last fall, Ducati unveiled nine new models during a series of “World Premiere” online events. It’s an impressive list of new models, but it looks like Ducati isn’t done yet, announcing three more presentations to come, on February 17, March 3 and March 10.
Ducati hasn’t offered any clues as to what to expect from the three world premieres, or even how many models will be part of each installment. Moto.com can confirm that two of the models will be a new one Panigale V4 R and one Panigale V4 SP2. The proof comes from Ducati itself, or more precisely, from the owner’s manual download page on the official Ducati website. Although the manuals themselves are not available, the selection menus include options for a 2022 Panigale V4 R and a 2022 Panigale V4 SP.
The Panigale V4 R is a complete production model with a 998cc version of the Desmosedici Stradale engine, making it eligible for superbike racing classes. It was last offered as a 2020 model and is still eligible to race in World Superbike, but is due for an update.
We haven’t been able to verify details of a new V4 R, but expect updates along the lines of what Ducati has given the 2022 Panigale V4 and V4 S. This will likely include new bodywork, reshaped aero fins and possibly engine upgrades. An updated gearbox could also be in the works, and there’s speculation online that Ducati could upgrade to a double-sided swingarm.
We have more information on a Panigale V4 SP2. the Panigale V4 SP, if you recall, was a numbered production model based on the V4 S and inheriting features from the Superleggera V4 such as its carbon fiber wheels, dry clutch and upgraded Brembo brakes. SP2 will feature some of these upgrades, as well as the recent V4 S updates.
For further proof, a comparative data sheet of the Panigale V2 and V4 models on Ducati Austria website was recently updated to replace “V4 SP” with “V4 SP2”. We know these specs are for the 2022 as the recent update increased the claimed power output of the Panigale V4 up to 215.5hp from the previous 214hp.
The full spec sheet seems to verify other V4 SP2-specific details such as Brembo Stylema R calipers, a dry clutch, carbon wheels, an adjustable Öhlins steering damper and numerous carbon components.
Regarding the name, the Panigale V4 SP2 follows the pattern established by the Ducati 851 which saw its similar nomenclature for its SP (Sport Performance) models. In 1990 Ducati followed the 851 SP with an 851 SP2 (which introduced a displacement increase from 851cc to 888cc).
The 2022 Panigale V4 R and V4 SP2 will feature at least one, if not two, episodes of Ducati’s world premiere. We suspect that one of the other episodes could be dedicated to an electric model.
Evidence for this theory comes to us via the vehicle identification number decoder filings that Ducati submitted to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The VIN decoder, filed last September, lists models from 2017 to 2022 including several project code names.
Some of these codenames represented models that Ducati introduced in its first round of World Firsts, such as the Streetfighter V2, which was not listed by trade name on the VIN decoder. Ducati projects are usually given four-digit numbers, but one name stands out here: the V20E project.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because it sounds like “V21L”, the code name given to Ducati’s MotoE prototype electric racing bike. A track-only prototype doesn’t need a VIN, so it’s possible the V20E project codename is for a production electric streetbike. Ducati has previously stated that the objective of its participation in MotoE is to “create, as soon as technology permits, a Ducati electric vehicle for road use that is sporty, light, exciting and capable of satisfying all enthusiasts”. The wording sounded like a Ducati electric streetbike was still a few years away, but the mention of a V20E project in the VIN decoder suggests it could be coming sooner than expected.
We’ll find out more when the next Ducati World Premiere releases on February 17, and on subsequent episodes on March 3 and 10.
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Ducati World Première 2022 Web Series: three new appointments with the novelties that complete the Ducati range
- The Ducati World Première web series continues from February 17 with three new presentations that will complete the Ducati range for 2022
- Ducati has already unveiled 9 new models to the public: Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary, Multistrada V2, Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO, Multistrada V4 Pikes Peak, Streetfighter V2, Streetfighter V4 SP, Panigale V4 2022 and DesertX
- The new episodes of the web series will be visible on the dedicated page of the Ducati.com website and on YouTube, where a “Best of” video of the episodes already published is available.
Borgo Panigale, Bologna, February 11, 2022 – Ducati announces the dates of three new events in the Ducati World Première 2022 web series. The episodes with which the Bologna-based motorcycle manufacturer will complete the presentation of its 2022 model range will be published on Thursday February 17, Thursday March 3 and Thursday March 10 at 4:00 p.m. (CET) on Ducati.com and on the Ducati YouTube channel.
In July 2021, the special episode dedicated to the Panigale V2 Bayliss 1st Championship 20th Anniversary was the beginning of a journey made up of seven exciting episodes, which made motorcyclists all over the world dream, until the culminating moment with the presentation of the long-awaited DesertX : the bike created to enhance the thrill of adventure without setting limits.
In the first part of the 2022 web series, Ducati presented 9 models: in addition to those already mentioned, the novelties of the range are the Multiroute V2the Ducati Scrambler Urban Biker and 1100 Tribute PROthe Multistrada V4 pike pickthe Street Fighter V2the Street Fighter V4 SP and the Panigale V4 2022. All these new models can already be ordered through the Ducati dealer network.
This mode of online presentation, introduced from 2021, is part of the digital project with which Ducati is experimenting with new forms of interaction with the public all over the world. The episodes were made available with subtitles in 6 languages (Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese) and in the period from September to December they generated approximately 5 million sessions on the Ducati website and more than 80 million impressions on the various social networks channels of the Bologna-based motorcycle company.
Patrizia Cianetti, Ducati Marketing and Communication Director: “Authenticity is one of the essential characteristics of the Ducati brand. It is for this reason that the protagonists of the presentation videos of the new models in the range are precisely the people who think, design, design and test these models here at Borgo Panigale. We are convinced that no one else could present the details of Ducati projects better than those who work on them with dedication and passion throughout the year. The Ducati World Première web series, harnessing the power of digital channels, allows us to reach the great Ducatisti community around the world, creating new opportunities for interaction and dialogue and overcoming the geographic and organizational barriers that have remained so relevant. These last months.”
The three new episodes of the web series will be visible on the dedicated page of the Ducati.com website and on the Ducati YouTube channel, where video “Ducati World Premiere 2022 – Best of” is also available: special content which is a compilation of the best moments of the episodes already published (find the direct link here).
Below is the calendar with the three new appointments of the Ducati World Première 2022 web series:
February 17, 2022: Ducati World Premiere – Episode 7
March 3, 2022: Ducati World Premiere – Episode 8
March 10, 2022: Ducati World Premiere – Episode 9
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