- Ducati Superleggera V4 production begins in Italy
- Is limited to 500 units
- Could be launched in India in limited numbers
Ducati has commenced production of the Superleggera V4 at its Borgo Panigale plant in Italy.
The Superleggera V4 is an exclusive motorcycle limited to just 500 units worldwide. While the motorcycle is based on the Panigale V4R, the Superleggera V4’s specs would make the former seem as tame as a cat on a houseboat.
To begin with, the Ducati Superleggera V4 sports additional winglets apart from the bi-plane wings that have been derived from Ducati’s MotoGP machine. This setup provides 50kg downforce at 270kmph! Ducati has also fitted the motorcycle with extensive carbon fiber on the frame, sub-frame, fairing, swingarm, and wheels which has resulted in a dry weight of around 152kg; making it 40kg lighter than the Panigale V4R.
Getting to the heart of the matter, the Superleggera V4 uses the Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine which is tuned to produce 224bhp and 115Nm. However, the addition of the Akrapovic full-system exhaust bumps the power up to a staggering 234bhp; around 20bhp over the V4 R. Apart from the exhaust, the Superleggera’s racing kit also includes a carbon fiber open clutch cover and swingarm cover, headlamp replacement kit, tail tidy kit; side stand removal kit; billet aluminum mirror replacement caps, racing fuel cap, brake lever protectors, motorcycle cover as well as front and rear stand and a battery charger.
And to make the ownership experience even more exclusive, Ducati is offering each Superleggera V4 customer a chance to ride the WSBK-spec Panigale V4R at Mugello. Furthermore, the first 30 owners will get a chance to also ride Ducati’s MotoGP machine at the circuit. Ducati hasn’t announced the pricing yet, although a leaked document revealed that the Superleggera would cost USD 1,00,000 (approx. Rs 76 lakh). While the motorcycle would reach international markets soon, we can expect Ducati to introduce the exclusive Superleggera V4 in limited numbers in India.