2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype First Look

Ducati to unveil its Streetfighter V4 prototype at Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype doing wheelie.
What better way to show off how incredibly badass a bike is than to let Carlin Dunne race it at the prestigious Pikes Peak Hill Climb!Ducati

Those ostentatious Italians just couldn't wait until Ducati World Premiere 2020 to unveil their sexy new Streetfighter V4 prototype, so they are going to release it in anger during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30, 2019. Longtime Ducati hill climb specialist Carlin Dunne will pilot the motorcycle as he attempts to win the race on a purpose-built streetbike once again.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype riding on street.
As you might expect, Ducati is quite serious about the Streetfighter V4, and a shakedown test in front of the world proves the company is confident in both Dunne and the new bike.Ducati

The Streetfighter V4 is the successor to Ducati’s original L-twin-powered and 1098 Superbike-based Streetfighter naked bike that was released for the 2010 model year.

PPIHC rules dictate that competition motorcycles are equipped with a one-piece handlebar (versus sportbike-style clip-ons), therefore competing in the Race to the Clouds is an important part of the Streetfighter V4 development, says Ducati.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype with pixelated livery.
The pixelated livery hides the actual lines of the Streetfighter V4 prototype because the look is not quite finalized.Ducati

Official technical specifications are limited at this point, but the Italian company has shared these wonderful images of the bike in action plus a couple of studio shots.

But based on our experience with Ducati’s rip-roaring Panigale V4, this new Streetfighter will likely be one of the most powerful open-class naked bikes we’ve ever seen. Since its designed around the sensational Panigale and its 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine we see no reason to doubt that claim.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype on black background.
Basically the Streetfighter V4 is an unfaired Panigale superbike with some specific road bike hardware like taller bars, tiny windscreen/headlight combo, and more than likely some changes to the power delivery.Ducati

“The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020,” said Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati. “Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding, so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production.”