Ducati, an Italian manufacturer of superbike headquarters in Bologna, always prepares something special for each edition of the EICMA, the world's largest exhibition in Italy. For the current edition of 2018, Ducati raised ante by passing the most powerful production motorcycle ever (we forget EV for now), Panigale V4 R.
The Panigale V4 R is a clean VSBK motorcycle competitor and is the technical basis for the official Ducati Superbikes to compete at the World Cup since the 2019 season.
Experts in Ducati replaced the 1.103cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine (in Panigale V4 and V4 S) with 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R in accordance with the movement restrictions set by VSBK rules in V4 R.
The first is designed to provide power to the current power supply and excellent pullback power with a low hole for optimum use on the road, while a reduced 998cc engine in the new V4R offers more extreme performance, which is ideal for using the track.
Higher air intake efficiency allows a faster rev-up engine and moves the rpm speed of the red zone to provide an improved acceleration of the 998 cc engine. As a result, it develops 221hp of power at 15,250 rpm, which is 2,250 rpm above the maximum power point of the 1103cc engine.
Before you estimate that the power ratio is inferior to the Kawasaki Ninja H2 that develops 231hp from a super-charged engine, the full-fledged Ducati Performance exhaust from Akrapovič takes over the total output power of the Panigala V4 R at 234hp at 15,500 rpm.
In short, Panigale is the most powerful Ducati factory engine ever, and the most powerful passenger legal production bike ever.
Extreme performance is also completed by passing the weight of an empty vehicle to just 193 kg lighter internal components. The Panigale V4 R is lighter by 2 kg compared to the Panigala V4S, which reduces the weight of the vehicle to just 193 kg. To put it in perspective, the KTM 390 Duke, which we see on a daily basis, weighs 154 kg.
Ducati India sells Panigale V4 at Rs 20.53 lakh while Panigale V4 S is priced at 25.29 lakh (Ek-shovroom). Accordingly, the Panigale V4R is expected to be estimated at less than 30 lakhs. On the other hand, the main rival Kavasaki Ninja H2 costs 34.5 lakh hands (former showroom).