Naked bike fans around the world can rejoice, for Ducati has finally released a Streetfighter version of the Panigale V2 supersport machine.
The new Ducati Streetfighter V2 fills a hole in the company’s line-up that dates back to the Streetfighter 848 that ran from 2009 to 2015, the new bike completing the naked sport bike line-up that includes the Streetfighter V4, V4 S, and the recently-announced V4 SP.
It’s not a straight take-the-clothes off job from Ducati in creating the Streetfighter V2, with subtle changes to engine output and chassis specs coming to bare.
The motor is indeed the 955 cc Superquadro V-twin with 150 hp and 75 lb-ft of torque, compared to the Panigale V2’s 155 hp and 76.7 lb-ft. It runs essentially the same chassis in the aluminum monocoque but Ducati has fitted a 0.6-inch longer swingarm for better stability under acceleration.
Ohlins has not been employed for the suspension duties, those going the way of Showa in the Big Piston Fork up front and the Sachs monoshock out the back, both ends fully-adjustable. There’s also a Sachs steering damper for when things get a little flighty.
The brakes are same as the Panigale’s in the Brembo M4.32 four-piston monobloc calipers clamping down on twin 320 mm discs with the Cornering ABS EVO electronics playing a vital back-up role, and this is the first Ducati streetbike to come fitted with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV rubber for the five spoke wheels.
Being a Ducati sports machine, you can expect the kitchen sink in terms of electronics. A six-axis Bosch IMU mitigates the following: ABS Cornering EVO with Slide Control; Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2; Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO; Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2; Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO. Unfortunately, cruise control is not a standard feature.
The 4.3-inch TFT allows for phone mirroring via the Ducati Multistrada system for navigation and phone control, and you get three riding modes in Sport, Road and Wet with dedicated electronic settings.
The bodywork is a close replica of what you get on the bigger V4 S, with a Daytime Running Light and LED headlights as standard, but there’s no wings like the big bro (you can get them via the accessory catalog in either plastic or carbon if you’ve just got to have them).
The Streetfighter V2 will be available at Ducati dealerships in North America starting in February 2022 in the Ducati Red color with black rims for $16,995 MSRP.
We’ll be testing the new Ducati Streetfighter V2 in Spain next week and will report back real soon with the findings on SBI.