‘We started with the GP engine’
Q How important is the new Panigale V4 to Ducati?
A We ran a V4 engine in our Desmosedici RR, but that was a special edition (and the Gold Wing-style Apollo, which never made it into production – Ed), but this our first full production V4, so it’s very important. Q Did you want to produce a V4 with the soul of a V-twin?
A We’ve kept the same firing order as the Motogp engine, which fires like a V-twin, so it has a similar behaviour and sound. I’m sure that when customers ride the Panigale V4 they will find a real Ducati with a character similar to the twin. With your eyes closed you can say this is a Ducati.
Q What new technology are you the most proud of? A We have the counter-rotating crank from Motogp, but we also have the new dashboard and interface for the electronic suspension on the S model, which is more intuitive. Pirelli developed a completely new Diablo Super Corsa SP. The rear is a new compound 200/60 x 17 and there’s a new front profile, so the performance is very high, almost like race tyres. We also have a new-design Brembo caliper, which is 70g lighter than the M50, but keeps the same performance.
‘The new Pirelli tyre performance is just a tenth off race tyres’