Ducati bosses have officially unwrapped its new V4 Superbike engine ahead of the Misano MotoGP round which will be put into production for 2018 and homologated for racing in 2019.

After announcing its final version of the Panigale R at the Laguna Seca World Superbike round in July, anticipation has grown around the launch of the replacement model with a strong focus around its new engine the Desmosedici V4 Stradale.

The road-going version will have a displacement of 1100cc from the V4 producing 210bhp featuring a counter-rotating crank with a twin-pulse firing order, while the racing version will be made with 1000cc in order to meet World Superbike regulations. The rev target for the racing version is set to be 14,000rmp using the desmodromic system, with the engine expected to have a greater power output while being lighter than the previous V-twin.

"We are proud to reveal this technological jewel that starts a new chapter in our company's history, demonstrating its vitality and high level of investment in the development of new products,” Claudio Domencali said. “This engine also demonstrates the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the group developing production motorcycles, and how much racing is able to develop technology that is then usable for the standard models.”

The Desmosedici Stradale with the new Ducati Panigale V4, will be officially presented on the 5th November (9PM CET) at Ducati’s world premiere at EICMA.


Technical specification of the V4 engine

Engine type: 1,103 cm³, 90° V4 with reverse-rotating crankshaft

Bore x stroke:81 x 53.5 mm

Compression ratio: 14:01

Max power: More than 210 Hp @ 13,000 rpm*

Max torque: More than 120 Nm (88.51 lb-ft) from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm*

Firing order: “Twin-Pulse” firing order with crankshaft-pins staggered by 70 degrees

Timing system: Desmodromic timing system with chain and dual overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder

Lubrication: Semi-dry sump lubrication with four oil pumps: 1 delivery and 3 return

Air intake: Four oval throttle bodies with an equivalent diameter of 52 mm, connected to variable length intake manifolds

Gearbox: 6 speeds with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down

Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control


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The engine is a gem, designed and built by Jorge Lorenzo, obviously. Look at how proud he is at the presentation, as he lays his golden hand on the masterpiece. Well done George. Ducati would be lost without your leadership.


Bwahahah, yeah, Jorgito is looking very proud as you mentioned it..Is he moving down to WSBK series perhaps?  IN Ducati MotoGP squad, where Dovizioso reigns, Jorge's presence is very opaque indeed.  Will JL, win a race out dueling Dovisioso for a change.

V4 Ducati engine for the street ?  I have got to sample it when out and available..Will Ducati be able to offer a chassis that turns easier for street bike ?

You mean no more 200cc advantage for Ducati??  NOOOooooo!