Luxury motorcycle brand Ducati announced the launch of the new Panigale V4 R in India, with prices starting at Rs 69,99,000 Ex-Showroom India, making it the most powerful and expensive Ducati on sale in the country.
The new Ducati Panigale V4 R has the presence of carbon wings and MotoGP-inspired livery, which integrates the white plates with the number "1" signifying Ducati’s status as a champion in MotoGP and WorldSBK championships. With the first lot of 5 bikes selling out, the Panigale V4 R’s deliveries will begin immediately.
Commenting on the launch, Bipul Chandra, Managing Director, Ducati India, said, “The Panigale V4 R is the closest production motorcycle to a competition race bike ever. It’s the only Ducati that adopts technology and learnings from Ducati’s success in the MotoGP and WorldSBK Championship. The first lot of 5 bikes reached India and got sold out in no time which is a testament to Ducati’s legacy when it comes to superbikes. Today, the tickets for the first ever MotoGP race in India went live and it’s the perfect day to launch this special Panigale V4R edition!”
The heart of the Panigale V4 R is the new 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R, an engine capable of reaching a maximum engine speed of 16,500 rpm in sixth gear (16,000 in the other ratios) and delivering a maximum power of 218 hp at 15,500 rpm (Euro-5 compliant), absolute benchmark values in the superbike segment of the same displacement. The full potential of this engine, however, is expressed on the track by fitting the racing Akrapovic exhaust, which allows it to reach 237 hp, 3 hp more than the predecessor.
The engine development of the new Panigale V4 R also involved the production of a special oil developed by Shell in collaboration with Ducati Corse. The new performance oil guarantees a 10% reduction in mechanical friction and leads to an increase in maximum power of a further 3.5 hp, which rises to +4.5 hp at the limiter.
With the combination of racing exhaust and the dedicated Shell oil, the maximum power output of the Panigale V4 R can therefore reach an extraordinary 240.5 hp. These numbers are possible thanks to the adoption of sophisticated technical solutions derived from the world of racing competition.
Race oriented Electronics:
The greater effectiveness of the Panigale V4 R in circuit use is also obtained thanks to the adoption of all the electronic evolutions already introduced on the Panigale V4 '22 and '23, with the expansion and evolution of the Power Modes, new “Track Evo” display on the dashboard, engine maps with calibration dedicated to each single gear, refinements to the Ducati Traction Control and the Ride By Wire system, but also the adoption of the Engine Brake Control EVO 2 strategy, the new strategy for the DQS and the
cooling fan control update.
Within the riding modes, the new Power Mode logic has been adopted with dedicated calibrations for the Desmosedici Stradale R engine. There are four engine strategies: Full, High, Medium, Low. Full and Low are newly designed, while the High and Medium configurations have been revised.
To increase nimbleness, rider feeling and grip, the chassis follows the evolutionary direction traced by the Panigale V4/V4 S with the 2022 model, while maintaining fully mechanical suspension adjustment. At the front, the Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurised fork increases its travel by 5 mm compared to the previous "R". This technical solution, combined with an Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber and a standard adjustment of the swingarm pivot to the +1 position, increases the rear height by 20 mm. In this way, a higher center of gravity is achieved and therefore greater nimbleness in corner entry and changes of direction.
The Panigale V4 R continues with the layout based on the “Front Frame” and single-sided aluminium swingarm of the Ducati Panigale family. It is possible to adjust the height of the rear swingarm pivot in 4 positions in 2 mm steps. The position of the swingarm pivot accentuates the anti-squat effect by improving stability, precision and ability to maintain the trajectory when coming out of corners.
The aerodynamic package has been revised with a view to greater efficiency: the new two-element wings (main + flap) guarantee the same aerodynamic load, but are more compact and thinner (respectively by 40% and 50%). To improve the cooling of the engine, stabilizing its performance in extreme use on the circuit, the fairing has been modified in the layout of the extractors in the lower area, and complies with the World Superbike Championship regulations. Also in the lower part, on the left side, there is an air intake to cool the sensor of the Ducati Quick Shift.
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