Ducati has come out all guns blazing with as many as five new models at the 2017 EICMA. Meet the limited edition, insane Panigale V4 Speciale.
The Ducati Panigale V4 was definitely the central focus of the Ducati World Premiere at EICMA, but along with it debuted a hardcore version of the flagship superbike. Christened by Ducati as Panigale V4 Speciale, all the talk is centred around its power output. And why not, since the Speciale belts out an astounding 226 hp at the crank!
It’s not just the power that makes the Panigale V4 Speciale a proper beast, but also the weight it pulls around. It weighs just 164 kg dry, bang in the territory of middleweight motorcycles. The weight and power figures combine to impart the Speciale not just class leading, but a potential benchmark power-to-weight ratio. The weight savings come through the subframe, which is made of magnesium instead of aluminium used on the base Panigale. Forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini and bits and pieces made of carbon fiber and titanium remove even more mass from the Speciale. A full system Akrapovic exhaust further cuts down weight, to a total that is 10 kg lighter than the base Panigale.
The 12 hp power bump is courtesy of the Akrapovic system, which means all bikes in the Panigale range can be specced with the exhaust to gain those much wanted extra ponies. The Panigale V4 Speciale shares a lot of cycle parts with the V4 S. This means it also gets trick suspension from Öhlins, which includes NIX30 forks and TTX36 shock. Both the suspension components are electronically adjustable on the fly.
The Panigale V4 Speciale also gets top-of-the-shelf brakes from Brembo to keep all the 226 horses in check. It gets Brembo Stylema four-piston calipers biting on twin 330 mm discs up front. Bosch cornering ABS rounds up the safety net, hooked up to a multiple-axis IMU.
The Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale is only limited to 1,500 units, with priority given to Ducatisti. Better hurry and get yourself a piece of automotive historical milestone, before they are all sold out!