If there is one brand of motorcycle that stirs the emotions more than others, it has to be that of Ducati. The legendary Italian company has a long history of producing great machines, having been founded some 95 years ago back in 1926. In that time, they have produced some of the best road-going bikes in the world. But on top of that, the brand has become famous in motorcycle racing too, winning the MotoGP world championship with Casey Stoner at the helm of one of its bikes and also achieving great success in the Superbike World Championship.
It is their road-going machines that Ducati is most famous for, however. Ducati has quite recently unveiled a new pair of Streetfighter bikes. The first of those has been the Ducati Streetfighter V2, based upon the highly successful and popular Panigale V2. The other bike the company launched is the equally stunning-looking Streetfighter V4 SP, and both bikes are building upon the success of the V4 model. Both are designed to get the adrenaline flowing, and the V4 SP might be the most adrenaline-pumping naked sports bike we have seen to date.
Streetfighter V4 SP Gets A Dedicated Livery
Clearly, Ducati wants to make the Streetfighter V4 SP stand out as much as possible. To that end, the company has created a dedicated livery for the bike. The livery has been dubbed Winter Test, and it takes inspiration from Ducati Corse bikes that have run in both MotoGP and the SPK championships during pre-season tests. It’s a matt black livery that covers the fairings, with a matt carbon finish applied to the rims and wings that is accentuated by some bright red accents and a brushed aluminum tank that sparkles quite dramatically when the bike is in the sun.
There are more details as well designed to enrich the appearance of the bike. Ducati has added excellent details to the bike, such as the progressive number that has been printed on the handlebar as well as the Italian flag color scheme that can be seen on the carbon wings. Ducati has shaved 3lb of weight from the weight of the rims compared to the standard Streetfighter V4S, the SP’s being of a five-split-spoke carbon. This helps to make the bike more agile on twisty roads, and with a lighter and quicker change of direction.
Be Still My Beating Heart
The real showpiece though is that glorious Ducati engine that sits within the frame. The Streetfighter V4 SP comes with the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine. This produces 208 hp and delivers around 123 nm of torque. To handle that power under braking, the bike is fitted with Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers, which are exclusive to this bike. Ducati did extensive testing with these brakes both on-road and on the race track, to really push them to their limits and ensure its customers got the very best braking performance possible.
The bike might sound intimidating. Indeed, 203 hp for a bike so light is quite a lot and more than the Streetfighter V2. But Ducati has provided plenty of technical equipment to ensure it is ideal for a novice. The bike has the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, developed from Ducati’s World Superbike technology, and should help those who ride the bike around the track on track days to have a better anti-hopping function. There is also a carbon front mudguard, accessories available for track days and adjustable aluminon CNC machined footpegs. Clearly, making this as smooth a ride as possible is Ducati’s aim.
Further Details On The Streetfighter V4 SP
Overall, the Streetfighter V4 SP weighs in at just 196 kg, 3 kg less than the standard V4S. That means all of that 208 hp is packed into an ultra-light and agile machine. Ducati has used some pretty high-end electronics and both the V4 SP and the Streetfighter V2. The V4 SP has an electronic Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 kit that has been brought over from the Streetfighter S, why change something if you know it already works? There are a wealth of rider aids available such as traction control, and even the lithium-ion battery has been designed to save weight.
A Potent Streetfighter
Both the Streetfighter V4 SP and the Streetfighter V2 look like they are going to be extremely potent bikes for whoever buys them. The Streetfighter V4 SP definitely has more to offer when it comes to horsepower, but the Streetfighter V2 should clearly not be under-estimated at all. The 153 hp that the latter bike offers will still be more than enough for many people to get a good kick out of riding the bike. Both bikes will be available come early 2022, and there will no doubt be a lot of customers lining up to experience Ducati’s latest and possibly greatest Streetfighters.