After a long pause, the Ducati Streetfighter nameplate made a comeback, and how! Say hello to the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 S, which is touted to be the naked roadster version of the mighty Panigale V4 S. This is one huge thing to say, which brings in a lot of hopes and expectations from the new flagship roadster from Ducati. Thankfully, the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 S has managed to live up to the tall expectations enthusiasts had attached with it.
Here are all the important aspects of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S which one should know about:
Design: It actually looks like a Panigale without fairing
Unlike the previous generation version, the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 S truly looks like a naked version of the flagship super sport, which right now is the Panigale. Ducati has retained the muscular fuel tank as well as pointy and minimalist tail section of the Panigale for the Streetfighter.
In addition, this is the first road-legal roadster to come fitted with winglets on its sides, which enhance the already excellent aerodynamic design of the motorcycle. However, it misses out on the full fairing bodywork and gets a super sleek LED headlamp at the front. These changes do make the Ducati Streetfighter a very aggressive looking motorcycle in the process.
Engine: Makes the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S the most powerful naked roadster
Ducati has also retained the four-stroke, liquid cooled, Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4, 1103cc engine from the Panigale for the Streetfighter V4 S. This engine has been engineered on the lines of Ducati’s Moto GP-spec Desmosedici V4 engine, by having the similar dimensions and geometry. This makes the new Streetfighter V4 S the first four naked roadster from Ducati to have a four cylinder engine under its bodywork.
This engine has been retuned substantially to suit the aggressive character of the Streetfighter V4 S, and here, it makes 208 bhp of maximum power and 123 Nm of maximum torque. These are some really peaky figures for a flagship naked roadster, which makes the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S the most powerful roadster in the current times.
Mechanical Hardware: No compromises made
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S employs a super sophisticated mechanical hardware, which complements the premium appeal and sporty characteristics of the motorcycle. In comes a suspension combination sourced from Ohlins – 43mm fully electronically adjustable front forks at the front and fully electronically adjustable Ohlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear, both of which get Ohlins smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. The braking combination too is of top-class level, with the combination of dual 330mm disc brakes at front and single 245mm disc brake with Brembo Stylema calipers.
List of Electronic Riding Aids and Features – A naked roadster was never as well equipped as this
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S has been bestowed with all the top-class electronic riding aids which were usually available only with a range topping super sport fully faired motorcycle.
The power-packed Streetfighter V4 S gets three riding modes (race, sport, street), cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control Evo 2, Ducati Slide Control, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Power Launch, Ducati up-and-down quickshifter EVO 2, Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO, Ducati Lap Timer GPS, Ducati Data Analyzer+ GPS and Ducati Multimedia System. That’s a long list of electronics which makes the Streetfighter V4 S not too intimidating to ride despite the rage of power and thrill it packs in.
Pricing and Competition – Sits right at the top of the game
Priced at Rs. 22.99 lakh (ex-showroom, India), the Ducati Streetfighter V4S vertainly isn’t an affordable motorcycle, and is at the peak of the lineup of power-packed naked roadsters available in the country. The price tag is quite justified for the facts that it is brought in as through CBU route, it packs in the best-in-class engine and suite of electronic riding aids and has the best mechanical hardware to back its fantastic riding dynamics.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S takes on the brigade of top-notch liter class naked roadsters from various motorcycle makers, most of which are from Europe. Motorcycles like BMW S1000R, Triumph Speed Triple RS and Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 are the direct competitors to the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S.