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All the NEWS proudly brought to you by HJC HELMETS A DUCATI STREETFIGHTER V2 IN THE WORKS? Ducati is milking its new series of V engines. After making its way in the Panigale and the all-new Streetfighter, the V4 engine will land in the Multistrada sometime in 2020. Ducati followed up with the introduction in October 2019 of the V2, the half V4, introduced like its big brother in a downsized version of the Panigale. Considering the road map Ducati’s V engines are following, saying that the company is likely to come up with a V2 version of the Streetfighter is almost too easy a deduction. But yeah. Ducati is likely to come up with a V2 version of the Streetfighter. The folks at Motorcycle News got to chat with Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali once again. The guy is notorious for being an open book when it comes to discussing the future of his company and once again, he delivers. Our British colleagues asked Domenicali about how the Streetfighter V4 can seem daunting to certain riders, he explained that this is what the Panigale V2 has been designed for: to counteract that perception and offer a model that looks and feels more accessible. Of course, he would like to apply a similar formula to the naked lineup. “We would like to have naked bikes in different categories, too,” he commented. “We are thinking of a very interesting new naked model that will come sooner rather than later.” With words like these, it’s hard not to draw lines between the Streetfighter and the V2. After all, Ducati didn’t limit the use of its new four-cylinder engine to the Panigale: it took full advantage of the engine’s potential. With that in mind, it doesn’t really make sense that the V2 be limited to the Pani, especially not with the gorgeous Streetfighter model the company just unveiled. The pairing of the nake sportbike and the downsized engine seems written in the sky. Whether the naked V2 will be a Streetfighter or something else remains to be seen but considering the new model is pretty much a stripped-down Panigale and there already is a Panigale V2, it looks like the most logical way to proceed. Now, what we are really hoping to see is Ducati embrace the middle-weight adventure segment and follow up with a Multistrada V2 but if that’s ever to happen, it probably won’t be for a while. There’s a Multistrada V4 and likely a Streetfighter V2 coming first. A DUCATI PANIGALE V4 SUPERLEGGERA COMING SOON? For 2018, Ducati gave its V-twin-powered supersport, the Panigale 1299, a proper sendoff by replacing it and continuing the Pani legacy with a shiny new V4 engine and model. The new Panigale V4 upped the ante on a number of fronts, including power, and introduced a new fourcylinder platform that allowed Ducati to get creative and introduce a flock of V4-based models. As with the previous generation of the Pani, only one version of the high-performance model was not enough. Six iterations of the model are currently listed on the Ducati Website and there could be a seventh about to be added to the list. Photographers have spotted a Ducati test mule being tested, sporting a few subtle but familiar features, leading us to believe that the Superleggera is making a comeback. Ducastistas have been wondering whether and when a V4 Superleggera would be introduced and it looks like the answer to that is “soon”. At first glance, the mule looks almost identical to the Panigale V4 R introduced earlier this year, sporting the same aerodynamic winglets and gills. Upon closer inspection, however, we notice a few minute difference, starting with the carbon fibre fairing. In some of the pictures, we notice that the nose of the bike has that typical carbon fibre sheen—a sensible choice of material considering the whole point of the Superleggera is to be significantly lighter than the entry-level Panigale. For comparison, the previous generation Panigale 1299 S weighed in at 419 lb while its Superleggera counterpart tipped the scale at a minuscule 167 kg. Another clue that indicates that the model being tested is seemingly a Superleggera is the wheels. The rims— supposedly also made of carbon fibre— are the exact same design as the ones used on the 1299. Finally, the exhaust tips are made of titanium (if the “Titanium” engraved on the right-hand side muffler is any indication). With the addition of the Superleggera nameplate, we could potentially expect a slight increase in output—it was at least the case with the 1299 generation. While the new model is still being tested, it looks just about ready for production, which could mean that there’s a chance the company will unveil the bike along with the rest of its lineup at the end of October. Pictures and source MCN. 6 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE JANUARY 2020 Available at dealers Nation-Wide