Ducati, an Italian motorcycle manufacturer, has unveiled the 2024 iteration of the Panigale V2 and the Multistrada V2 S for the international market. The update includes new paint schemes, called Thrilling Black and Street Grey, both of which are offered alongside the traditional Ducati Red colour. A successor to the Ducati Panigale 959, the Panigale V2 is the flagship litre-class superbike from Bologna. It is a more usable and more affordable version of the Panigale V4. In terms of changes, the 2024 Panigale V2 bike gets all-black bodywork and wheels. Furthermore, red inserts can be seen adorning the wheel rims, while the front fairing gets the inscription of 'Panigale' in red and the V2 moniker in black.
As for the Multistrada V2 S bike, the Italian brand is offering this bike with red wheels and red stickers on the side of the fairing. The bike is a replacement for the outgoing Multistrada 950. Apart from these changes, both bikes remain more or less the same in terms of powertrain, hardware, and design.
2024 Ducati Panigale V2: Design, Engine & Hardware
Design-wise, the Panigale V2 is heavily influenced by its bigger brother, the Panigale V4. Its full LED headlamps with large air-intakes, double-layer fairing, step-up seat, single-sided aluminium swingarm, and single-side exhaust tailpipe are all similar to those of the V4.
The Panigale V2 is Ducati’s first BS6-compliant motorcycle in India. The 2024 Superbike is powered by a V-twin engine – a 955cc Superquadro unit, which develops 153bhp of maximum power at 10,750 rpm and 104Nm of peak torque at 9,000rpm, i.e. an increase of 5bhp and 2Nm over its predecessor. The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox, and a bi-directional quick shifter is standard. The suspension setup of the Panigale V2 comprises fully adjustable 43mm Showa USD forks at the front and a fully-adjustable Sachs mono-shock at the rear. The braking duties of the bike are taken care of by twin discs at the front and a single rotor at the rear.
Besides, the Panigale V2 features Ducati’s sophisticated electronics package, including a 6-axis IMU. The bike has 3 riding modes – Race, Sport and Street – along with cornering ABS, anti-wheelie, and traction control. Other bits include a new 4.3-inch TFT colour display, which is again similar to that of the Panigale V4.
2024 Ducati Multistrada V2 S: Design, Engine & Hardware
A successor to the Multistrada 950, the Multistrada V2 S is powered by a 937cc Testastretta 11° engine, with 111bhp and 98Nm. The twin-cylinder unit features new connecting rods, and the drive is sent via a new eight-disc hydraulic clutch and an updated 6-speed gearbox. In terms of suspension, the bike uses 48mm KYB upside-down forks at the front, which are remotely adjustable for compression and damping. The rear end features a mono-shock, which again gets remote adjustability for both compression and damping. On offer is also Ducati’s semi-active Skyhook suspension setup, which can adapt to changing road conditions. Since it’s an adventure motorcycle, there is 170mm of travel for both wheels.
For better ergonomics and enhanced riding comfort, the overall height of the bike stands at 830mm, making it accessible to short riders as well. Plus, a new set of foot pegs borrowed from the Multistrada V4 provides a more comfortable riding posture for tall riders. Ducati’s electronics suite remains central to the riding experience, as there are 8 levels of traction control and 3 levels of ABS control. There are four riding modes as well – Sport, Touring, Urban, and Enduro.
2024 Ducati Panigale V2, Multistrada V2 S: India Launch Soon?
If we go by some industry reports, the 2024 Ducati Panigale V2 and the Multistrada V2 S will make their market entry in India in the coming months. With the updates, these bikes may command a slight premium over their predecessors.