Ducati makes some extremely exotic motorcycles around the world. Last year, Ducati revealed the Panigale V4 at the EICMA and announced that only 1,500 units of the motorcycle will be ever made. Ducati started taking bookings for the special edition bike in April 2018 and recently delivered India’s first Panigale V4 Speciale to Kartikeya Uniyal.
The bike costs Rs. 51 lakhs, ex-showroom in India, which comes to around Rs. 55 lakhs on-road! Considering the limited production, it is quite possible that this is the only bike in the allocated to the Indian market.
Sergi Canovas, Managing Director of Ducati India said,
The new Panigale V4 is the essence of sport motorcycling in its most exhilarating and pure form. Just like its name, the Panigale V4 Speciale is a very special production in the Ducati story, a new symphony of Italian performance and emotion
The new Panigale V4 Speciale looks exclusive with the all-new specially made livery on it. Because of its limited production, all the units get a unique numberplate that identifies the number of units produced by the Italian manufacturer. Ducati used the 1,103cc L-Twin engine derived from the MotoGP bike of the manufacturer. It gets the same bore but a longer stroke, which increases the engine capacity.
The bike comes fitted with Akrapovic performance exhaust system. The full exhaust system increases the power by 12 Bhp and a torque by 6.99 Nm. The engine produces a maximum of 226 Bhp at 13,750 Nm and a peak torque of 133.6 Nm at 11,000 rpm.
The lightweight exhaust system also decreases the weight by another 6kg, making the Ducati Panigale V4 a special bike. The exhaust system is made up of titanium, which is why it increases the price of the bike by a great deal. The whole set-up only weighs 174 kg, which ensures a crazy power-to-weight ratio. Ducati has taken extensive steps like using a lightweight lithium0ion battery and cast magnesium subframe in the bike to keep the weight in check.
The bike gets Alcantara seat in Ultrasuede and carbon fibre heel guards, which add a premium feel to the bike. The Ohlins suspension system is fully adjustable at the front and the rear. Customers can also choose forged magnesium racing wheels as an option but they increase the cost even more. The Panigale V4 Speciale is one of the most expensive bikes in India.