Du­cati boss re­veals plans for a V4 fam­ily but no elec­tric bikes

Du­cati boss re­veals del­uge of new bikes won’t in­clude elec­tric

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Du­cati boss Clau­dio Domeni­cali has re­vealed the firm are plan­ning a tide of new mod­els buoyed by the suc­cess of their new Pani­gale V4.

“We will re­lease 29 new bikes over the next five years,” Domeni­cali told MCN. “We will con­tinue to de­velop new ver­sions of ex­ist­ing prod­ucts but will also be en­ter­ing seg­ments that we are not cur­rently in. As part of that, we will ex­ploit the V4 en­gine in dif­fer­ent plat­forms.” While Domeni­cali wouldn’t re­veal the next home for their com­pact 1103cc V4 Stradale en­gine, which de­vel­ops 211bhp in Pani­gale tune, in­sid­ers sug­gest the firm are look­ing at naked, tour­ing and ad­ven­ture roles. Domeni­cali also ad­mit­ted the V4 en­gine’s 998cc ho­molo­ga­tion cousin, which de­buts in the 2019 Pani­gale V4 R, caused a few sur­prises; de­spite be­ing de­vel­oped along­side the more road-fo­cused ver­sion.

“We were pos­i­tively sur­prised with the V4 R,” he said. “It was a dif­fi­cult ex­er­cise al­ready with the re­duced ca­pac­ity to keep the same horse­power but the en­gine then re­sponded quite strongly to the im­prove­ments that we made, so that by the end we found a bit more (power) than we ex­pected. In many ways it is the most ad­vanced bike we have ever de­vel­oped. “When you take a V4 R and put it in race trim, you have bet­ter wings, some bet­ter elec­tron­ics and bet­ter sus­pen­sion than a Mo­toGP bike. You have cor­ner­ing ABS, which is not al­lowed on a Mo­toGP bike. A lot of riders lose the front in Mo­toGP but with our cor­ner­ing ABS there would not be a sin­gle crash. Not one.” But while elec­tron­ics are at the core of Du­cati’s of­fer­ings, elec­tric tech­nol­ogy is not a pri­or­ity, de­spite a push to­wards low and zero-emis­sion ve­hi­cles from par­ent com­pany, the Volk­swa­gen Audi Group. “Elec­tric bikes are fas­ci­nat­ing but the tech­nol­ogy is what it is; you can­not cheat chem­i­cals. Right now, you re­move 15kg of petrol but re­place it with 150kg of bat­tery. If there is a reg­u­la­tion to make elec­tric bikes in five years, we will make it, but it will be a worse bike than we can make now.”

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