The fu­ture of Du­cati is the V4 Stradale

Pani­gales will soon have a 210+ bhp mo­tor that traces its lin­eage to Du­cati’s Mo­toGP bike

Evo India - - NEW METAL - By ANINDA SAR­DAR

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NNOVEMBER 5, DU­CATI will un­veil the first ever Pani­gale V4. For the planet’s Du­catisti, this date can’t come soon enough for it will mark a par­a­digm shift in the way the Ital­ian icon makes its leg­endary su­per­bikes. For the first time ever, Pani­gales will be pow­ered by a four-cylin­der en­gine in­stead of the now trade­mark L-twin.

The Des­mosedici Stradale, which is what the com­pany is call­ing the new unit, is Du­cati’s out-of-the­crate new liq­uid-cooled 1103cc 90-de­gree V4 de­rived straight from the com­pany’s bril­liant Des­mosedici Mo­toGP mo­tor that de­mol­ishes com­pe­ti­tion on straights. The new V4 Stradale is ru­moured to put out more than 210bhp at 13,000rpm and 120Nm of max torque at 8750rpm. Not only does the V4 use the same 81mm bore as the Mo­toGP en­gine, it also uses near iden­ti­cal valves, throt­tle bod­ies and in­take ducts. The crank­shaft is of a counter ro­tat­ing type to off­set the gy­ro­scopic ef­fects of its ro­ta­tion, with the crankpins set at a 70 de­grees. The en­gine’s ‘big bang’ fir­ing or­der – a twin pulse se­quence – has been specif­i­cally cre­ated to op­ti­mise drive out of cor­ners. Who else but Du­cati would have paid at­ten­tion to such lit­tle de­tails?

Weigh­ing in at 64.9kg, the V4 Stradale is just 2.2kg heav­ier than the 1285cc Su­perquadro and is one of the light­est race de­rived en­gines around. The sec­ond ever Du­cati pro­duc­tion four-cylin­der mo­tor, it will be mounted such that the front cylin­ders are banked 42 de­grees back­wards from horiz­tonal.

This will not only op­ti­mise weight dis­tri­bu­tion but will also al­low the use of the largest pos­si­ble ra­di­a­tor and as well as move the swingarm pivot point for­ward. The lat­ter will al­low the use of a longer swingarm without in­creas­ing the mo­tor­cy­cle’s wheel­base.

Ru­mour has it that there will be a higher revving R ver­sion with a less than 1000cc mo­tor as well for mo­tor­sport ho­molo­ga­tion pur­poses. Bravo Du­cati!

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