The new Ducati Panigale V2 is the successor to the Panigale 959 in the middleweight superbike segment. The latest iteration of the middleweight Panigale series, similar to its predecessor, draws styling cues from the flagship Panigale motorcycle. Thus, styling cues on the new Panigale V2 include a twin-pod headlight, full-fairing design, split-style seats and single-sided swingarm. The motorcycle uses a die-cast aluminium monocoque frame that uses the engine as a stressed member.
The feature list on the Ducati Panigale V2 includes LED headlights with LED DRLs at the front, an LED taillight and a Bluetooth-enabled 4.3-inch colour TFT display. The Ducati Multimedia System offers access to incoming calls, select and listen to music or receive text messages.
The new Panigale V2 comes equipped with a Euro5-compliant 955cc, 90-degree, V-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers a healthy 152.8bhp of peak power at 10,750rpm and 104Nm of maximum torque at 9,000rpm. The six-speed gearbox benefits from the Ducati Quick Shift bi-directional quick-shifter system.
The shock absorption tasks are handled by 43 mm Showa Big Piston Fork at the front and a Sachs mono-shock at the rear – both fully adjustable. Stopping power comes from twin, 320mm discs at the front with M4.32 Brembo monobloc callipers and a single 245mm disc at the rear with a single Brembo calliper.
The motorcycle also features a comprehensive electronic package that is based on a six-axis inertial platform. The safety net is provided by cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, engine brake control and three riding modes (Race, Sports and Road).
The new Panigale V2 is expected to be launched in the Rs 15 lakh- 15.5 lakh (ex-showroom) price range.