This year’s Bangkok International Motor Show is one of the only major motorcycle shows that actually pushed through this year, and while other major motorcycle brands have already announced its canceled participation from major motor shows, Ducati was still present in Bangkok. Ducati didn’t shy away from announcing its latest motorcycle updates for 2020 with the Panigale V4, and its Diavel 1260.
The Panigale V4 gets some brand new refinements to make it even faster, more user-friendly, and less tiring to ride. The Panigale’s updates were based on feedback and data received from loyal Ducati customers and racers from all over the world including learnings from the track in Superbike World Championship (WSBK) events. The 2020 Panigale V4 now gets some aerodynamic, chassis, electronic control, and ride-by-wire mapping changes with updates once exclusive to the V4 R and the Superleggera.
It now gets the same aero pack seen in the V4 R which includes aerofoils, its Plexiglass screen, nose fairing, and larger lateral fairings. It also gets more efficient side vents for better airflow through its radiator. In effect, this aero package gives the rider better airflow protection and improves overall stability over the vehicle enhancing the rider’s confidence to push the bike even harder. The new Panigale V4’s modified front frame has now given even more stiffness to give the rider even better feel even at extreme lean angles. In addition, it now comes standard with Marchesini front and rear rims.
Its slew of tech and electronics now comes with a new ‘predictive’ program, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2 which gives a significant improvement on corner exit power control. The Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2 now shortens up-shift times to deliver even sportier high-rev gear shifts for up to 10,000 RPM while at the same time, boosting shift stability during aggressive acceleration and cornering. Its ride-by-wire system mapping has also been updated with several selectable torque delivery control logics.
The Panigale V4 is powered by a 1,103 cc Demosedici Stradale engine with a MotoGP-derived 90 degree V4 Desmodromic timing with a counter-rotating crankshaft and Twin Pulse firing order. It is capable of churning out 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and 123.5 Nm of torque at 10,000 RPM.
Meanwhile the Diavel 1260, Ducatis cruiser offering now gets a new color option. It can now be had in the brand's signature red color making it more identifiable as a true Ducati. Before its new color option update, the Diavel 1260 was exclusively offered in black.