Du­cati Pani­gale V4 pips field to motorcycle of year crown


Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - De­nis Droppa

The Du­cati Pani­gale V4 has been voted SA’s motorcycle of the year by a panel of bik­ing jour­nal­ists.

The Ital­ian ma­chine beat 11 other fi­nal­ists to scoop the prize in the Pirelli-spon­sored com­pe­ti­tion, which is in its sixth year. In an awards cer­e­mony held in Jo­han­nes­burg on Oc­to­ber 25, the Pirelli float­ing tro­phy was handed to Du­cati SA’s GM, Johnny Araujo.

The other fi­nal­ists were, in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der, the BMW G310GS, BMW K1600 Bag­ger, Du­cati Mul­tistrada 1260, Honda Gold­wing, Husq­varna Vit­pilen 701, Kawasaki Ninja 400, Kawasaki H2 SX, Kawasaki Z900RS, KTM 790 Duke, Tri­umph 765 Street Triple, and Tri­umph Tiger 1200.

The new Pani­gale V4 was praised by judges for rais­ing the bar in the su­per­bike cat­e­gory.

Priced at R288,900, the bike was in­tro­duced as the suc­ces­sor to Du­cati’s flag­ship, the V-twin 1299. The V4 is pow­ered by an 1,103cc en­gine that de­vi­ates from Du­cati tra­di­tion by hav­ing four cylin­ders rather than two, al­though th­ese are still ar­ranged in a V for­ma­tion to pro­vide an emo­tive roar.

De­rived from Du­cati’s Mo­toGP rac­ing bike, the V4 has out­puts of 157.5kW power and 124Nm of torque, giv­ing the light­weight 175kg ma­chine out­ra­geously fast per­for­mance and nim­ble han­dling. The beast is kept in check with a suite of elec­tron­ics in­clud­ing trac­tion con­trol, wheelie con­trol, slide con­trol and cor­ner­ing ABS.

Other elec­trick­ery in­cludes an up/down quick­shifter, and ad­justable en­gine-brak­ing.

The bike is also sold as the more per­for­mance-ori­ented Pani­gale V4S (R359,900), the V4S Spe­ciale with race kit (R669,900) and the V4S Spe­ciale with race kit and light­weight mag­ne­sium wheels (R731,900).

The Pani­gale V4 su­per­bike beat 11 fi­nal­ists to scoop the cov­eted Pirellispon­sored ti­tle.

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