When you think about premium, top-of-the-line motorcycles that are all about performance, chances are Ducati is one of the first companies that comes to mind. With a rich history centered around racing, the House of Borgo Panigale—as it’s fondly called—has had quite a stellar fleet of supersport bikes over the years.
Last year, Ducati unveiled their most powerful, sophisticated, and technologically advanced motorcycle to date: the Superleggera V4. What was essentially a MotoGP bike fitted with a set of lights for street use, the Superleggera V4 is in a class of its own when it comes to sheer performance. In the global market, the bike sells for $100,000, or the equivalent of around P5-million. That is, of course, if you can get your hands on one of the 500 bikes ever made. For the 2021 model-year, Ducati Philippines is introducing the latest iteration of the Superleggera at an eye-watering P8-million.
The outgoing 2020 Superleggera carries an already astronomical price tag of P7.5-million. Let’s take a closer look at the new and improved Superleggera V4. For starters, this ultra-expensive toy boasts a whopping 224 horsepower. Equipped with a 998cc V4 engine, it comes with a slew of cutting-edge tech features such as electronic wheelie control, various ride modes, cornering ABS, and launch control. The powerful engine is equipped with Ducati’s iconic Desmodromic Valve system—a feature found in nearly every Ducati.
It’s interesting to note that the Ducati Superleggera V4 is the only street-legal motorcycle in the world to boast a full-carbon fiber chassis. While other high-performance machines make use of several types of alloys and composites, Ducati is the first to make use of such a robust, yet lightweight material. This drops the bike’s overall weight to a stunning 156 kilograms—unbelievably light, considering the bike’s power output.