After much suspense, Ducati Motor finally unveiled their brand new V4 road legal engine. The engine is derived from the MotoGP motor and will be first housed in the flagship Ducati Panigale V4 superbike. The Panigale will be showcased to the general public at the EICMA show. The new Ducati V4 engine will produce 207hp at 13,000rpm and 119Nm of torque between 8,750rpm and 12,250rpm. The engine is very similar to the MotoGP engine on which it is based and it is called the Desmosedici Stradale V4 and like the name suggests, it is a four cylinder unit.
The swept volume of the engine has been increased to make it 1100cc but the 81mm bore stays intact which in turn will thankfully help in torque at lower rpm which Ducati engines suffer producing. The 90-degree V-angle setup of engine means that it does not require a counter-balancer to be smooth. The engine will redline at a high 14,000rpm. When asked about the V4 engine setup, Ducati head Claudio Domenicali said that they wanted to extract the maximum power out of the V-twin engine and ran out of room in the chassis as a result.
This is the reason why the V4 originated and Claudio added that they still love their V-twin engines. He also informed that the firing order on the V4 engine is similar to twin cylinder counterparts to ensure similar experience in riding. He also noted that the V4 is lighter than the older twin cylinder setup.
Ducati promises a race-ready 1,000cc engine in the works which will be out by 2019 which should be exciting news for anyone who wants to see a V4 race-ready engine from Ducati. The race bike will hit the track in a few weeks from now for testing while the Ducati Panigale V4 will be showcased in the EICMA. Watch the video below to witness the new V4 engine!