CEST.
Follow the unveil of the 2020 Ducati range in live streaming on our website and on our social media channels.#DWP2020 pic.twitter.com/57UF2VLVfr
The video text lists the following:
- Desmosedici Stradale (the name of the engine)
- Biplane wings (like those seen on the race version)
- Panigale V4 electronics suite
- 178kg (presumably a dry weight, the Panigale V4 S weighs 195kg at the kerb)
- High handlebar
- 208hp (over 205bhp and more than the 185bhp we were expecting!)
The video finishes with information about the Ducati World Première event on October 23, 2019, which is where we expect to see the official unveil.
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Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype makes debut at Pikes Peak
First published - 02/07/2019
Ducati's latest naked, the Streetfighter V4, made its debut at the "Race to the Clouds" at Pikes Peak in the USA.
It was ridden by legendary American rider Carlin Dunne, who tragically crashed and was killed yards before the end of the race.
Video: Ducati Streetfighter V4 in action
First published June 21, 2019
Ducati have released a video showing their new Streetfighter V4 in action, ridden by Pikes Peak racer Carlin Dunne. The bike will launch in 2020, and a prototype will be testing at Pikes Peak this year starting on June 30.
This naked beast is an un-faired version of the Panigale V4 with higher, wider handlebars. It uses aerodynamic wings and scoops in an effort to keep that 1100cc motor’s performance under control, and in this case is finished in a special “pixelated” livery that’s designed not to hide the bike’s curves, but to amplify its shapeliness.
It marks the next stage in the bike’s development following the circuit testing we spied being carried out back in May. It’ll be ridden up the famous American hillclimb – often called “the race to the clouds” – by Carlin Dunne.
We’ll see the finished bike at EICMA, the Milan motorcycle show, in November, with first deliveries starting in mid-March 2020.
"The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020," declared Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati. "Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production."
Spied! Ducati Streetfighter V4
First reported May 30, 2019
Spyshots have emerged of Ducati testing a new V4 powered naked on track in Italy and if the Panigale is anything to go by, it should blow the competition out of the water. Ducati boss Claudio Domenicali has previously said there will be more models added to the V4 platform but this is the first time we’ve seen anything in the flesh.
Judging by this photo very little about the engine appears to have changed. The cases seem the same, as does the exhaust, unlike the last generation of Streetfighter that had shotgun pipes. Assuming that Ducati put some different cams in and remap it to give it more midrange, we’d expect the 1103cc engine to put out around 185bhp and 90ftlbs of torque.
The bodywork is pure Panigale, too – with the headlight matching the superbike’s aggressive looking features. There’s no screen or half fairing, like the Aprilia Tuono, but we believe that some trickery has gone on around the radiator shroud to incorporate a set of small wings, in a similar vain to the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 Serie Oro. The rest of the bodywork is very similar to the Panigale although the subframe is sporting a pillion seat and pegs. It’s also retained the V4’s single-sided swingarm and we suspect it will maintain the exact same electronics package.
We’re expecting the Streetfighter to come in a few different spec levels, with the base model effectively replacing the aging Monster 1200. As such we’d expect the base model to cost around £15,000 with an uprated S model costing more like £17,500.
Given the finished nature of the bike in the pictures, we expect to see the finished model unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show (EICMA) in November, and to arrive in showrooms by Spring 2020.
Italian design house create Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter
First published 30 January 2019
This stunning Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter could be the shape of things to come with Ducati promising more models with the MotoGP-derived engine. Italian design house Officine GP Design are building ten of these power-packed machines.
One of its most striking features is the front end with the USD forks replaced by a girder fork from FG Racing made from solid billet aluminium with an Öhlins shock. But equally striking are the custom spoked wheels from Jonich SX, which not only look wild but provide the performance expected from modern tubeless tyres.
The tank and frame have been re-covered with a specially-made textured copper skin. The lights are from a Ducati Diavel while the dash is standard model but on a special 3D printed mount.
There’s a leather saddle by Foglizzo with V4 Penta logo along with Rizoma parts including fuel cap, levers and footrests. The build was undertaken independently of the Ducati factory but does show the potential of the V4 platform.
And Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has stated we will see more bikes with the V4 engine. Speaking to MCN in November last year, he said: "We will release 29 new models over the next five years. We will continue to develop new versions of existing products but will also be entering segments that we are not currently in. As part of that, we will use the V4 engine in different platforms."
Now that, of course, could mean anything but there are a few clues. Ducati have a strong history at the Pikes Peak hillclimb in the US, including holding the current record, and have gone as far as naming a model after it. And although the 2019 event is still six months away, Ducati rider Carlin Dunne is already on the start list in the Exhibition class with a bike called '2019 Ducati TBD'.
As Pikes Peak’s rules ban fairings and clip-on bars, this naturally sets the mind whirling. Could Dunne take to the start on a modified V4 with flat bars or maybe even a V4 Streetfighter concept? Only time will tell. In the meantime, if you want to get hold of a V4 Streetfighter then you need £87,000.