2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R sets new benchmark for performance

Ducati is upping the level of desire and performance with the launch of its track-focused 2023 Panigale V4 R. Offering the most sophisticated and refined version of its flagship model ever, it’s expected to be priced at $70,200 ride away in Australia.

Due to arrive in May, it’s the closest you’ll get to riding a WSBK World Superbike weapon on the road, and features carbon wings and a MotoGP-inspired livery, which integrates the white plates with the number “1”.

For the first time, the bike will be produced in a numbered series with the progressive number and model name shown on the billet aluminium steering. At the heart of the Panigale V4 R is a new 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R.

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It’s an engine capable of reaching a maximum engine speed of 16,500rpm in sixth gear and delivering 162kW of power. That’s slightly reduced performance compared to the previous version due to the exhaust system complying with strict Euro-5 homologation.

The full potential of this engine, however, is expressed on the track by fitting the racing exhaust, which allows it to reach 176kW, which is more than the predecessor. It even uses special oil developed by Shell, in collaboration with Ducati Corse. The new performance oil guarantees a 10% reduction in mechanical friction and leads to an increase in maximum power of a further 3.5 hp, which rises to +4.5 hp at the limiter.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R

A new dry clutch derived from WSBK also features, along with new power modes. There are four engine strategies, including Full, High, Medium and Low, with the first and last completely new. The other two have been revised.

New dashboard graphics, which offer revised functions, are also offered. To improve stability, precision and directionality in braking and corner entry phases, the Panigale V4 R also adopts engine brake control EVO 2.

This electronic engine brake management system features a different gear-by-gear calibration on each of the three selectable levels. Truly track focused, the Ducati also sports a quick shift, which improves the fluidity of shifting at every stage..

In addition to these changes, there is also an update of the cooling fan control, now able to offer better management of operating temperatures while also reducing the accumulation of heat which typically occurs at the conclusion of track sessions.

To improve rider feeling when opening and managing the throttle, a new throttle control that is 50 per cent more compact, as well as being virtually free of initial idle travel, has been adopted.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4R
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R

Finally, as on racing bikes, there is a pit limiter to limit the speed at the exit and entry of the pitlane. The V4 R also continues with the layout based on the “Front Frame” and single-sided aluminium swingarm found on other Panigale models.

Importantly, it’s possible to adjust the height of the rear swingarm pivot in four positions in 2mm steps. To increase nimbleness, rider feeling and grip, the chassis of the Panigale V4 R also follows the evolutionary direction traced by the Panigale V4/V4 S in 2022.

On the Panigale V4 R, the aerodynamic package has also been revised, with new two-element wings. A Pit Stop accessory package offers tyre warmers and garage stands to enable maximum practicality for track sessions.

Those wishing to use slick or rain tyres can choose the DTC EVO 3 software, which introduces specific calibrations of electronic controls. To further enhance the Panigale V4 R it is also possible to adopt one or more carbon fibre components for the bodywork.

These include rear mudguards, the swingarm, sprocket and crankcase, and ducts for the cooling of the front brakes. For further information, please contact your local Ducati dealer.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4R
2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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