Ducati has come out firing on all cylinders after a two-month factory closure and is about to start of production of their fastest bike yet, the Superleggera V4.
The 167kW (224hp) Superleggera V4 was unveiled in February just before the pandemic shut down the factory and put the project on ice.
Now Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali has tweeted that their fastest and lightest bike yet is about to hit the production line:
The third week after the restart is nearly complete. Dreams are becoming reality: this is the first unit of preproduction of the Superleggera, that is now ready to move into the final stages of quality control. No other street homologated motorcycle comes close the Superleggera: 224HP and a dry weight of 159 kilograms. This bike is a true dream for every passionate motorcyclist.
First Ducati Superleggera V4 pre-production bike rolls off the assembly line
Superleggera: fast, light and sexy
The super-sexy bike is wrapped in exposed carbon-fibre and other exotic materials with a Desmosedici GP19-inspired livery and is limited to 500 numbered units.
There is no price tag yet announced. But as they say, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.
Owners will also receive the opportunity to ride the Panigale V4 R that competes in the World Superbike Championship, while 30 Superleggera V4 owners will get to ride the
Desmosedici GP20 used by Dovizioso and Petrucci with support of Ducati Corse technicians.
They can also buy a Dainese leather suit with integrated air-bag and a carbonfibre helmet from Arai which were specifically designed for the Superleggera V4 and incorporate the colours and graphics.
The Superleggera is the only street-legal motorcycle that features a carbon fibre chassis, swingarm and wheels.
Powered by a 998 cm3 90° V4 and accompanied by biplane wings and extreme aerodynamics, the Superleggera V4 offers a power-to-weight ratio of 1.54hp/kg in racing kit configuration.
Alessandro Valia, official Ducati test rider, took the Superleggera V4 that was fitted with the racing kit and slick tires to complete a lap of the Mugello circuit.
His time was 1:52:45 which is two seconds faster than Michele Pirro set on the V4 R SBK in the 2019 Italian Motorspeed Championship (CIV).
Supergeleggera V4 videos
You can check out these videos showing all aspects of the Ducati Superleggera V4 Model (if viewing on mobile, touch the video to isolate it, then turn your phone sideways to get the full width):
Ducati Panigale V4R
Meanwhile, Ducati has released its racing accessory package for the Panigale V4.
The Racing accessories package for the Panigale V4 includes: complete exhaust system, lower and upper racing fairings, oversized headlight fairing, swingarm cover, carbon protection for generator cover, mirror hole covers, license plate holder removal set, frame cover set, carbon chain guard, brake lever protection, brake lever protection adapter, side stickers for tank.