Because of its identical headlamp clusters, body panels, and single-sided swingarm, distinguishing the Ducati Streetfighter V2 from the top-of-the-line Streetfighter V4 may be difficult. Most can tell them apart by looking underneath the bike at the headers, as well as by the stealthy 2021 Streetfighter V4 and 2022 Streetfighter V4 SP liveries. Meanwhile, the new 2023 Streetfighter V2's brand new Storm Green color scheme gives the baby Streetfighter a more unique look.
To some, the new color choice may appear to be the normal fatigue green tint, but the matte metallic tone was chosen with care by Ducati's Centro Stile. The metallic grain, according to the Bologna business, "creates a highly visible play of contrasts," while the matte finish complements "the chromatic context of the mechanical parts." Of course, in true Ducati fashion, a splash of red on the rims harkens back to the brand's performance-oriented origins.
Aside from the bold new paint job, the Streetfighter V2 has the same road-focused ergonomics package and design. In comparison to the Panigale V2, the Streetfighter's mid-rise handlbars ease wrist pressure, while the longer, broader saddle and lower footpegs emphasise comfort, as opposed to full-blown race ergonomics. The 955cc liquid-cooled, Desmodromic Superquadro V2 engine continues, producing 153 horsepower at 10,750 rpm, and 107 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. A lower final drive ratio of 15/45 delivers more torque to the back wheel while enhancing throttle response.
For maximum weight savings, the aluminum monocoque chassis attaches directly to the high-performance L-twin, and a Sachs rear monoshock joins the innovative chassis to the single-sided swingarm. A 43mm Showa BPF fork and Sachs steering damper up front provide quickness and stability, and the Diablo Rosso IV tires provide nearly unending amounts of dry grip. The chassis is completed with a top-of-the-line Brembo brake system accentuated by twin Brembo M4.32 monobloc radial calipers.