Ducati’s new V4-engined superbike has once again been spotted testing in Europe. Pegged as a replacement for the 1299 Panigale, this new flagship will be unveiled later this year at the 2017 EICMA Show in Milan, Italy.
Unlike the company’s previous V4 superbike, this superbike will be a regular production model. The design is more of an evolution of the 1299 Panigale, with the sharp headlamp setup, fairing and the single-sided swingarm giving it a familiar look. The alloy wheel design is new and the air ducts have been repositioned to improve ventilation. A closer look at the engine reveals that the rear bank of cylinders is inclined rearwards, a step taken to aid weight distribution. The superbike will skip the Panigale’s monocoque chassis design in favour of a perimeter frame.
The Panigale meanwhile, is on its last legs. As a last hurrah, Ducati will launch a Final Edition model. This 209 horsepower superbike will feature a unique livery and a titanium exhaust system. It will be unveiled on 7 July at the Laguna Seca round of the World Superbike Championship.