The Ducati Superleggera V4 is more than just a motorcycle. It’s an epitome of the Italian bike maker’s engineering and technological prowess. Fastest production Ducati ever, the Superleggera V4 will be limited to just 500 units but that’s not the only thing which makes it exclusive. We tell you all about the motorcycle through this image gallery.
The design of the Superleggera is closely similar to the Panigale V4R, the motorcycle it is based on. However, the former gets a livery inspired by Ducati’s MotoGP bike while the clearly visible carbon-fibre bits speak of its extravagance.
The red and white fairing of the motorcycle is made up of carbon-fibre and so are the MotoGP-derived wings, both of which bestow the Superleggera with incredible aerodynamic efficiency.
Through extensive testing, Ducati has obtained an amazing downforce of 50kg at 270kmph which is 20kg more than that of the Panigale V4 and V4R. Moreover, the employment of wings has also helped in keeping the front wheel grounded and improves braking stability.
Ducati has paid keen attention to keeping the weight of the bike as low as possible. Interestingly, it tips the scales at 159kg (dry) which is thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fibre in making its frame, sub-frame, swingarm and wheels.
At the heart of the Superleggera is a 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R engine which is lighter and more powerful than the 1103cc mill employed in the Panigale V4. While it churns out 224bhp and 115Nm in stock form, the integration of the Akrapovic exhaust increases the power output to 234bhp.
The feather-light carbon-fibre wheels are suspended by 43mm Ohlins NPX25/30 pressurised forks up front and Ohlins TTX36 monoshock at the rear, both being fully-adjustable.
Braking hardware is also top notch comprising of dual 330mm semi-floating discs with Brembo Monobloc Stylema calipers at the front and a 245mm disc with dual piston caliper at the rear. Cornering ABS EVO comes as a standard feature.
The long list of electronic aids consists of riding modes, power modes, traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine brake control, up and down quick shifter and launch control.
The production of the Superleggera V4 has already begun at Ducati’s manufacturing facility in Borgo Panigale. In Europe, it has been priced exorbitantly at Rs £90,000 (approximately Rs 85 lakh).