Ducati’s first ever V4 engine – the Ducati Desmosedici Stradale V4 – has broken cover with the bike maker revealing that the particular engine has been directly derived from the Desmosedici engines that Ducati uses in the MotoGP.
The new 90 degree V4 engine will make its way to future Ducati Supersport models. Ducati’s CEO Claudio Domenicali says that the engine will start a new chapter in the company’s history and is the result of the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the factory bike development team.
The new V4 engine has been designed and engineered to be mainly used in regular production models as well. It will have a displacement of 1,103 cc and while the exact power output hasn’t been revealed, Ducati says that it will exceed 210 bhp at 13,000 rpm and the peak torque output will be over 120 Nm from 8,750 rpm to 12,250 rpm. The engine has been designed to offer maximum torque in the mid-range.
The engine gets a counter-rotating crank, which reduces the overall gyroscopic effect and makes the bike more agile and better handling. As on the Ducati bikes used in MotoGP, the crankshaft is of the counter-rotating type. This reduces the overall gyroscopic effect and makes the bike faster and more agile when changing direction.
Ducati says that it is already developing an R version of the engine which will displace less than 1,000 cc, which will rev higher and be meant only for the track. This engine will also be used in the World Superbike Championship from the 2019 season.
And lastly, the company has said that it will be launching the new Panigale with the V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine on 5 November, 2017. Domenicali also revealed they will be revealing the new Panigale V4, an all-new motorcycle powered by this extraordinary engine in November later this year at EICMA.