221HP stock with an additional 13 horses on standby for the Ducati Panigale V4 R.
Words: Allan Lane//Images: Ducati
Unleashed at the 2019 Ducati World Première 2019, the 2019 Panigale V4 R made its debut with booming demand. The V4 R’s components, derived from the MotoGP and WorldSBK paddock, push the engineering envelope of both design and performance.
Most visibly notable, at the onset, are the new fairings that include a set of winglets, or front spoilers that assist in the aerodynamic efforts at higher speeds. Made from carbon fiber, they boost stability while in motion and allow for less reliance on and engagement of the bikes electronic package to keep you grounded.
Okay! Let’s get into it. The numbers. Manufacturers are continually searching for manners and methods in which their production bikes can have the highest output of power. Never resting on their laurels, the quest for more is never-ending. Starting with the foundation of the Desmosedici Stradale R 998cc engine, a slightly scaled down version of the V4’s 1103cc engine, the V4 R is designed to get right work, sooner, faster and stronger. With a wet weight of 425 pounds, the V4 R weighs less than the V4 thanks to lighter components, increasing the sacred power to weight ratio, optimizing performance. Working in tow is the V4 R’s improved air intake, advancing efficiency of the bikes ability to breathe, resulting in more productive acceleration. These elements combined, bring forth Ducati’s most powerful production motorcycle to roll out of Bologna with a claimed output of 221 horses at 15,250rpms.
That’s not enough for you? Not a problem because you can unleash an additional 13 horses with the installment of the Akrapovic full race exhaust system, bringing the maximum horsepower output to 234 horses.