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Ducati Panigale V4 gets powered up for 2022

DUCATI will bestow further improvements on the Panigale V4 and V4 S in 2022, transferring technology from their MotoGP constructor’s championship winning bike to the production icon.

The 2022 Panigale V4 is its most significant evolution since its birth, with improvements in all areas, including aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis and electronics. The result is an even faster bike, that’s more intuitive and less tiring for a wide range of riders.

Ducati engineers concentrated their hard work on the fairing, which now integrates more compact and thinner double-profile design wings with increased efficiency. This update guarantees the same vertical load too, up to 37kg at 300km/h.

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The lower part of the fairing also features redesigned extraction sockets to improve the cooling system and, as a consequence, the performance of the engine, in particular during racetrack days.

Ergonomics has also been a core focus of in-depth development, with the aim of improving the control of the bike during track sessions, and to allow the rider to get the most out of the Panigale V4’s performance.

The heart of the bike is represented by the MotoGP-derived Desmosedici Stradale engine, which has undergone a series of updates, with the introduction of some dedicated technical elements that allow an increase of power, together with an instant throttle response.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Among the changes are an updated lubrication circuit, coupled to a new oil pump that reduces power absorption. Thanks to these alterations, and new dedicated mapping, the Desmosedici Stradale generates just under 161kW of power.

A detail that says a lot about the evolution of the 2022 engine is the adoption of a new gearbox, that provides for a lengthening of the ratio for first, second and sixth gears. This means it’s now easier to tackle the tightest corners in first gear.

A new Power Modes logic has been implemented too, which provides four engine configurations, Full, High, Medium, and Low. The Full and Low configurations are newly designed, while the High and Medium configurations use a new strategy.

A new ride-by-wire map management system has been developed for the High and Medium power modes as well, providing optimal thrust when opening the throttle. Low focuses on making road riding even more enjoyable, limiting maximum power to 112kW.

This ensures a particularly manageable throttle response. The performance of the Desmosedici Stradale can be further improved thanks to the racing exhaust systems offered in the Ducati Performance catalogue.

The new exhaust is equipped with high silencers alongside the tail and ensures a power increase of 9kW, bringing the maximum power output up to 170kW. Maximum torque is 131Nm, and the bike is now 5kg lighter than before.

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

The new Panigale V4 S is equipped with Öhlins NPX 25/30 electronically controlled pressurised forks, derived from the brand’s racing offering, which minimises cavitation. These work in combination with an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and steering damper.

Furthermore, the pivot of the single-sided aluminium swingarm is positioned 4mm higher than that of the 2021 version. This specific technical change increases the anti-squat action and reduction of the lowering of the rear, stabilising the bike under acceleration.

The Panigale V4 S is equipped with 3-spoke forged aluminium alloy wheels and fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres. The braking system is equipped with Brembo Stylema monobloc callipers at the front with four 30mm diameter pistons as well.

Each one is working on 330mm diameter discs, ensuring exceptional braking power, while at the rear, a single 245mm disc with 2-piston calliper is in play.

The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 is additionally equipped with the latest-generation electronic package based on the use of a 6-axis inertial platform capable of instantly detecting roll, yaw and pitch angles of the motorcycle in space.

The electronic package includes controls that manage all riding phases, with operating parameters connected to the four riding modes available (Race A, Race B, Sport, and Street).

2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S
2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S

Even the look of the bike has been revamped, with a further dose of aggressive flavour. The unprecedented graphic design conceived by the Ducati Centro Stile includes black logos being applied to full red fairings.

On the S version, there’s a double-coloured fabric saddle and a red tag on the black rims. Both the Panigale V4 and V4 S will be available in Australia form February 2022, with pricing starting at $34,000 ride away for the V4, and $43,600 ride away for the V4 S.

For further information, please contact your local Ducati dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is a motoring enthusiast, with a passion for two and four wheels. It's pretty much a given there'll be at least two motorbikes in his garage and he needs no excuses to hit the open road. Andrew grew up reading magazines like Street Machine and Heavy Duty and has a love for all things performance.

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