Ducati has kept its fans on toes who are now waiting for the company to unleash the race version of Panigale V4 at the coming season of National Superbike Championship in 2019.
This weekend the Panigale V4 R debuted at the British Superbike round at Brands Hatch. Riding the Italian premiere’s mean machine was Michele Pirro who has been pushing Ducati at the top of the charts in the previous seasons of World Superbike Championship.
Our knowledge about the bike is limited as Ducati has been tight-lipped about further specifications of the bike. However, reports suggest that the Panigale V4 R is a 1000cc V5 engine that features desmodromic valves, a counter-rotating crankshaft and big bang firing order.
Speculations on the monstrous creation state that the bike will clock a max power output of over 210bhp and cost roughly $40,000 along with some aerodynamic winglets.
A few videos of the bike making rounds at the British Superbike round that surfaced, suggesting that the bike runs a bit hot, needing extra air channelling through the fairings. However, it could be a jaw-dropping revelation that Ducati is planning a return of the dry-clutch.
Reports about earlier test session of the bike state that the Ducati Panigale V4 R shows impressive power on the track even at an early developmental stage.
On the other hand, Kawasaki seems to have an untameable win with rider Jonathan Rea who rides on the Zx-10RR. While Ducati ditched its old 1200cc bike for the new Panigale V4, Kawasaki too added updates to its Zx-10 RR.
In order to exceed the rev limit on the new bike, reports suggest that Kawasaki is likely to reduce valve-train mass by 20 per cent by replacing the current DLC-coated inverted-bucket valve tappets as well as lighter pivoted finger followers. The company claims that this allows 600-rev rise in stock peak rpm.
Kawasaki will use its own use titanium alloy to make the exhaust valves. This can be commonly seen among jet engine LP compressor blades and discs due to its high-temperature tolerance.