The new limited edition Ducati V4 SP rocks carbon rims and a dry clutch

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Ducati V4 SP against a black background
Ducati V4 SP against a black background
Ducati V4 SP against a black background
Ducati V4 SP rear against a black background
Ducati V4 SP front against a black background
Ducati V4 SP top against a black background
Ducati V4 SP headstock
Ducati V4 SP clutch cover
Ducati V4 SP handlebars
Ducati V4 SP footpegs

There are certain nameplates that Ducati have used over the years which signify something special: “R”, “SPS”, “Superleggera”, and “SP” and just launched is the Ducati Panigale V4 SP.

The V4 SP is a limited run superbike based off the already rapid V4S while grabbing some tasty bits off the mega expensive Superleggera, and adding some new ones. The philosophy behind the bike is to offer incredible performance without the demands of the R, with Ducati claiming the SP will be faster in the hands of amateur riders compared to the R. 

Power and torque is identical to that of the V4S  at 157.5 kW (214 hp) and 124.0 Nm (91.5 lb-ft) although overall the bike weighs 1kg (3lb) less. Many will love to hear (with bleeding ears) a dry clutch has returned with the option to purchase an open carbon clutch cover to be used at track days. Naturally for an SP the suspension is top shelf with Öhlins suspension and Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO.

One of the first things you’ll notice is the black “Winter Test” livery, which ups the coolness factor to 11, aping the black liveries of the World Superbike and MotoGP race bikes when they test in winter. Keeping the black theme going are Superleggera derived 5-spoke carbon fibre wheels, with the wings and front mudguard also in carbon fibre.

Also from the Superleggera are the Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers and Brembo front brake pump with MCS (Multiple Click System) and “remote adjusting” device. 

The special versions of Ducati’s super bikes have had brushed aluminium tanks for some time and the SP continues that tradition with surrounding contrasting red stripes which flow about the bike.

The steering head is machined from billet showcasing the bike’s production number, while the adjustable footpegs are also made from billet aluminium with carbon heel guards.

I suspect the SP will retain its value quite well given its a limited numbers bike and hopefully they will get used beyond the local cafe or cars and coffee scenes.

Priced at $51,890 AUD it’s not cheap, but then, it’s been quite some time since superbikes were considered cheap. With the amount of technology and the cost of development it’s no surprise they are at these sorts of price points. 

Just on looks and spec alone, the V4 SP should be a future classic.

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