BH CORRESPONDENT, Italy: With the Superleggera V4, Ducati fulfils the dream of pushing back the limits of engineering, attention to detail and motorcycle design, with a project that represents the Bolognese company’s greatest masterpiece in terms of engineering, performance and design.
The uniquely engineered Superleggera V4 is the world’s first production motorcycle which has its entire load-bearing structure crafted from carbon fibre, including the frame, subframe, wheels, and the single-sided swing-arm.
Other features include sharp aerodynamic carbon fibre wings on the fairings that deliver 50kg of downforce at 270 km/h that helps improve stability in high-speed corners while also reducing the likelihood of the front wheel lifting off the ground under heavy acceleration.
With dry weight of 159 kg in standard form or 152.2 kg with the optional Racing Kit, it comfortably boasts of being the best power-to-weight ratio of any street-legal motorcycle.
Suspension duties of this superbike have been given to Ohlins which uses a titanium shock absorber and GP-derived valves that improve the damping during the initial compression stage. There are also large Brembo brakes with specially billeted aluminium radiator cap and a new ignition key with the chassis number of each bike etched.
Beneath the carbon composite skin is the Desmosedici Stradale R engine, which is lighter and more powerful than before. The 998cc 90° V4 weighs 2.8 kg less than the 1,103 cc V4 and comes with type-approved Akrapovič exhaust to delivers no less than 224 CV in road-legal configuration (EU homologation figures). That figure rises to 234 CV when fitted with the titanium Akrapovič exhaust for track use, which is included in the Racing Kit supplied with the bike.
For the rider, there are three pre-programmed Riding Modes — Race A, Race B and Sport and for the very first time five additional Riding Modes that can be personalised with the rider’s preferred settings. Riders can monitor lap times via the upgraded Lap Timer, which can record finish line and split times coordinates for five favourite circuits.
Deliveries are planned for June 2020 in Europe and elsewhere. And given the extreme complexity of the production, only 5 bikes per day are being produced. All the bikes will be produced within 2020 promises Ducati.