Ducati will build a V2 [V-twin] version of its new 205hp V4 naked streetfighter. This according to Ducati’s CEO, Claudio Domenicali.
Interviewed by MCN Domenicali said:
“We now have the Panigale V2 that makes 155bhp and puts you in the range where you can experience exciting sport riding without being extreme and we would like to have naked bikes in different categories, too.
The Streetfighter V4 will remain at the top and then have other motorcycles where you get the same sports feeling with less extreme performance. We are thinking of a very interesting new naked model that will come sooner rather than later.”
While the V2 Streetfighter won’t be the all-out performance beast that is the V4 Streetfighter, it’s not a stretch to think that the V2 Streetfighter will come with much of the performance found on the V2 Panigale.
Likely to make the move to the V2 Streetfighter is the same 155hp 955cc liquid-cooled engine found in the V2 Panigale. You can also expect fully adjustable Showa forks, Sachs rear shock, and twin monoblock Brembo brakes with cornering ABS. If Ducati wants to make things really frisky, the V2 Streetfighter may also get the V2 Panigale’s quickshifter/autoblipper, electronic engine braking control, and anti-wheelie and traction control.
Assuming that the V2 Streetfighter has a weight similar to the V2 Panigale, it’s going to be among the lighter streetfighters. If it has the V2 Panigale’s 200kg weight, it will be approximately 10kg lighter than the Kawasaki Z900 and 12kg lighter than the Honda CB1000R.
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