The Ducati Fight Formula continues to deliver as the Italian motorcycle brand announces its 2023 Streetfighter V4, V4 S and V4 SP2 with heavy influence from the Panigale V4.
The accomplished Ducati Fight Formula, the foundation of the Streetfighter V4 platform, is characterized as a 392-pound (dry) naked Panigale V4, with a high and wide handlebar, 208 hp Desmosedici Stradale engine, biplane wings, and industry-leading electronics. Since its 2020 introduction, the Streetfighter V4 has dominated the naked bike segment. With design and engineering notes from the latest edition of the Panigale V4, the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 machines are aimed to raise the bar even higher.
The 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine of the Streetfighter V4 has been updated to match the larger size of the bike’s silencer outlet, deemed necessary to reduce exhaust back pressure. The new Streetfighter V4 has the same power modes as the Panigale V4 and V4 S but they have been calibrated specifically for the 2023 Streetfighter engine: Full, High, Medium, and Low, as well as Wet. Ducati introduces a new Ride by Wire management system for the 2023 Streetfighter V4’s High and Medium power modes. The Low setting limits the maximum power of the bike to 165 hp with a manageable throttle response.
The Streetfighter V4 2023 is also updated with Ducati’s new Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software. This allows for increased stability, precision and directionality while braking and entering corners. There is also a new Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system that improves the fluidity of shifting at every degree of opening throttle, whether partial or fully open.
The new Streetfighter V4’s chassis also follows the Panigale V4 family’s footsteps by offering stability improvements, a better-feeling front-end and increased riding safety. The suspension components include semi-active Ohlins NIX30 upside-down 43 mm forks and a TTX36 shock with SmartEC 2.0 interface.
The 2023 Streetfighter V4 employs the same fuel tank as the 2022 Panigale V4. This design gives better support to the rider during braking and cornering, while offering a greater capacity of 17 liters. The front frame and the Desmosedici Stradale engine are exposed and on display, as they should be in regard to a naked bike. The bodywork is minimal. In addition, on the right side there is now a clutch cover just like the one from the Panigale V4 which makes it easy to convert to a dry clutch setup.
Another design note from the Panigale V4 would be the dashboard on the new Streetfighter V4. Adhering to the adage that less is more, the new dash has been updated to make it simpler and more descriptive with revised graphics.
But wait… There’s more!
The 2023 limited edition Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 is offered in Ducati Corse-inspired “Winter Test” livery, which features a matt black body with carbon finish rims and wings, contrasting with the red accents and brushed aluminum tank.
Ducati’s Streetfighter V4 SP2 comes with 5 split-spoke carbon rims that are 1.4 kg lighter than the forged aluminum Marchesini rims found on the Streetfighter V4 S. The result of the difference is a 26% reduction in moment of inertia at the front and 46% at the rear.
The Streetfighter V4 SP2 is equipped with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch and Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers. Additional bells and whistles include adjustable aluminum rearsets, a carbon fiber front mudguard, an open carbon clutch cover, a license plate holder removal kit, etc.
You will find the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 ($22,095) and V4 S ($27,795) models in Ducati dealerships starting January 2023. The V4 SP2 ($37,995) version will not be available until March 2023.