When launched, the Ducati Panigale V2 will replace the ageing 959 Panigale. The new offering also makes more power and torque than before and flaunts better equipment too
Ducati first took the wraps off the Panigale V2 last year, and now the company is all set to bring it to India. The Italian bikemaker's Indian arm recently shared an image of the bike accompanied by a hashtag ‘coming soon’ on their official Twitter account. Although the V2 replaces the ageing 959 Panigale, underneath the fairing is the same 955cc V-twin heart. That being said, at 150.7bhp and 104Nm it makes 5bhp and 2Nm more than before. In line with the upcoming European emission norms, the Panigale V2 is also Euro 5 compliant. The engine comes paired with a 6-speed transmission that is assisted by a bi-directional quick shifter.
Other changes to the Panigale V2 include a revised chassis and a new single-sided swing arm (the 959 had the conventional double-sided swing arm). The V2 also comes with a cornering ABS, traction control, engine brake control and wheelie control. The litre-class offering gets three-rider modes – race, sport and street which can be seen and adjusted on the 4.3-inch TFT screen. In terms of ergonomics, the riding position has changed marginally thanks to a 5mm increase in seat height – the position of the footpegs remains unchanged. Suspension duties are performed by 43 mm Showa BPF fork at the front and a Sachs monoshock at the rear.
Like a lot of new models, the Ducati Panigale V2 will also be launched in the Indian market after the ongoing coronavirus lockdown lifts. The 959 Panigale was priced starting Rs 15.30 lakh, expect the V2 to carry a heavier sticker price.