Previewing The All-New 2020 Ducati Panigale V2

Ducati updates its middleweight-plus sized V-twin Panigale for 2020.

Ducati has officially unveiled the 2020 Panigale V2, and it's packing a load of updates. It takes the place of the outgoing Panigale 959 and has a highly revised engine, chassis, and the latest suite of Ducati electronics. It's Euro 5 compliant and has lost nothing on its predecessor in terms of power and performance, according to the Italian marque.

The new Panigale V2 may be Euro 5 compliant, but it doesn’t lose anything in terms of performance and power.
The new Panigale V2 may be Euro 5 compliant, but it doesn’t lose anything in terms of performance and power.Ducati

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Horsepower And Engine

Back in May, the new V2 was spotted in the wild during testing, and our take on the few improvements we could see proved correct. But the engine gets a more substantial overhaul than we would have guessed. It's now a 955cc Superquadro configuration with 100mm bore and 60.8 stroke, boasting 5 more horsepower and 1.5 pound-feet more torque than the 959, for a total of 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and 76.7 pound-feet at 9,000 rpm. It's got new injectors and inlet ducts for more efficient fuel consumption, die-cast covers, MotoGP-derived crankshaft lubrication, desmodromic valve control, ride by wire, 48.1mm intake valves, and 34mm exhaust valves.

The redesigned 955cc V-twin packs a punch.
The redesigned 955cc V-twin packs a punch.Ducati

The intake was redesigned with larger ducts for better efficiency.

There’s a redesigned silencer that routes underneath the bike and seat. It reduces noise and is equipped with two larger catalytic converters to meet Euro 5 standards. The six-speed transmission utilizes Ducati’s Quick Shift up/down EVO 2 system.

Slim and aerodynamic.
Slim and aerodynamic.Ducati

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Chassis And Suspension

The 90-degree V-twin is a stressed member of the new aluminum monocoque frame, which is designed with 3.7 inches of trail and 24 degrees of rake. That's paired with a new aluminum, single-sided swingarm. The package is suspended on a Showa 43mm BPF fully adjustable fork and fully adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear. It rolls on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires wrapped around the five-spoke light alloy wheels. A Sachs steering damper is also included.

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Brakes

In the braking department, riders will utilize Brembo M4.32 Monoblock calipers at the front, gripping 320mm discs, and a Brembo caliper, 240mm disc setup at the rear.

The V2 is more efficient than the outgoing 959.
The V2 is more efficient than the outgoing 959.Ducati

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Electronics

In terms of electronics, the V2 packs full LED lighting, Ducati's Cornering ABS, Traction Control EVO 2, Wheelie Control EVO, and Engine Brake Control in addition to the aforementioned quickshift setup. Cornering ABS comes with three levels, while traction control can be set among eight modes, with six dedicated to dry conditions and two dialed for wet. Riders will also get to select from three ride modes: Race, Sport, and Road.

All the information is displayed on a 4.3-inch TFT instrument panel, as is information from the Ducati Lap Timer and the Ducati Multimedia System and Data Analyzer. The latter two, however, are plug-and-play accessories.

The V2 has a claimed 441-pound curb weight.
The V2 has a claimed 441-pound curb weight.Ducati

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Weight

Ducati lists the curb weight of the new V2 at 441 pounds. It will carry a total of 4.5 gallons of fuel and come with a 24-month warranty.

Pricing, however, is not yet listed.

In spite of having to accord with ever stricter emissions standards, it looks like Ducati hasn't lost much in terms of power, performance, and curb appeal with the new V2.

2020 Ducati Panigale V2 Price And Specifications

Price TBD
Engine 955cc, liquid-cooled, desmodromic Superquadro 90-degree V-twin; four-valve
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 60.8mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Clutch Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate
Fuel Delivery EFI, twin injectors per cylinder, ride by wire
Transmission/Final Drive 6 speed/chain
Frame Monocoque aluminum
Front Suspension Showa 43mm BPF fork, fully adjustable, 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable, 5.1-in. travel
Front Brake Brembo M4.32 radially mounted Monoblock calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ Cornering ABS EVO
Rear Brake Brembo 2-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ Cornering ABS EVO
Wheels, Front/Rear 3.50 x 17 in. / 5.50 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II; 120/70ZR-17 / 180/60ZR-17
Rake/Trail 24.0°/3.7 in.
Wheelbase 56.5 in.
Seat Height 33.1 in.
Claimed Curb Weight 441 lb.
Warranty 2-year limited warranty
Available TBD
Contact ducati.com
You can see the exhaust route beneath the seat, terminating in a revised silencer.
You can see the exhaust route beneath the seat, terminating in a revised silencer.Ducati
The seat is purportedly more comfortable than the 959.
The seat is purportedly more comfortable than the 959.Ducati
Revised intake design and new LED headlights give the V2 a menacing look.
Revised intake design and new LED headlights give the V2 a menacing look.Ducati