Ducati's New 226 HP V4 Panigale


No one ever accused Ducati of being shy! And if you don't want attention buy something, well, less Italian. The new Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale is not for introverts or faint of heart. And it's the first mass-produced Ducati to be powered by a 4-cylinder engine.

The new Panigale V4 replaces the 1299. Its standard equipment includes: Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO, full-LED headlight with Daytime Running Light (DRL), Sachs steering damper, quick control selection, and self-canceling turn signals.

And that claimed 226 hp? Well, it comes from a Ducati Performance titanium racing exhaust designed by Akrapovic.

Ducati is being relatively stingy about releasing too many other specs, including price. But expect a mid-to high five figure number since only 1,500 will be produced for 2018.