This is the all-new Ducati Panigale V4 SP, a two-wheeled monster that managed to blend some of the best features and traits from the Panigale S, or an R, or a Superleggera – does that sound cool?
Before the “R” homologation, Ducati had the SP (Sport Production) iteration, and then the SPS letters teased bike riders everywhere.
But today, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer has decided to revive its “SP” moniker with the 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP, a bike that’s equally cool, but it’s $3,000 less expensive than the V4 R, which is set to cost $37,000.
For that kind of money, you get a Panigale S – same engine, same chassis, and some Panigale V4 R touches with a mix of Superleggera.
Each SP bike is individually numbered, but there is no talk about a limited-edition series.
In terms of power, a 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine (Euro 5) promises 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 91.5 pound-feet of torque at 9,500 rpm, while an STM EVO-SBK dry clutch handles the delivery. The soundtrack is probably awesome.
What about the looks? Well, this special Sport Production bike comes with an open carbon fiber clutch cover, mirror deletes, and various other goodies such as carbon fiber rims, carbon fiber winglets, and front mudguard are standard.
The styling is finished off by a brushed aluminum tank and a murdered-out look. Deadly, we know!
Maneuverability? Yes, they thought about that, too. The SP packs the V4 S’s Öhlins NIX 30 fork, TTX 36 rear shock, Brembo 330mm discs, Brembo Stylema R calipers, and remote adjusting device, as well as an electronic steering damper – semi-active suspension hints, might get pro-level riders feeling disappointed.
The bike also includes Rizoma billet footpegs with carbon fiber heel guards, and adjustable rear brake and gearshift levers, and various electronic upgrades.
Looking absolutely incredible, the Panigale V4 SP will arrive at your local Ducati dealer by March 2021. Since each unit is individually numbered, this bike could be a great addition to your Christmas list.