With its latest Panigale edition, the V4 SP2, Ducati raises the bar even further on special edition track bikes
Ducati has unveiled the new Panigale V4 SP2, further raising the performance of the Panigale V4. The 2022 version has taken the most significant evolutionary step since its inception, improved in every aspect, including aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics.
The Panigale V4 SP2 combines all the improvements made by Ducati engineers on the 2022 Panigale V4 to create the most high-performing Panigale ever. The SP2 has an even more powerful braking system, lightweight carbon rims, final drive and dry clutch inherited from the WorldSBK bikes, racing footpegs and a series of carbon components.
The bike is also delivered with a kit for track use, which includes billet aluminium caps for the removal of rear-view mirrors, kit for removing the license plate holder and open carbon clutch cover.
The bike also comes in ‘Winter Test’ livery, in which the matt black of the fairings is combined with the matt carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasting with the bright red accents and exposed brushed aluminium tank. The wings with double profile design are embellished with the Italian flag which also appears on the official Panigale V4 R SBK. The lower part of the fairing is distinguished by the presence of the Ducati Corse logo in the area of the new hot air extractors and by a red detail bearing the name of the bike, also present on the black saddle in double material. The SP2 is also numbered on the steering head, making each model unique.
The heart of the Panigale V4 SP2 is the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale. For 2022, the engine has increased power and improved throttle response, delivering 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm, with a power increase of 1.5 hp over the Panigale V4 2021, which rises to 2.5 hp beyond the maximum power peak at 14,500 rpm.
The suspension system features an electronically controlled 125 mm travel Öhlins NPX25/30 pressurized fork at the front. The rear uses the Öhlins TTX36 shock absorber. Each SP2 gets an electronic steering damper, also by Öhlins.
The new Panigale V4 SP2 is available in single-seater configuration in ‘Winter Test’ livery from March.