Ahead of EICMA, Ducati is today pulling the covers off a load of new models for 2020, and we’re pretty excited about that. What we think we know already is that there’ll be a new Panigale 959, possibly called the Panigale V2, and of course there’s the hugely anticipated Streetfighter V4 that’s already broken cover for Pikes Peak.
Beyond those two, we’re not sure. There were rumours of a Multistrada V4, but Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali dispelled that and said it was coming in 2021. So what might there be? Monster 1260? Desert Sled 1100? Some kind of updated Supersport?
In an hour or so’s time we’ll know…. We’re reporting from Rimini, and we’ll be updating this story throughout the event…
11:01 BST – Scrambler Icon Dark
Still 800cc. Same spec as the rest – cornering ABS, new mirrors, LEDs everywhere, yada yada. Cool!
Diavel 1260 updates and new pricing
11:02 BST – Multistrada 1260 GT
Fog lights, boxes on the back, new electronics (tyre pressure monitoring system, electronic fuel cap). Molte bene!
11:06am BST – Panigale V2 breaks cover
Domenicali says the V2 is small, compact, lean and pure, and meets plenty of customer needs. It’s taken much of the Panigale V4’s look, and has returned to a single swing-arm. Ducati have thrown away the old LCD dashboard and fitted the modern TFT from the V4 and Hypermotard models. Domenicali says the traction control is now much better.
11:11am BST – Panigale V2 has much better traction control, DCT Evo 2, makes 151hp and weighs 176kg
The Panigale V2 still has the monocoque chassis; it does not use the same twin-spar chassis as the Panigale V4. Ducati describe it as the best entry-level performance superbike. Power is more or less unchanged from the Panigale 959 at 155hp.
11:15am – Panigale V4 2020 enters the stage
Ok, we didn’t quite expect this. We knew, of course, the V4 would need to be updated for 2020, because of Euro5, but we thought it might be a silent update. Seems not!
Ducati say it’s the best selling superbike in the world with a near 19% market share (though they don’t quote any actual numbers)
The 2020 V4 is a touch wider, has better cooling, and the downforce applied to the front wheel is stronger. All models now have the R’s wings, and have a black frame rather than silver.
Sounds like power and weight are unchanged, but with a better torque response throughout the rev range, on all models (standard, S, R).
All the racers say it’s much better – well, of course.
One thing they didn’t mention: it’s now Euro5 compliant, and probably is a bit quieter as a result. Ducati all it “the Science of Speed”.
11:31am – Streetfighter V4 is coming…
We’re going through all the previous street fighters.
The recipe is simple, Ducati says.
This thing is insane. 208hp! 28kg of downforce at 168mph… 178kg.
It looks torquey, which is saying something since the Panigale V4 is already really torquey…
Domenicali says it’s comfortable on the road. We’d guessed that much, Claudio!
Pricing as follows, (£ unconfirmed)
World Ducati Week is back!
17th-19th of July 2020 at Misano.
Show’s over. Hope you enjoyed it.
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