The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4s come with a host of changes to the core of the motorcycles.
Ducati has launched the 2022 Panigale V4 range in India with prices starting at Rs 26.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The company has launched three variants of the motorcycles with prices going up to Rs 40.99 lakh (ex-showroom) for the SP2 version.
If the outgoing version of the Panigale V4 wasn't enough of a manic machine, 2022 comes up with updated aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics as well. That being said, the overall design of the motorcycle is retained. This means there is the same twin-pod headlight assembly along with a muscular fuel tank, underbelly exhaust, and a single-sided swingarm. However, the winglets on the side of the fairing have become more compact and thinner than before. The company claims that it provides up to 37kg of downforce at 300kmph.
Buyers opting for the SP2 variant can also choose the Winter Test Livery that comes with a matte carbon finish with bright red accents, a billet aluminium steering system with the bike’s name and number, a rider seat with dedicated material and a V4 SP2 logo, and exposed brushed aluminium tank. It also comes with several weight-saving elements including Marchesini forged aluminium wheels, carbon fibre wings, carbon fibre heel guards, carbon fibre front fenders, and STM-EVO SBK nine-disc dry clutch.
At its heart, the motorcycles are powered by a 1,103cc V4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that puts out 212.5bhp at 13,000rpm and 123.6Nm of peak torque at 9,500rpm through a six-speed transmission. Electronic rider aids in the motorcycle come in the form of four power modes - Full, High, Medium and Low. Also included are Bosch cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine brake control, power launch, bi-directional quick shifter, and auto tyre calibration.
Suspension duties on the motorcycle are managed by 43mm fully-adjustable Showa BPF front forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs mono-shock at the back. The higher S and SP2 variants, meanwhile, get Ohlins-sourced front forks and rear mono-shock – both fully and electronically adjustable. Braking apparatus on the new versions include a twin 330mm front and a single 245mm rotor with a two-piston calliper at the back.
In the Indian market, the motorcycle goes against the top-tier performance offerings including the Kawasaki ZX-10R and the BMW S1000RR.