The Evolution of Speed — that’s what the fifth episode of the Ducati World Premiere 2022 was titled, and rightly so, because the Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S have received some significant upgrades to make it even more committed, more track-focused, and racier than before. The new Panigale V4 and V4 S receive significant changes that are not just limited to the aerodynamics and ergonomics, but also expand to the engine, transmission, and the addition of some serious technology.
Since there’s a lot that has been changed and updated on the 2022 Panigale V4, let’s start with the design bits first. The fairing incorporates double-profile winglets which are now thinner. With this, Ducati says the vertical load remains the same — 30kg at 270kmph, and 37kg at 300kmph. The lower part of the fairing has also been redesigned to aid better cooling to the engine. Ducati has also made tweaks to the ergonomics of the 2022 Panigale to enhance the riding experience on the racetrack — the seat height has gone up by 15mm over the 2021 model and it now measures 850mm, while the seat itself has been made flatter. The rear portion of the fuel tank has been redesigned, and it can also hold an extra litre of fuel compared to its predecessor’s 16 litres.
The powertrain of the new Ducati Panigale has also gone through a series of changes in its latest upgrade. It continues to be powered by the 1103cc, 90 degree V4, liquid-cooled, Desmosedici Stradale engine, which puts out 1bhp more and 0.4Nm less than its predecessor, with power and torque figures now standing at 212.5bhp at 13,000rpm and 123.6Nm at 9500rpm. If these figures still don’t impress you, Ducati is also offering a full-titanium Akrapovic exhaust as a part of their race kity which increases power and torque figures to a mammoth 225bhp and 130.5Nm respectively, while also reducing weight by 5kg. The new Panigale also receives a new SBK-inspired six-speed transmission with extended gear ratios to make the motorcycle more track-oriented. This has also resulted in a 5kmph increase in top-speed.
The 2022 Panigale V4 continues to sport an aluminum front frame where the engine acts as a stressed member of the chassis, and is completed by the cast aluminum seat post. The standard Panigale V4 continues to receive fully-adjustable suspension on both ends — 43mm Showa big piston forks with chromed inner tubes at the front, while the rear features a monoshock from Sachs and an aluminum single-sided swingarm.
On the other hand, the Panigale V4 S ditches the Ohlins NIX30 front fork setup with the NPX25/30 43mm USDs. Meanwhile the rear retains the TTX36 monoshock and an aluminum single-sided swingarm. The suspension setup continues to feature the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 which enables electronic adjustment. The new suspension setup also bestows the bike with an extra 5mm of travel. The swingarm has been set 4mm more than the 2021 model, which aids in stability of the bike during acceleration.
The braking system from Brembo has been retained. Meaning, both variants of the Panigale receive Monobloc Stylema M4.30 four-piston calipers radially mounted on 330mm twin floating discs with a self-bleeding master cylinder at the front, while the rear gets a two-piston caliper mounted on a 245mm disc.
This is where a huge chunk of additions have taken place, making the new Panigale even more advanced and meaner. An interesting new addition are the four Power modes to choose from, namely Full, High, Medium, and Low. The Full mode allows you to explore the full potential of the motorcycle by not allowing any electronic intervention in the torque curves except in first gear. High and Medium modes receive a new ride-by-wire mapping system for all six gears, while the Low mode limits the power to 147bhp to improve usability in real-world conditions.
The new Panigale also makes use of the latest generation of a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), improving rider assistance features like cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and more.
In addition to the Power modes, the 2022 Ducati Panigale also receives four riding modes — Race A for experienced riders with maximum performance on offer, followed by Race B with a slightly reduced amount of torque. Then you have the Sport mode which activates the Slide by Brake function to enhance the cornering experience of the motorcycle, and lastly the Street mode which is suitable for daily road conditions.
Other important features of the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S include the revised 5-inch TFT screen with a new gear position indicator and a new Track Evo mode to optimize the display, followed by the Bosch Cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control, Ducati Power Launch, EVO 2 quickshifter, slide control, engine braking control, and auto tyre calibration among others.
The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S are eventually bound to come to India, but that is still a while away considering the international launch is yet to take place. However, Ducati just launched the Panigale V4 SP in India at a price of Rs 36 lakh, and when the 2022 models do make their way here, they will command a premium over 2021 models for all the extra kit they bring to the table.
The last episode of the Ducati World Premiere is nearing, where we will witness the unveiling of the long-awaited DesertX on December 9. To take a quick recap, we’ve seen the Multistrada V2 and V2S, the Scrambler 1100 TributePRO and Urban Motard, the Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, the Streetfighter V2, and now the Panigale V4 and V4 S. Stay tuned for the last episode of the Ducati World Premiere 2022 on December 9.