Death of the V-twin?
It’s unclear how the new V4 era will impact the future of V-twins in Ducati’s affections. While there’s no chance of them ditching the configuration, the V4 does alter the dynamic.
Could this also mean the development of a V4 959 Panigale model? Maybe, but keeping it as a V-twin elevates it within the range, and gives Ducatisti the pure heritage engine many will still crave.
What is certain is that Ducati will sell a lot of 1299 Panigales over the next two years as fans rush to secure the last pinnacle of V-twin superbike brilliance.
Ducati could also engineer a 600cc parallel-twin from their new V4 at a fraction of the cost, resulting in a superb new middleweight engine that could change the look, feel, price and packaging of their middleweight range. So far from just being a new model, the V4 could herald a whole new chapter in Ducati’s history.
‘Ducati could engineer a 600cc parallel-twin from their V4’