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2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2

2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 30The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 is another step toward the racetrack for the Italian brand’s flagship superbike. Although the Desmosedici Stradale motor and frame are mechanically unchanged, there are plenty of technical and hardware upgrades that will make this a formidable racer and track day favourite.

Carbon fibre wheels reduce unsprung weight by over 1.3 kg compared to the V4 S’s forged aluminium wheels. According to Ducati, this reduces inertia by 26 percent for the front wheel and 46 percent for the rear.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 26With the lighter wheels come stronger Brembo Style R callipers. The front braking system is highly adjustable, thanks to the Brembo MCS radial pump. There are three actuation ratios available so the rider can personalize the feel. Additionally, a remote brake lever adjuster near the left grip allows the rider to perfect the lever position without distracting the throttle hand. Further, the clutch and front brake levers have milled ends to reduce drag.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 14The electronics on the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 are track ready. There’s a new Track Evo display that is inspired by the dash readout used in MotoGP. The tachometer runs horizontally, with the gear position cantered on the dash. Four sectors, delineated by different colours, tell you if electronic controls for traction, slide, wheelie, and engine braking control have been activated. The left side of the dash shows your speed, lap time, and number of laps completed. GPS is standard, which constantly monitors your track position. Finally, the Ducati Data Analyzer assists you in evaluating your track sessions.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 1The most serious riders will want the optional Ducati Performance Software. This software ups the traction control game to include slick and rain tires. Five customizable riding modes can be stored, and the DPS can memorize five tracks.

Ducati has also upgraded the base software. There are four power modes—Full, High, Medium, and Low—with Full and Low being new. Each gear in the six-speed transmission gets its own torque curve. Maximum output remains at 210 horsepower at 12,500 rpm, and 91 ft-lbs of torque at 11,000.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 10A track-only full-titanium Ducati Performance exhaust system is optional. Ducati worked on it with Akrapovič. The results are impressive—an 18-horsepower peak output increase, and maximum torque is boosted to 97 ft-lbs. Plus, the system is much lighter than the stock exhaust.

If you’ve missed dry clutches on Ducatis, the SP2 has one. The dry clutch offers less resistance to the motor.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 12The SP2’s Rizoma adjustable racing foot pegs are anodized aluminium, and grippier. Carbon fibre heel guards keep your boots where they belong.

You get a track kit with the 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2. The kit includes an open clutch carbon fibre clutch cover, billet aluminium caps for the mirror mounts, and parts to facilitate removing the license plate.

Passengers don’t get to ride with you on the SP2. That’s a solo seat, so no two-up riding at the track.2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 17Winter Test livery gives the SP2 a factory look. Matte black dominates, with accenting coming from the brushed aluminium fuel tank and strategically placed red. Don’t miss the tri-colour Italian flag graphic on the wings. Though it’s not offered as a limited-edition model, the top triple-clamp has a specific number for each 2023 Panigale V4 SP2.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 Specs 

ENGINE

Type: Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4 w/ counter-rotating crankshaft

Displacement: 1103cc

Bore x stroke: 81 x 53.5mm

Maximum power: 210 horsepower @ 12,500 rpm

Maximum torque: 91 ft-lbs @ 11,000 rpm

Compression ratio: 14.0:1

Valvetrain: Desmodromic actuation w/ 4vpc

Fuelling: Twin injectors per cylinder w/ elliptical throttle bodies

Transmission: 6-speed w/ straight-cut gears and quick shifter

Clutch: Dry multiplate w/ assist function

Final drive: 520 chain2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 16

CHASSIS

Frame: Aluminium monocoque w/ Öhlins electronic steering damper

Front suspension: Fully adjustable semi-active Öhlins NIX25/30 pressurized 43mm fork.

Rear suspension: Fully adjustable semi-active Öhlins TTX36 shock.

Wheels: 5 split-spoke carbon fibre.

Front wheel: 17 x 3.50

Rear wheel: 17 x 6.00

Tires: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP

Front tire: 120/70 x 17

Rear tire: 200/60 x 17

Front brakes: Semi-floating 330mm discs w/ Brembo Stylema R 4-piston callipers and Brembo MC 19.21 self-bleeding master cylinder

Rear brake: 245mm disc w/ 2-piston calliper

ABS: Cornering ABS Evo2023 ducati panigale v4 sp2 first look superbike track bike racing motorcycle 15

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES 

Wheelbase: 57.8 inches

Rake: 24.5 degrees

Trail: 3.9 inches

Seat height: 33.5 inches

Fuel capacity: 4.5 gallons

Curb weight: 429 pounds

Colour: Winter Test

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