For 2022, Ducati has updated the flagship Panigale V4 to be faster, but at the same time easier to ride.
The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 gets faster on the track, more manageable for everyday use
Ducati has introduced a refined and more updated version of its flagship superbike in the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4. With a number of improvements to the new Panigale V4, Ducati says the superbike is now easier to ride, and faster on the racetrack, with a slight bump in peak power. Visually, the differences are minor, but can be distinguished by the new winglet shape, which is smaller but produces 30 kg of downforce at 270 kmph as before. The bellypan has two air slits on either side, as well as a series of slits at the bottom of the bellypan, which are said to aid better heat transfer to the cooling system.
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The Desmosedici Stradale engine, a 1,103 cc V4 unit, now gets a new oil circuit and larger exhaust outlet, resulting in a small increase in peak power, from 1.5 bhp at 13,000 rpm to 212 bhp at 124 Nm . The first, second and sixth gears have been lengthened, to provide more flexibility in low-speed corners as well as increased top speed. The taller gearing should help give the power distribution a bit more rest in second gear. The size of the exhaust outlets has been increased by 18 percent, and a new engine calibration has been introduced for 2022.
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The curb weight has been reduced to 195.5 kg, and a few more bodywork changes have been introduced. The shape and material of the new fuel tank is said to make the bike easier to grip during braking and turning, and a new seat will make the 2022 Panigale V4 more rider-friendly and less tiresome to ride. An aftermarket Akrapovic race exhaust increases the peak horsepower count to 225 bhp, while also reducing the weight by 5 kg.
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The suspension of the Panigale V4 remains unchanged from 2021, with a fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston fork. On the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 S, the new Ohlins NPX 25/30 Semi-Active forks have 5mm more travel, with a total of 125mm of travel, which is said to improve the front-end feel, and turn Time gives better stability. Derived from Ohlins’ Racing Forks, the NPX 25/30 uses a new pressurized cartridge damping system that Ducati says has increased braking support, improved collision absorption and increased response to demanding braking sections on the track. The rear suspension is unchanged, except for a 4mm higher pivot point for the swingarm, which is said to enhance the anti-squat effect under power.
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The 5-inch TFT instrument console has been redesigned, with two LED shifter lights on the top of the unit, and the digital layout has also been changed to make the information easier to read. The new MotoGP inspired set-up moves the tachometer to a horizontal scale at the top of the screen, while the selected gear takes center stage. On the right side of the screen are four colored panels, each referring to a dedicated safety function such as ABS level, or traction control, which illuminate when called.
The 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 continues to use a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which includes cornering ABS, traction control, slide control, wheelie control, engine brake control and up/down quickshifter. The updated 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 and Panigale V4S will be available internationally from December 2021, with India’s debut expected early next year.
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