The most powerful and prestigious motorcycle made by Ducati outside of the Superleggera made entirely of carbon fibre has just been released in India for Rs 69.9 lakh ex-showroom. The 1103cc engine from the Panigale V4 “regular” Panigale is replaced by a smaller 998cc V4 engine for the 2023 Panigale V4 R. Due to its sub-1,000cc engine size, the bike can meet WSBK requirements.
powered by a 998cc, 218 horsepower V4 engine
All five units that have arrived in India have been sold.
Since 2019, the V4R has not been offered in India, and this is also the first time we have acquired the motorcycle in Euro 5/BS6 configuration. ‘Gun drilled’ titanium connecting rods and pistons are among the elements added to the engine for 2023 that were created for Ducati’s racing teams.\
This crazy motor, known as the Desmosedici Stradale R, can now scream all the way up to 16,500 rpm in the sixth gear and 16,000 rpm in the other five. For a motorbike that is road-legal and emissions-compliant, that is an incredibly high number. Ducati claims to have the highest peak output of any superbike on the market, 218 horsepower at 15,500 revolutions per minute.
However, that number rises to 237hp, which is 3hp higher than the previous V4R, if you add the titanium, full-system Akrapovi exhaust (which will cost approximately as much as some of Ducati’s more cheap motorcycles). However, there’s still more! The lower frictional losses increase the total power output to a startling 240.5hp if you additionally use a specially formulated engine oil from Shell.
The V4R’s chassis is comparable to the most recent Panigale V4’s aluminium front frame, but it now includes manually adjustable Ohlins suspension with NPX25/30 front and TTX36 rear shocks. A similar improvement that was made to the V4 and V4 S for 2023 has given the front end 5mm more travel than it had previously. Additionally, four places in 2mm increments of adjustment can be made to the swingarm pivot point.
Although the bodywork is recognisable, the wings in this application are made of carbon fibre. In order to comply with World Superbike regulations, Ducati updated the design of the air extractors in the lower portions of the fairing. The bike now has a large number “1” on the face and side to draw attention to Ducati’s dominance in the MotoGP and World Superbike categories last year, a pattern that has continued thus far in 2023.
The Desmosedici Stradale R engine’s Power Modes have been tweaked for the V4R, and the traction control system has also been improved. A new Track Evo display has also been added to the TFT dashboard. Now, each gear has a specific engine map to attempt and make the power as usable as feasible.
The Panigale V4 R is a CBU from Italy, which is reflected in its price of Rs 69.9 lakh, in contrast to every other Ducati available for purchase in India, which is imported from Thailand. Five units have reportedly arrived in India and have all since been sold, according to the business.