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Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype makes debut at Pikes Peak

Published: 28 June 2019

Updated: 02 July 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.

Codie Vahsholtz on the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Pikes Peak

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."

The Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype in action

Spied! Ducati Streetfighter V4

First reported May 30, 2019

Ducati Streetfighter V4 spy shot

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.

Front-on spy shot of the Ducati Streetfighter V4

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.

Side-on spy shot of the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4

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.

Is Ducati testing its new Streetfighter V4?

Italian design house create Ducati Panigale V4 streetfighter

First published 30 January 2019

Ducati V4 Penta

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.

Ducati V4 Penta rear three quarter

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