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2022 Ducati Panigale V4 will get general enhancements, extra energy | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

Printed On Nov 29, 2021 12:06:00 PM

The replace to Ducati’s superbike is sort of complete, with the engine, gearbox, ergonomics, electronics, chassis and aerodynamics being tweaked.

Ducati has rolled out the 2022 Panigale V4 and the Bologna model’s superbike has acquired an entire host of updates and enhancements.

By no means one to relaxation on its laurels, Ducati has endowed its Panigale V4 with an entire host of updates for the 2022 mannequin 12 months. It’s not just like the bike was lagging behind in comparison with the competitors; fairly the other, actually. Nonetheless, the Bologna model has discovered methods to enhance the engine, gearbox, ergonomics, electronics, chassis and aerodynamics on the usual and ‘S’ variants, leading to probably the most complete replace to the bike because it was launched.

The 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine has been left comparatively untouched, with just a few adjustments to the lubrication system and exhaust system, together with an oil pump that saps much less energy, and bigger diameter exhaust exits to cut back again stress. Because of this, peak energy is up barely, from 214hp to 215.5hp, although torque has lowered, however solely by 0.4Nm to 123.6Nm.

The accent Akrapovic exhaust system has acquired its personal set of adjustments, now terminating larger up on the bike, as in comparison with the sooner stomach design. Because of this, the 228hp output determine has been retained, however with a a lot decrease sound stage – 105dB in comparison with the sooner 109dB, that may be lowered to 102dB with the set up of a decibel killer.

Extra radical adjustments have been made to the gearbox, which options taller first, second and sixth gears. The thought behind the adjustments is to make first gear extra usable, extra typically at slower pace corners on-track, whereas stacking the remainder of the cogs nearer, to enhance acceleration. The taller sixth gear delivers the next prime pace – 5kph larger, as per Ducati.

The digital aids and maps have additionally been revised to accommodate these adjustments and the Panigale V4 now options 4 energy modes: full, excessive, medium and low. Full gives most energy in all gears besides first, whereas low caps output at 150hp. The TFT sprint has acquired a Observe EVO mode which makes the rev counter extra distinguished and in addition highlights what rider aids are getting used at any time.

The aforementioned larger prime pace will not be solely right down to the elevated energy, but in addition extra environment friendly aerodynamics. The brand new winglets supply the identical downforce as earlier than: 37kg at 300kph, however with much less drag. There are additionally new exhaust vents minimize into the decrease fairing to assist with warmth administration, particularly at excessive speeds.

On the chassis entrance, the fork on the S variant is new – now an Ohlins NPX 25/30 unit. It options 5mm extra journey than earlier than (125mm now) which permits for barely decrease spring stiffness: 9.5N/mm as in comparison with the sooner 10N/mm. Whereas the rear shock and steering damper (and all the usual variant’s suspension {hardware}) have remained untouched, the swingarm pivot is now 4mm larger than earlier than to offer higher anti-squat traits and enhance stability below acceleration.

The ultimate space to which adjustments have been made is ergonomics. The seat is now flatter and incorporates a totally different floor end to make it grippier, and the form of the gas tank has additionally been modified to permit the rider to raised anchor themselves when braking. It additionally higher accommodates the rider’s arm when hanging off at full lean.

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