Ducati has been teasing us since June this year with promo videos and sneak peeks of Carlin Dunne tearing up the “Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb”. For us Streetfighter nuts, it has been a taunting wait, but Ducati has decided to end our suffering today at the “Tokyo Motor Show”. Mamma mia! Ducati has unleashed two truly unrivalled naked variants, jam-packed with cutting-edge technology and a breathtaking design that oozes pure performance.
The Streetfighter V4 is catapulted, out of the starting blocks, by a 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine. This astonishing MotoGP-derived engine delivers 208 hp at 12,750 rpm and has a max torque output of 123 Nm at 11,500 rpm, which is the same as its fully dressed brother, the Panigale V4.
An already unrivalled power level, within the naked segment, can be further improved by fitting Ducati’s Performance exhaust by Akrapovič. This upgrade increases both power and torque to 220 hp and 130 Nm.
Ducati is also proud to mention that they’ve been able to provide longer maintenance intervals with the new V4 motor. Valve play adjustment (Desmo Service) is required every 24,000 km; services are performed every 12,000 km/12 months.
Ducati have gone back to the days of old when a Streetfighter was a stripped-down Superbike. There is no denying that the Streetfighter V4 is a stripped-down V4 Panigale and Ducati planned it to be that way right from the very beginning. Fairings off, wide handlebars on and off we go.
I was quite happy to see a new minimalistic V-shaped DRL headlight, opposed to the original 848 Streetfighters diamond-shaped headlight. A Streetfighter needs an aggressive appearance, which this new model has and boy does it scare you in a good way.
Ducati have cleverly placed two “Corse biplane wings” on either side of the radiator to increase downforce at high speeds as well as to increase cornering speed and front end grip. For the majority of us who ride our Streetfighters in the urban environment, it will increase bragging rights at our local meetups.
As for the tank, the lower section of the tank has been modified to allow room for a thicker and softer seat to boost rider comfort. You still get that sexy tailpiece with those infamous aero holes on either side of the seat as well as a wider and softer pillion seat.
The Streetfighter V4 comes equipped with the powerful Brembo Stylema® monobloc calipers, a level higher than the already high performing M50 calipers. You also get the “Ducati Cornering EVO”, which is an ABS system that allows you to select between three different levels.
The Streetfighter V4 is ready to steer into any bend with it’s 43 mm Showa big piston forks, Sachs steering damper and a fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber. The Streetfighter V4 S is even more prepared, with an Öhlins NIX-30 fork, an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and an Öhlins event-based steering damper.
Electronics / TFT
The Streetfighter V4 has the same second-generation, 5″ full-TFT high-resolution colour instrumentation as with the V4 Panigale. With the Streetfighter weighing only 178kg, Ducati thought it would be clever to throw all the electronics they could at both the Streetfighter V4 and V4 S. Here is a list of what you get:
- ABS Cornering EVO
- Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2
- Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
- Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
- Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
- Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2
- Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO
- Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO
The Streetfighter V4 and V4 S both come out in one colour and that being Ducati red with a dark grey frame and black wheels. There is no denying that Ducati has really built a show stopper for 2020 and at the same time a class leader. Ducati’s passion is ever so present in the making of this Streetfighter V4 and with that being said, I may need to ask our “Editor in Chief” for a pay increase and at the same time, make some space in my garage as I really have the “Hots” for this bike.
Availability and pricing of the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 into South Africa is yet to be confirmed, as soon as we get confirmation from Ducati South Africa, we will update you.