Ducati Panigale V4 Review
What Is It?
The 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 is a premium sports bike with lashings of Italian style and sits next to the mid-range V4 S which adds a lightweight Lithium battery, forged wheels and Ohlins electric suspension.
Engine: 1,103 cc V4, 211 bhp
Economy: 35 mpg, 120 miles
Red Line: 14,500 rpm
Seat Height: 830 mm
Wet Weight: 198 kg
|✓||Looks, sound, performance|
|×||Pretty expensive new|
I picked up my Panigale V4 (base model) on April 28th. One day delayed due to problems getting it registered with the authorities. This model is new as of this year and it's a new start for Ducati making V4s in road bikes. It was a great feeling seeing the V4 waiting!
Starting the engine unveils a beautiful sound. Ducatisound! Driving away from the dealer made me smile. It's buttery smooth from 3,000rpm and up. This is very unlike the former Panigales.
The V4 comes in 3 different versions:
- Base model (which I have bought)
- V4S with the öhlins front and back, and forged wheels
- V4 Speciale which is a limited edition
There are too many rider aids on this bike to cover here, but some have to be mentioned.
I'm not an experienced biker and the quick shifter takes some getting used to, but after a while you learn to be very fond of it. I'm using it more and more. In addition to the quick shifter the slipper clutch and the auto-blipper makes the V4 a winner on the track.
The traction control is adjustable in 8 steps and gives the rider ample opportunities to customise the setup of the electronics while the cornering ABS also helps in stabilising the bike when braking leaned over.
The V4 is a pure specialised sportsbike, but it is more comfortable than the former Panigale models. It's no problem riding this hyperbike 300 miles a day. Writing this now on July 23rd, the V4 has 4,500 miles already!
Ducati's reputation is kind of shredded, but in the time I've had the bike it has been nearly flawless.
- It was included in a recall from Ducati regarding the gas cap, but that was fixed at the first time service.
- The clutch seems to lose pressure, but a little adjustment and that is no issue.
So is this bike all positive? Well, the V4 is a quite expensive new. Especially here in Norway, but it is SO worth it.
Another thing the former Panigales have been criticised for is the heat. With the V4 this is not a problem, unless you are riding a lot in downtown city areas. Going slow makes it heat up quite a bit. Other than that it is just like any other bike.
All in all I would buy the V4 over any other bike any day of the week!
- Haavard H, 2018