Think the Panigale V4 and V4 S are spe­cial? The V4 R has so much more

Öh­lins makes way for me­chan­i­cally ad­justable units. Front forks are pres­surised and 600 grams lighter.

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MORE POWER Du­cati have taken its new 1100cc V4 Stradale mo­tor and shrunk it to fit su­per­bike rac­ing rules. Run­ning the same 81mm bore the stroke is short­ened by 5.1mm to 48.4mm bring­ing ca­pac­ity down to 998cc. The red­line is set to 16,000rpm and 16,500rpm in top. It has higher lift cams, ti­ta­nium in­stead of steel con­rods, a lighter crank, vari­able in­take trum­pets and big­ger el­lip­ti­cal throt­tle bod­ies (up from 52mm to 56mm) and a dry clutch. De­spite its raci­ness, the valve clear­ance ser­vice is still ev­ery 15,000-miles. It’s Du­cati’s most pow­er­ful road bike en­gine mak­ing 218bhp, or 231bhp with the race kit ex­haust.

MORE FEEL In a sea of high tech­nol­ogy Du­cati have used a very ba­sic solution to give the ul­tra stiff V4 frame more flex and feel in the cor­ners; they’ve cut dirty great holes in it. There’s also a four-way ad­justable swingarm pivot and the elec­tronic semi-ac­tive sus­pen­sion MORE STA­BIL­ITY For the first time the Du­cati Corse rac­ing depart­ment have had a hand in de­sign­ing a road bike’s body­work and aero­dy­nam­ics. The V4 R’s nose is 15mm wider each side, the screen 34mm taller and each side panel is chunkier by 38mm. Sin­gle blade wings come from the 2016 Mo­toGP Des­mosedici, which Du­cati says is more ef­fec­tive at con­trol­ling high-speed wheel­ies and help­ing brak­ing/turn-in sta­bil­ity than the faired-in, reg­u­la­tion-friendly ver­sions Mo­toGP now use. New fair­ing lou­vres help suck out hot air from the ra­di­a­tor and oil cooler.

MORE SAFETY Elec­tron­ics are taken from the V4, but new ‘pre­dic­tive’ trac­tion and slide con­trol sys­tems are smoother for the track. Dash fea­tures a new lap timer show­ing two splits.

V4 R’s mo­tor is a smaller ver­sion of the 1100 V4 S

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