Ducati is known for making some of the most exotic motorcycles in current times, with a keen focus on visual aesthetics and performance like no other brand. Out of its entire lineup, the Superleggera sub-brand of super sport track bike stands out the most. This sub-brand currently has the Ducati Superleggera V4, a super-premium and more powerful version of the standard Panigale V4.
There are several factors which give the Ducati Superleggera V4 the status of an elusive motorcycle and a true collectors’ item. Following are the key highlights of the Ducati Superleggera V4:
It’s A Super Exclusive Motorcycle
The chapter of Superleggera’ in Ducati’s portfolio has always been reserved for super exclusive road-legal super-sport machines. The motorcycles with this tag of ‘Superleggera’ offer an experience very close to that of a track bike, and have always been produced in limited numbers.
The same goes for the Ducati Superleggera V4 as well. It is the first four-cylinder motorcycle to have a four-cylinder engine. Adding to its exclusivity is the fact that its production is restricted to only 500 units. The serial number of each and every production unit of the Superleggera V4 is embossed on a nameplate which is mounted on the handlebar of the motorcycle. This makes it a unique top-notch limited edition motorcycle, and no surprises that this motorcycle carries a hefty price as well.
It’s A Super-light Motorcycle
A majority of the body panels of the Ducati Superleggera V4, including various parts of the front fairing, front fender, winglets, headlamp casings and tail piece are made up of carbon fiber. In addition to this, the other parts of the motorcycle such as fuel tank, fairing, exhaust and chassis in a whole are made up of extremely light-weighted materials.
The result? The Ducati Superleggera V4 is the lightest super sport motorcycle of its class, which tips the weighing scales at just 152 kgs. This, coupled with the 214 bhp of maximum power output of the motorcycle, gives it a tremendous power-to-weight ratio.
It’s Got Oodles Of Performance
The Ducati Superleggera V4 sources its power from a four-stroke, liquid cooled, 90-degree V4, 998cc engine. While it might not be the largest engine in the category of liter class super sport motorcycles, it certainly ranks in a high order when it comes to pure performance on offer.
The 999cc engine of the Ducati Superleggera V4 is capable of putting up a maximum power output of 224 bhp, which goes up to 234 bhp @ 15,500 rpm with the full racing exhaust option. This makes it the most powerful liter class super sport engine in its category. The torque output too is quite healthy at 119 Nm @ 11,500 rpm.
It’s Got Top Notch Mechanical Hardware
The Ducati Superleggera V4 is the best super sport the Italian bike maker has come up with till date. To match the aggression and sophistication in its styling and engine, the other mechanical setup of hardware too is of higher order. The Ducati Superleggera V4 runs on specially designed Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres, which are exclusively made only for this motorcycle using a special type of compound.
In addition, the Ducati Superleggera V4 also gets 43mm Ohlins NPX25/30 upside down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock with carbon fiber swingarm at the rear. Both these front and rear suspension units are fully adjustable. The bike also gets specially designed light-weight 5-spoke carbon fiber 17-inch wheels.
It’s Got Bundles Of Tech on Offer
There is no denying to the fact that the Ducati Superleggera V4 is one of the most sophisticated motorcycle of all times, and a big credit for this goes to its long equipment list.
The Ducati Superleggera V4 gets a host of electronic riding aids on offer, such as Ducati Power Launch, Ducati up-down quickshifter Evo 2, cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control EVO, Ducati Slide Control, Engine Brake Control EVO, ride modes and power modes.
In addition to these electronics, the Ducati Superleggera V4 also gets premium features like 5-inch TFT instrument console, GPS module, lap timer EVO 2, PIT limiter, full LED headlamps with daytime running LEDs, quick adjustments buttons, high flow air filter and a Akrapovic titanium full exhaust setup.