Ducati Panigale First Look

As we reported last month, Ducati presents a new Panigale V4 SP2, a numbered production model described as “the ultimate track machine”.”Internationally, the SP2 is a 2022 model, but for North America it will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter as a 2023 model.

As the successor to the 2021 SP model, the SP2 takes all the updates that the Panigale V4 and V4 s received for 2022 and adds a number of upgrades to win the “Sport Production” Label.These upgrades include carbon wheels, Brembo Stylema R calipers, MCS radial master cylinders, STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, a lighter 520 chain, Rizoma billet footrests and matte black winter test paint.

Ducati claims that the five-spoke carbon rims of the SP2 are 3.1 pounds lighter than the forged aluminum wheels of the Panigale V4 S. Ducati also claims a 26% reduction in inertia for the front wheel and a 46% reduction in the rear. Together with a number of other carbon components, the wheels contribute to a claimed curb weight of 428.7 pounds, compared to the claimed 431 pounds of the Panigale V4 S.

The Brembo monoblock Stylema R calipers are an evolution of the Stylema M4.30 units of the Panigale V4 S. The Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) Radial Master Cylinder offers three configurations to customize the braking sensation.
The front brake lever is adjustable via a knob on the left handle, and both levers are milled at the ends to reduce drag. The Rizoma footrests are also adjustable and are based on the improved Ergonomics of the Panigale V4 2022 range.

The STM-EVO SBK dry clutch and the 520 chain axle drive of the Panigale V4 SP2 come from Ducati’s World Superbike Machines. According to Ducati, the dry clutch offers an improved anti-skip function and better “off-throttle” fluidity compared to the wet clutch of the V4 S. The clutch also allows a secondary upgrade of the Ducati Performance catalog spring to adjust the engine braking level.

Like the relatively pedestrian Panigale V4s, the 1,103 cm3 Desmosedici Stradale engine gets a 1.5 hp increase in peak power to the claimed 215.5 HP at 13,000 rpm for the Euro 5 models, but the North American models only produce 210 hp at 12,500 rpm. Ducati will also offer an Akrapovič titanium exhaust, which claims to add an additional 12.5 horsepower while increasing the maximum torque by a claimed 90.6 lb-ft. up to 96.6 lb-ft.

The suspension is also unchanged from the V4 s, with a fully adjustable NPX25 / 30 43 mm inverted fork and a Ttx36 shock absorber From Öhlins, with the electronic compression and rebound damping settings based on Smart EC 2.0 events.

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