There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Ducati are one of the finest motorcycle manufacturers in the world. The iconic Italian brand was initally founded way back in 1926 and since then have produced some incredibly machines and had great success in motorsport, mainly in the World Superbike Championship and in the MotoGP World Championship. But of course, it is the road bike area in which Ducati are most famous for, with epic bikes such as the XDiavel Nera being recent launches from the Italian brand.

Any new launch of a motorcycle is exciting, and particularly if it is a Ducati. One of the best bikes in the Ducati lineup is anything with the Panigale name, particularly the Panigale V4. And now Ducati have launched their new 2022 Panigale V4 SP2, a bike that they are heralding as the ultimate racetrack machine. This possibly one of Ducati’s best and most intriguing bikes yet, and from the photos released it is certainly a striking machine. This is everything that you need to know about Ducati’s latest bike and what to expect.

Ducati Panigale V4 SP2: The Basics

Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Front Quarter View Right
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Let's take a look at some basic details of this new bike. A bike that perhaps sees the most significant change to Ducati’s Panigale V4 platform. This is in essence a top-tier sportbike and potentially will be the ultimate version of the Panigale V4 family. The bike is actually built on the 1,103 cc V4 Desomsedici Stradale from the V4S bike, and not the 1,000 cc V4R as you might have expected. Ducati’s aim with this bike is to make it not only as fast as possible, but also as user-friendly as possible so that speed can be easily controlled. A key component for any bike, road, or track.

In horsepower terms, that engine will produce 210 hp which for a bike that is all designed as a lightweight machine, that is more than enough. Owners of the bike can add extra power with the full-titanium Akrapovic system, and the Ducati Performance racing exhaust takes both 11 lbs from the bike and also adds some extra power to the bike, taking it up to 228 hp, which is quite a lot for a light bike. That is a 12 hp increase from the standard bike, although it will cost around $5,000 extra to add this.

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Ducati Panigale V4 SP2: An Aggressive Looking Ducati

Ducati Paigale V4 SP2 Clutch Detail
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The bike is incredible aggressive looking, as it is complete without a paint job. What we have seen so far is the bike in a winter test livery, mate black with red accents and a Ducati Corse logo. While red will no doubt be coming to the bike soon, it will still look aggressive when it has that full paint livery on it. The fuel tank is in a gorgeous brushed aluminum, and the single-seater configuration gives the bike a very purposeful stance and highlights its sporty intentions.

Extra exterior details also include the carbon fiber winglets and the carbon fiber front fender, helping to complete that track ready look. There is a choice of ride modes for the bike too, with Ducati allowing us to pick between two track oriented modes, which will be Race A and Race B. A special Track Evo display option will come to suit the circuit that you take the bike too, and for when you want it on the track, the SP2 also comes with a license plate holder removal cover as well as billet aluminum mirror hole covers. This should hopefully make conversion of the bike for the track a bit easier.

Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Testing Portimao
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Even the wheel design on the Ducati is massively aggressive. The SP2 really ups the ante compared to previous models, with five-split spoke carbon wheels. These are very lightweight and shave 3.1 lbs from the forged aluminum hoops that you can find on the standard Panigale V4 and the V4 S. The aim here is to really help riders when it comes to cornering, and also in tricky chicanes and tighter turns, and allow the bike to be that bit more agile.

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Ducati Panigale V4 SP2: An Epic And Truly Exciting Bike

Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Parked At Portimao
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A fast bike needs good brakes, and that is exactly what this Ducati has. The SP2 has powerful Brembo Stylema R Calipers, and these are all fed thanks to a Brembo 19.21 MCS master cylinders. This in theory allows riders full control as they approach the corner. The bike also comes with a GPS logger and data analyzer as standard, meaning that you can track how fast you are and see how much faster the bike is making you. It will also show you where you need to make up some time compared to your rivals. The bike will have an MSRP of $39,500 as standard, and it will be in a limited production run. Ducati say it will be available in North America in mid-2022 and hopefully deliveries will have commenced by Q4 2022. No doubt, many customers will be in love with this epic new Ducati track bike.

Source: Ducati

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