At 196.5kg, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP might be the meanest streetfighter out there!
Ducati has launched the new Streetfighter V4 SP in India at Rs 34.99 lakh (ex-showroom). SP aka Sports Production in Ducati lingo means a production motorcycle with specific technical equipment that is aimed at making it faster on the racetrack.
The V4 SP comes as the lighter version of the Streetfighter V4 S, tipping the scales at 196.5kg (kerb), which is less by 2.5kg. Ducati achieved this by using lighter components. However, interestingly, the motorcycle does not get carbon rims as we saw on the models abroad. Instead, the Streetfighter V4 SP for India comes with Marchesini forged magnesium wheels. This pair is 0.9kg lighter than the forged aluminium wheels on the Streetfighter V4 SP.
Ducati has claimed that the use of lighter wheels has helped reduce inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, thereby making the motorcycle easy to manoeuvre. Apart from that, the company has also made use of a lithium-ion battery, carbon-fibre heel guard and anodised aluminium footpegs to reduce the weight further.
In terms of design, the motorcycle is largely similar to the standard Streetfighter V4, except for a carbon-fibre mudguard. The new V4 SP is painted in the special Ducati Corse Winter test colours. The motorcycle also gets matt carbon bi-plane wings that are painted in Italian tricolour. Each Streetfighter V4 SP will be progressively numbered, adding to the specialness of the bike.
The V4 SP is built on the same chassis as the V4 S. It gets the same Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension. The only difference comes in the SP’s springs which are the Panigale V4’s unit with the fork spring preload down from 11mm to 6mm. The SP also gets new Brembo Stylema R monobloc brake callipers.
In terms of powertrain, the motorcycle gets the same 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine as in the V4 S that outputs 208hp at 13,000rpm and 123Nm of torque at 9,500rpm.