The twin-cylinder Panigale has been given a thorough makeover.Renamed the Panigale V2, it takes a totallynew design, it featuressophisticated electronicsbased on a 6-axis inertial platform and, thanks to amore comfortable rider seatand the suspension set-up, offers better yetsafer sports performancewhile makingroad riding more enjoyableand user-friendly than ever.
The name informs Ducati twin-cylinder enthusiasts that the bike is powered by the 955 cm³Superquadro.
The perfect fusion of power and elegance
Thenew Panigale V2Is abeefyyetcompactbike of essential design with clear-cut lines that convey power without compromisingclassic Ducati superbike flair.
The Panigale V2 features the single-sided aluminium swingarm, the hallmark of every high-end sports Ducati. The extensive fairing highlights the more compact twin-cylinder Superquadro engine (smaller in comparison to the Desmosedici Stradale), creating a bike that is visibly leaner and less intimidating than the Panigale V4.
Superquadro: The Ducati twin-cylinder
The 955 cm³ twin cylinder Superquadro engine complies with Euro 5 standards. Compared to the engine on the 959 Panigale it delivers an additional 5 hp and 2 Nm more of torque. it also featuresa new compact exhaust silencer, routed entirely underneath the engine.
With a maximum power of155 hp at 10,750 rpmand a torque of104 Nm at 9,000 rpm, this twin cylinder engine delivers power smoothly andenjoyablyon the road while remaining forceful - yet always under control - on the track.
Higher Performance: New injectors and inlet ducts
Performance enhancement largely stems from the new injectors (two per cylinder, one above and one below the butterfly, larger, and re-angled) and the new inlet ducts which, delivery rates remaining equal, lose less pressure than their predecessors, thus boosting intake efficiency. Oval throttle body dimensions remain unchanged with an equivalent diameter of 62 mm. Throttle bodies are controlled independently of each other via a full Ride by Wire system.
The new silencer has a new internal layout and, back pressure remaining equal, abates noise spikes more easily. This has led to a considerable reduction in silencer bulk. The new silencer also houses two larger. enhanced-impregnation catalytic converters that allow compliance with Euro 5 emissions standards.
On the Panigale V2 the engine acts as a stressed member of the frame. Set 90° apart, the cylinders are banked rearwards around the crankshaft axis, resulting in a 21° angle between front cylinder and horizontal plane. The two cylinder heads and aluminium top covers feature a ribbed design to reduce mechanical noise. The crankcases are vacuum die-cast using Vacural® technology to optimise weight saving and ensure consistent wall thickness and increased strength. Crankcase cover, clutch cover and sump are all made of die-cast aluminium.
The Superquadro engine uses brass bushings for the crankshaft, lubricated with pressurised oil via ducting inside the crankcase. This ensures efficient lubrication of the crankshaft and rapid oil recovery thanks to a lobe pump that - as on MotoGP racing engines - lowers the pressure in the connecting rod casing. Operated by a shaft, in turn driven by a gear train, the pump keeps the casing zone underneath the pistons in a controlled, constant low pressure state, thus reducing the resistance encountered by connecting rod rotation at high engine speeds and ensuring efficient oil recovery at all engine speeds.
The compression ratio is 12.5:1. The 955 cm³ displacement is obtained with a 60.8 mm stroke and 100 mm bore, measurements that flawlessly combine good handling and fluid power delivery. A 100 mm bore allows for large valve diameters: 41.8 mm for the intake and 34 mm for the exhaust. The valves are controlled by a Desmodromic system with racing-derived rocker arms, 'super-finished' and with a special DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) facing for reduced friction and increased fatigue strength.
Transmission features a six-speed gearbox with the Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO 2 system and an oil bathed clutch. The latter has an anti-patter and progressive self-servo mechanism that compresses the friction plates when under drive from the engine without any extra effort required from the rider to release the clutch.
More comfortable and safe
The Panigale V2 has revised ergonomics aimed atimproving comfort. Thenew seatallows for greater longitudinal movement of the rider and greater comfort thanks to the new foam that raises it by 5 mm. The position of the footpegs remains the same.
ThePanigale V2frame consists of a compact, enhanced-strength die-cast aluminium monocoque structure that uses the Superquadro engine as a stressed member.
Attached directly to the cylinder heads, the monocoque frame protrudes forward to house the steering head bearings, contained in two aluminium bushes. In addition to working as a frame, the monocoque also acts as an air-box; it contains not just the air filter but also the throttle bodies and the fuel circuit, complete with injectors, and is sealed off by the steel fuel tank bottom.
The front-end geometry has 24° of rake and 95 mm of trail. At the rear, instead, the double-sided swingarm has been replaced with a sophisticated, fully die-cast aluminium single-sided swingarm. The bike has a 1,436 mm wheelbase and weight distribution is 52% at the front and 48% at the rear.
The Panigale V2 features the 43 mm Showa BPF fork at the front, which provide full adjustability in spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. The Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) considerably improves damping control at low speed, ensuring lower-pressure oil feed and reducing the amount of fluid needed for compression and rebound adjustment. This results in improved suspension performance and significant weight savings compared to traditional fork types.
A Sachs steering damper completes the front-end package.The rear suspension features a fully adjustable, Sachs monoshock, which reacts to the motion imparted by the die-cast single-sided aluminium swingarm via progressive-rate linkage. The shock absorber is side mounted to make the unit fully accessible for rebound and compression damping and spring pre-load adjustments.
The Panigale V2 has fork slide out by 2 mm and a new shock absorber 2 mm longer that together with the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires make the bike more intuitive, agile and fun to ride, moreover a fine-tuning of the suspension hydraulic setting improve comfort in road use.