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Ducati Panigale V4 S Review (2018)


Ducati Panigale V4 S

It creates a unique feeling every time you open the garage door, makes you feel special and instantly makes you forget the stupid price you’ve paid for a toy. Truly a bike worth owning.
- Rating: 10 / 10

What Is It?

The Ducati Panigale V4 S is a premium sports bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 1,103 cc 90° V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine with MotoGP style counter-rotating crank, producing 211.2 bhp at 13,000 rpm and maximum torque at 10,000 rpm.


  • Seat Height: Average (830 mm / 32.7 inches)
  • Weight: Average (195 kg / 430 lbs)
  • Economy: Poor (35 mpg / 8.1 l/100km / 12.4 km/l)
  • Range: Average (120 miles / 193 km)
  • Power to Weight: Very high (1.082 bhp/kg / 0.807 kW/kg)
  • Top Speed: Very high (200 mph / 322 km/h)


  • Fantastic electronic suspension
  • Sheer acceleration
  • Torque and power
  • Cornering
  • Sound
  • Looks


  • Destroys tyres too quickly
  • Several recalls already
  • Can get hot in traffic
  • Expensive new
  • Economy

What Is It Like?

Ducati Panigale V4 S

My Experience

This is my 6th Ducati over the years, along with many other Japanese superbikes, the previous being a 1199 Panigale. From reading the many reviews online, as most bikers do, the sensational ones led me to making a decision that this bike had to be next on my list.

I was originally going to go for the stock V4 however this particular V4S came up in the tricolour paint scheme and immediately screamed buy me.


As all Ducati’s do, the instant you turn the key, it gives a feeling that no other bike can. What follows from a passionate and vast racing heritage is clearly shown in this latest generation of Superbikes.

On start up the noise heavily resembles the note of the old 1199 but on releasing the clutch the whole presence of the lumpy twin is gone making this bike far superior for everyday use.

Ducati Panigale V4 S


Past Ducati superbikes have always been about raw untamed power in my opinion, however they’ve managed to combine the power and make it usable.

If you play with the electronics and lower the “safety factor” then this bike can be as brutal as the old Panigale. The power is phenomenal and trying to adjust your senses to suit is the biggest challenge.


The quickshifter and auto blipper are the smoothest of any bike I’ve ridden. Control and ease of changing settings is very user friendly, even for the non I.T. savvy of us.

Running Costs

Fuel range can have its down side. Heavy handed is only returning around 70-80 miles a tank but lets me frank, who buys one of these to be concerned about MPG!

As amazing as this bike truly is, the concern that puts many people off is running costs……DON’T LET IT.

I use a Ducati main dealer and their prices are very reasonable. Around £250 a year for servicing costs isn’t too bad when you consider it’s a MotoGP bike with a number plate and lights.

Any Downsides?

The only negative is that there have been around five recalls on the bike but Ducati aftercare in my experience has been second to none.

Ducati Panigale V4 S

To Sum Up

If you want something that creates a unique feeling every time you open the garage door, makes you feel special and instantly makes you forget the stupid price you’ve paid for a toy then this truly is a bike worth owning and, in my eyes, the greatest superbike I’ve ever ridden.

- Chris W, 2019

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Check out this video review from TheMissendenFlyer.