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2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R unveiled, makes 240hp in full race configuration | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The bike has a 998cc V4 able to revving as much as 16,500rpm within the sixth gear.

Ducati has globally unveiled the 2023 Panigale V4 R and it options a number of vital modifications which can be stated to have made it an much more potent device.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R will get a bigger 17-litre gas tank 

Will get new seat for higher ergonomics, revised electronics

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R: engine

On the coronary heart of this motorbike is the 998cc, Desmosedici Stradale R, V4 engine that makes a peak energy of 218hp at 15,500rpm and 111.3Nm at 12,000rpm. This engine is able to revving as much as 16,000rpm within the first 5 gears, whereas within the sixth, it could rev as much as 16,500rpm. To attain such excessive rev numbers, the corporate has used lighter elements whereas additionally altering a number of engine internals. 

The consumption camshafts are new with the valve carry elevated by 1mm. The pistons have a brand new geometry that has resulted in a 5 gram drop of their weight compared to the engine in final 12 months’s bike. Together with the advantages of the lighter weight within the type of decreased inertia, the pistons get DLC floor remedy to scale back friction. 

Ducati has additionally put in new, “gun-drilled-type” connecting rods which can be stated to enhance pin lubrication, by permitting oil to move from the top to the connecting rod’s foot. This improves reliability in excessive circumstances.

Ducati says that complying with the stringent Euro 5 emission requirements has affected the efficiency of the bike in customary trim as a result of limitations attributable to the exhaust system. Within the ‘Race configuration’, nonetheless, the bike will get an Akrapovic race exhaust that bumps the facility determine to 237hp, 3hp greater than earlier than. 

In actual fact, utilizing a specifically developed engine oil and together with the race exhaust, the V4 develops 240.5hp. To place issues in perspective, the kerb weight of the bike with the race exhaust is 188.5kg, and with the engine within the 240.5hp trim, it interprets to a power-to-weight ratio of 1275.86hp/tonne.

The V4 has been paired with a gearbox with the identical gear ratios which can be utilized by Ducati’s WSBK race machine. The primary, second and sixth gear has been lengthened, so, as an example, the primary gear turns into extra usable round circuits with tight corners.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R: electronics

Ducati has additionally made a number of tweaks to the electronics package deal of the bike. Firstly, there are 4 trip modes – Full, Excessive, Medium and Low. The latter drops energy to 160hp to make it simpler to trip in difficult highway circumstances. 

As well as, the bike has a brand new Engine Brake Management software program in addition to a Quickshifter system that makes it smoother to make use of on the highway and the observe. 

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R: chassis

Whereas there aren’t any modifications to the primary body, the Ohlins suspension has been revised. The  Ohlins NPX25/30 fork has 5mm extra journey, whereas the Ohlins TTX36 monoshock makes use of a much less inflexible spring. The adjustable swingarm pivot level has additionally been raised, which, in flip, has elevated rear peak by 20mm. Ducati says these modifications have improved the best way the motorbike enters into corners or modifications path, say whereas negotiating a chicane.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R: ergonomics and aerodynamics

The bike incorporates a new, 17-litre brushed aluminium gas tank, flatter seat and new upholstery that gives simpler motion backward and forward whereas inserting the rider able that gives higher help throughout cornering or braking.

Rounding off the checklist of updates to the Panigale V4 R are new aerodynamic bits. This consists of new wings which can be thinner and extra compact whereas being able to producing the identical quantity of aerodynamic load. The decrease half of the fairing, in the meantime, has additionally undergone a number of modifications to the structure of the extractors to enhance engine cooling. There’s additionally a separate air consumption to chill the sensor for the Ducati Quickshifter system.



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