The Ducati World Premiere 2022 can be considered over with the launch of the Panigale V4 SP2, a machine that is completely focused on track use.
After the R version (homologation model for the World Superbike Championship), the V4 SP2 is the most sporty version of the Panigale V4.
The 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine is the heart of this Panigale V4 SP2. This V4 power unit has a contra-rotating crankshaft, which provides a lot of torque at low revs.
The introduction of new technical elements resulted in increased power and improved throttle response. Thanks to these interventions and a dedicated engine mapping, the Euro 5 version of this power unit now produces 215.5 hp (at 13,000 rpm).
That is 1.5 horsepower more than the 2021 version of the Panigale V4.
If you have some extra money to spend, you can also exchange the original exhaust for a full titanium example from the Ducati Performance catalog. With this racing exhaust, which was developed in collaboration with Akrapovic, you save 5 kg in weight.
This means that the dry weight of the Panigale V4 SP2 is only 168 kg. In addition, this intervention also entails a power increase of 12.5 hp. This means that the maximum power is 228 hp, while the torque rises to 131 Nm.
The SP2 version has a powerful braking system, lightweight carbon fiber wheels and, like the WorldSBK version of the Panigale, a dry disc clutch.
The transmission is optimized with a 520 pitch chain and the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which act as a counterpoint to the optimization of the primary ratios already carried out on the V4S model.
The braking system sees the arrival of Brembo Stylema R brake calipers , controlled by the Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) radial pump with wheelbase adjustment to values of 19, 20 and 21 millimeters to customize the braking feeling.
The brake and clutch levers are discharged with slots to avoid the load due to aerodynamic pressure.
The electronics have been updated with new dedicated torque curves gear by gear and four different power modes and the dashboard with the new racing display that simplifies tuning the settings.
Furthermore, the final drive is identical, the SP2 has racing footpegs and a number of carbon fiber components.
You can recognize the SP2 externally by the Winter Test livery, Matte black fairings, matte finishes and the double-profile aerodynamic fins dominate the looks together with lots of carbon goodies.
If you go into more detail, you'll also see lightweight carbon rims, a final drive and dry clutch from WorldSBK engines and racing Rizoma footpegs in anodized aluminum with carbon fiber heel guards and grip surface to increase the light on the ground and the grip of the boots in body riding.
The Panigale also comes with a circuit kit, consisting of billet aluminum covers for removing the rear-view mirrors, a kit for removing the license plate holder and an open carbon clutch cover.