As soon as Italy started easing their restrictions on movement and slowly woke up their economy, Ducati wasted no time when they reopened their Borgo Panigale plant. Slated to be the lightest and fastest V4 motorcycle that Ducati has ever produced, the first order of business was to get back on track and on schedule with the release of its Superleggera V4. Now, its first Superleggera has just rolled out of their Borgo Panigale plant.
The Superleggera V4, which translates to superlight in Italian, is a masterpiece of mechanical engineering and is considered the only motorcycle in the world that has been approved for road use with a frame, swingarm, and rims made out of carbon fiber which sets a new benchmark for performance, style, and attention to detail. This makes it 16 kg lighter than a standard 2020 Panigale V4. Only 500 of these machines will be rolling out of Ducati’s factories and each will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity with the number of the unit out of 500 shown in the chassis number, its steering head’s triple tree, and its ignition key.
Each Superleggera V4 comes with an exclusive racing kit that instantly converts it into a beast of a track bike. The racing kit includes a complete titanium Akrapovič exhaust for track use; an open clutch cover in carbon fiber; carbon fiber swingarm cover with a titanium slider; headlamp and light replacement kit; a license plate holder removal kit; side stand removal kit; mirror replacement billet aluminum caps; Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS (DDA+GPS); racing fuel cap; brake lever protector; motorcycle cover; front and rear stand; and a battery charger. When fitted with the racing kit, its power output increases from 224 hp to 234 hp. In other words, this Italian diva will be spoiled with all the racing goodies you’ll need to tear up corners in the track and smash lap times.
Its aerodynamic biplane appendages, or winglets if you may, are inspired by Ducati’s 2016 MotoGP bike that gives you a vertical load of 50 kg of downforce once you hit speeds of 270 km/h. That’s 20 kg more than the wings of the new Panigale V4 and V4S can give. The engine recalibration for its Akrapovič racing exhaust allows it to be displayed on its “RaceGP” dashboard, which is intended purely for circuit use. Meanwhile, the Superleggera V4 comes with three reprogrammed Riding Modes namely, Race A, Race B, and Sport, with space for five customizable Riding Modes unique to your own settings and preference. Its full-color TFT interface also comes with a GPS coordinated lap timer that allows you to store the coordinates of the finish line and the split times of five of your favorite circuits.
The Superleggera will be delivered to each of its owners in a specially made wooden crate for its transport. Its owners would also receive a Superleggera V4 1:10 scale sculpture with the corresponding motorbike number. Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO invited the first of the lucky owners of the Superleggera to their Borgo Panigale plant for a delivery ceremony.