Ducati finally brings the baby Panigale in India! The Panigale V2 is the first BS6-compliant motorcycle from the Italian bike maker, and will be brought into the country as a direct import.
Say hello to the brand-new Ducati Panigale V2. Successor to the Panigale 959, the Panigale V2 is the younger brother of the Panigale V4 – which is the flagship litre-class superbike from Bologna. The Panigale V2 is priced at Rs 16.99 lakh (ex-showroom) and it will be sold in the country as a direct CBU. Not to mention, it’s Ducati’s first BS6-compliant motorcycle in India.
First unveiled at the 2019 Ducati World Premiere in October, the Panigale V2 is essentially a more affordable and more usable version of the fire-breathing Panigale V4. In terms of design, it’s heavily influenced from its bigger brother – the front fairing, full LED headlamps with large air-intakes, a single-sided aluminium swingarm along with a single-side exhaust tail-pipe are all very similar to the V4. The side-fairing also reminds you of the original Panigale V4 before the updated version was launched last year, featuring air-winglets and updated shark air-vents.
As its name suggests, the V2 is powered by a V-twin engine. The motor on duty here is a 955cc Superquadro unit that develops 153bhp at 10,750 rpm & 104Nm of torque at 9,000rpm – this marks 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.
Suspension setup of the Panigale V2 comprises fully adjustable 43mm Showa BPF at the front, and a fully-adjustable Sachs mono-shock at the rear. It also comes with a Sachs steering damper. The Panigale V2 features Ducati’s sophisticated electronics package, which includes a 6-axis IMU. The bike has three riding modes – Race, Sport and Street – along with cornering ABS, anti-wheelie, and traction control. The Panigale V2 also gets a new 4.3-inch TFT colour display, which is again similar to the one seen on the Panigale V4.
The Ducati Panigale V2 doesn't have a direct competition in the Indian market as of now, since there isn't any middle-weight sports bike on the market here right now.