The twin-cylinder Panigale has been given a thorough makeover. Renamed the Panigale V2, it takes a totally new design, it features sophisticated electronics based on a 6-axis inertial platform and, thanks to a more comfortable rider seat and the suspension set-up, offers better yet safer sports performance while making road riding more enjoyable and user-friendly than ever. The name informs Ducati twin-cylinder enthusiasts that the bike is powered by the 955 cm³ Superquadro.
The extensive fairing gently embraces the monocoque frame, highlighting the compactness of the Superquadro twin-cylinder engine to create a bike that is visually more compressed and less intimidating than the Panigale V4. Another key part of the Panigale V2 look is the single-sided swingarm and the new exhaust with extremely compact under-engine silencer and single-side end pipe. The clean lines typical of Ducati superbikes are enhanced by the traditional Ducati Red livery and black wheels.
The Panigale V2 thanks to chassis modifications combined with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso CorsaII tires is more intuitive, agile and fun to ride, moreover a fine-tuning of the suspension hydraulic setting improve comfort in road use. Now Euro 5 compliant, the 955 cm³ Superquadro engine delivers even more power (+5 hp) and torque (+2 Nm). With a maximum power of 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm, the Superquadro Euro 5 remains true to its nature: as user-friendly on the road as it is powerful yet always under control on the track. Valve play checks every 24,000 km and services every 12,000 km or 12 months.
Not even the comprehensive, cutting-edge electronics package -based on the 6-axis inertial platform -leaves the rider in any doubt that the Panigale V2 has thoroughbred sports blood running through its veins. The new electronics package raises active safety and dynamic control standards by adding the cornering function to the ABS, upgrading the quickshift so it now covers down-changes and including traction control, engine brake control and wheelie control.
As you'd expect, all controls are incorporated in the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street) and can be adjusted via the new 4.3" colour TFT dashboard. Featuring a user-friendly graphic interface browsing menus, adjusting settings and identifying the selected Riding Mode couldn't be easier.