The Superleggera V4 is the most powerful and technologically advanced motorcycle ever made by Ducati. It is produced in a limited edition of just 500 individually numbered bikes. It is the world’s only street-legal motorcycle with the entire load-bearing structure of the chassis (frame, subframe, swingarm, and wheels) made from composite material, achieving a 6.7 kg reduction in weight.
Alessandro Valia, an official Ducati tester, took the bike, fitted with the racing kit and slick tires, around the Mugello circuit in 1:52:45, less than two seconds from the lap time of the Panigale V4 R SBK, winner of the 2019 Italian Motorspeed Championship (CIV) with Michele Pirro.
Many components of the Superleggera V4 are made of carbon fiber, molded into advanced aerodynamic shapes. These include the fairing, which guarantees a level of aerodynamic efficiency that matches and exceeds that of current MotoGP bikes. It ensures a downforce of 50 kg at 270 kph.
The motorcycle is powered by the lightweight yet potent Desmosedici Stradale R engine. The 998 cm3 90° V4 delivers 224 CV in road-legal configuration (EU homologation figures). That figure rises to 234 CV when fitted with the titanium Akrapovič exhaust for track use, which is included in the Racing Kit supplied with the bike. The racing character of the engine is enhanced by the use of the dry clutch and the individual manual adjustment of the Desmodromic timing system.
The Superleggera V4 has a dry weight of just 159 kg (16 kg less than the Panigale V4), resulting in a power-to-weight ratio of 1.41 hp/kg: a record-breaking figure for a road-legal sports bike. Mounting the supplied Racing kit and switching the bike to its track configuration boosts power to 234 hp, dropping the weight to 152.2 kg and raising the power-to-weight ratio to 1.54 hp/kg. The braking system is the best in the Brembo production range, with an MCS calliper featuring a remotely adjusted lever gap and Stylema® R callipers, exclusive to the Superleggera V4, to provide greater front-brake stroke consistency in long track runs.
Superleggera customers can also acquire an exclusive Superleggera V4 premium leather suit with integrated air-bag and a carbon fiber helmet, both emblazoned with the bike’s colors and graphics. Produced by Dainese, the leathers combine lightness and strength with the safety of the D-air® system. Likewise, the meticulously crafted Arai helmet – which features aeronautical-grade carbon fiber – offers unsurpassed protection and comfort.
The bike ID number (XXX/500) is displayed on the frame, fork yoke, and ignition key. The deliveries will begin in June.
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