2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And Panigale V4 S Preview

Ducati’s 2020 Panigale V4 superbikes get the “R” treatment—and it’s not just wings!

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 S.
2020 Ducati Panigale V4 S.Ducati Motor Holding

Two years after the release of its acclaimed, game-changing V-4 superbike, Ducati is updating the Panigale V4 and V4 S by adopting features that debuted on the V4 R.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And V4 S Changes

Straight away, Ducatisti will notice both models now resemble the homologation special, boasting the same slippery bodywork that punches a larger hole through the air and gives the rider a larger cockpit to hide behind. Both models are visually distinguished from the R by their painted steel tanks and plastic winglets (the R features a brushed aluminum tank and carbon fiber wings).

During the world premiere in Rimini on the Adriatic coast of Italy, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali said the aerodynamic package makes a palpable difference on the track: During testing at Jerez—from the last corner to the finish line—the 2020 model gained 2.5 meters on the 2019 model. So there you go.

Base-model Panigale V4. Race-style bodywork from the ’19 V4 R.
Base-model Panigale V4. Race-style bodywork from the ’19 V4 R.Ducati Motor Holding

In CW's superbike shootout, we criticized the Panigale V4 for being tiring to ride over race distance compared to the latest batch of superbikes. Based on similar feedback from customers and other press outlets, Ducati aimed to make the Panigale easier to ride without sacrificing its exhilarating nature. To accomplish its goals, it refined the chassis in a number of ways.

First, it increased the center of gravity by 5mm to make direction changes easier. It also gave the suspension softer springs with more spring preload, in addition to a new shorter rear shock linkage. Ducati claims the changes help increase rider confidence, especially over rough surfaces.

Red Ducatis give you wings.
Red Ducatis give you wings.Ducati

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And V4 S Chassis Updates

Ducati also massaged the chassis, milling out a section of the cast frame to decrease torsional stiffness by 30 percent and decrease braking stiffness by 15 percent. It's the same chassis change we saw debut on the V4 R last year, and is aimed to improve front end feel and decrease front tire stress, particularly at deep lean angles.

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And V4 S Electronic Upgrades

On the engine/electronics side, Ducati developed dedicated racetrack ride-by-wire settings that allow torque delivery to more closely mirror the rider’s throttle input. In first to third gears, torque delivery is also more linear.

There’s also an updated Ducati Traction Control (DTC) Evo 2 system said to improve corner exit control by responding to loss of grip more quickly to reduce the peaks at which it intervenes. In order to ensure the smoothest possible engine response, the system not only varies ignition advance and fuel injection, but also the throttle body valves in conditions when super-fast control isn’t required.

Both models receive updated Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) Evo 2 tech that shortens upshift times.

The Panigale V4 S is so good it makes you feel like this even when you aren’t good enough to get your elbow down in anything but your imagination.
The Panigale V4 S is so good it makes you feel like this even when you aren’t good enough to get your elbow down in anything but your imagination.Ducati Motor Holding

It's nice to see Ducati updating its halo model on a two-year cycle,[just like in the good old days when liter-class sportbikes ruled the world. Who else can't wait to swing a leg over this thing?

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And V4 S Price

MSRPs receive a $500 bump with the base model starting at $21,995 and the S at $28,395. There’s no word yet on US availability.

It looks like winglets have really arrived in the superbike market as Ducati makes them available on even its base-model machine.
It looks like winglets have really arrived in the superbike market as Ducati makes them available on even its base-model machine.Ducati Motor Holding

2020 Ducati Panigale V4 And V4 S Price And Specifications

PRICE $21,995 / $28,395
ENGINE 1,103cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled desmodromic V-4; 16-valve
BORE x STROKE 81.0 x 53.5mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 14.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Electronic fuel injection; twin injectors/cylinder; variable intake length
CLUTCH Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multi-plate clutch
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum “front frame”
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm fully adjustable Showa BPF; 4.7-in. travel / 43mm Öhlins NIX 30; electronically adjustable for compression and rebound; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Fully adjustable Sachs shock; 5.1-in. travel / Öhlins TTX 36 electronically adjustable for compression and rebound; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo Stylema radial-mount 4-piston calipers, 330mm discs w/ Bosch Cornering ABS Evo
REAR BRAKE Brembo 2-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS
WHEELS Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. front; 17 x 6.0-in. rear/ Forged aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. front; 17 x 6.0-in. rear
TIRES Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP; 120/70-17 front, 200/60-17 rear
RAKE/TRAIL 24.5°/3.9 in.
WHEELBASE 57.8 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.2 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 436 lb. / 430 lb.
AVAILABLE TBD
CONTACT ducati.com
Fairing gills. As pretty as last year’s standard fairing?
Fairing gills. As pretty as last year’s standard fairing?Ducati Motor Holding
Broader fairing gives the rider more wind protection.
Broader fairing gives the rider more wind protection.Ducati Motor Holding
Cockpit.
Cockpit.Ducati Motor Holding
Brembo Stylema calipers. Forged Marchesini wheels.
Brembo Stylema calipers. Forged Marchesini wheels.Ducati Motor Holding
Electronically adjustable Öhlins TTX rear shock.
Electronically adjustable Öhlins TTX rear shock.Ducati Motor Holding
The base-model Panigale V4’s red front fender distinguishes it from the S model, which has a matte black fender.
The base-model Panigale V4’s red front fender distinguishes it from the S model, which has a matte black fender.Ducati Motor Holding
Red Ducati. Tricolore curbs.
Red Ducati. Tricolore curbs.Ducati Motor Holding
Ducati test rider making use of the Ducati Traction Control, probably.
Ducati test rider making use of the Ducati Traction Control, probably.Ducati Motor Holding