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Boasting of a dry weight

Boasting of a dry weight of 178 kg – closer to 200 kg ready to ride – the Streetfighter V4 boasts of a 1.17 hp/kg powerto-weight ratio. With this, Ducati chief executive officer Claudio Domenicali says the Streetfighter V4 is 25% more powerful than its closest competitor. At the heart of the Streetfigher is a 208hp 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine derived from the Ducati MotoGP powerplant. With an impressive dry weight of only 178kg, the new model has a power-to-weight ratio of 1.17hp/kg, pushing out a mamouth 208hp as standard. This number is increased further with the race use only titanium Akrapovic exhaust that boosts power to 216 hp while losing 4 kg in the process. The power delivery in the Streetfighter V4 is notably different from the Panigale V4 with 14% more torque sent to the rear wheel at 100 km/h. Compared to the previous model Streetfighter, the Streetfighter 1098, torque takes 31% bump at 100 km/h. This is achieved not with making any modifications to the engine but by simply changing out sprockets for a bigger plate at the rear wheel and a smaller cog at the gearbox while fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank Offered in two variants—the base Streetfighter V4 and the Streetfighter V4 S are the latest jewels of the Ducati line which will be available in SA beginning April 2020. Do you think it’s worth the long wait and the price? We certainly do, and we hope to crack the nod to the world launch of this machine which should be any day now. Contact Ducati SA on 012 765 0600 for more info. 26 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019