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Af­ter months of spec­u­la­tion Du­cati’s fi­nally re­leased more de­tails about its much an­tic­i­pated V4 pow­er­house. The new en­gine, which is closely de­rived from the brand’s blis­ter­ingly fast Mo­toGP Des­mod­esici of­fer­ing, will sport a slightly larger ca­pac­ity than its coun­ter­part at 1,103cc, though a higher revving R ver­sion with less than 1,000cc will also be pro­duced for ho­molo­ga­tion racing pur­poses.

Power is claimed to be in ex­cess of 207bhp at 13,000rpm, while torque fig­ures are sug­gested to see a mon­strous 120Nm from as low as 8,750rpm. The 90º V4, which is the first ever pro­duc­tion four-cylin­der en­gine to be re­leased by Du­cati, will be mounted to the Panigale V4 with its front cylin­ders banked 42º back from hor­i­zon­tal to per­mit op­ti­mumweight dis­tri­bu­tion, the util­i­sa­tion of the largest pos­si­ble ra­di­a­tor, and so that the swingarm pivot point can be brought as far for­ward as pos­si­ble; al­low­ing a shorter over­all wheel­base.

An 81mm bore mim­ics the GP mo­tor, as do its near iden­ti­cal valves, oval throt­tle bod­ies and in­take ducts. Like­wise, to re­duce the over­all gy­ro­scopic ef­fect and en­sure a smoother power de­liv­ery, the crankshaft is of a counter ro­tat­ing type with its crankpins set at 70º. The mo­tor’s twin-pulse fir­ing se­quence has been ap­plied to op­ti­mise trac­tion out of corners (Big Bang style) and of­fer more man­age­able drive­abil­ity. Nat­u­rally, the mo­tor fea­tures Du­cati’s iconic and proven Des­mod­romic valve train sys­tem, which per­mits the en­gine to rev higher. An­other first for Du­cati is the com­pany’s use of vari­able height air in­take horns, which ad­just ac­cord­ing to revs in or­der to max­imise en­gine per­for­mance through­out the Stradale’s rev range.

Fol­low­ing its un­veil­ing at the San Marino Mo­toGP, Du­cati CEO Clau­dio Domeni­cali was keen to high­light the syn­er­gies be­tween the new mo­tor and the Grand Prix en­gine that in­flu­enced its de­sign and build: “It is with undi­luted pride that we un­veil this tech­no­log­i­cal gem. It rep­re­sents the start of a new chap­ter for our com­pany, un­der­lin­ing our vi­tal­ity and an un­shake­able com­mit­ment to in­vest­ment in new prod­ucts.

“This en­gine also high­lights the close col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Du­cati Corse and the fac­tory bike de­vel­op­ment team, prov­ing just how in­stru­men­tal racing can be in de­vel­op­ing the tech­nol­ogy that is later ap­plied on pro­duc­tion bikes. On Novem­ber 5 at 21.00 CET at the Du­cati World Pre­miere 2018, we’ll be show­cas­ing the new Panigale V4, an all-new mo­tor­cy­cle pow­ered by this ex­tra­or­di­nary en­gine.”

For us, and those of you Du­catisti out there, that’s a date that can’t come soon enough, as we ex­pect noth­ing but ut­ter bril­liance from this mile­stone mo­tor and the brand’s new Panigale that’s set to shut­tle it around. We’ll be back with more info as soon as we have it.

Bravo, Du­cati.

Not just a pretty face, this V4 is likely to prove a nightmare for its ri­vals.

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