DU­CATI’S BOSS EX­PLAINS THEIR MOVE TO V4

BIKE (UK) - - DUCATI PANIGALE V4 -

Clau­dio Domeni­cali, CEO Du­cati I col­lared the Du­cati boss and asked him how scary mov­ing away from twins re­ally was: ‘We were def­i­nitely wor­ried how the change to the V4 en­gine would be taken by our cus­tomers. It’s a big move for Du­cati be­cause we’ve built our brand around a very spe­cial type of en­gine, and we thought a lot about it. But you have to con­sider the past, the present and the fu­ture. And this is a good move into the fu­ture for us. ‘It’s a non-typ­i­cal V4. The way the crank­shaft is set up (it counter ro­tates to re­duce the gy­ro­scopic forces re­sist­ing cor­ner turn-in)and the way it de­liv­ers that torque se­quence (two big bangs, a bit like a twin) to the rear wheel makes the bike very like a twin cylin­der, so it’s like hav­ing a twin that revs to 15,000rpm. We would never have been able to reach this re­sult with­out our Mo­togp pro­ject. We’ve got 15 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in get­ting the driv­abil­ity of the en­gine as well as the top-end per­for­mance.’

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