Panigale V4 SP
Ducati updated both the Panigale V4 lineup, and the SuperSport 950 for 2021. The most notable update to Ducati’s V4 is the new V4 SP (Sport Production). The SP uses the same 214 horsepower, 90 degree V4 and Ohlins suspension as the V4 S. To differentiate it, Ducati fitted the SP with components from the Superleggera V4, thus shaving additional weight.
The Panigale V4 SP sheds 1.4 kilograms of unsprung weight by running the Superleggera’s carbon wheels. The Superleggera also donated its Brembo Stylema R brakes for better track performance. The SP gets a couple of powertrain upgrades as well.
The SP uses a dry clutch and a lighter, 520 pitch chain to further push the limits of the track-focused motorcycle. To keep riders as comfortable as possible, Ducati fitted adjustable footpegs made from billet aluminum.
Ducati will offer additional features and accessories for track riders to personalize their bikes. One such feature is the Ducati Data Analyzer which allows riders to measure and track their lap times. Ducati is also offering an open clutch cover, and caps to delete mirrors and the license plate holder without leaving the bike looking unfinished.
Panigale V4/V4 S
The V4 and V4 S Panigales receive an updated traction control system. The new TCS modulates torque as you accelerate out of corners to ease controllability. The V4 retains its street and sport riding modes, but Ducati has fitted an additional track mode.
Race Mode A delivers full power for the highest performance possible. Race Mode B will modulate torque and make the ride overall easier. The Panigale’s ride modes adjust the engine and electronics and the V4, and additionally the suspension on the V4 S and SP.
The 110 horsepower SuperSport 950 has also received updates for the new model year. Though the power figure is unchanged, Ducati has updated the SuperSport’s fairings. The new styling takes cues from the bigger, badder Panigale V4. Around front sits full LED headlights, which also take their design cues from the Panigale.
The 4.3″ TFT display links riders to the bike’s electronics suite. Using a Bosch 6-axis sensor, the SuperSport offers wheelie control, Traction control, and cornering ABS. Ducati Quick Shift EVO up/down is standard on both the SuperSport 950 and 950 S.
What makes the S version unique are its Ohlins suspension and passenger seat cover. Both SuperSports can be had with either a Sport or Touring Package in addition.
The Sport Package comes with a carbon mudguard and tank protector, and an Akrapovic exhaust silencer. The Touring Package includes heated grips, a larger, smoked windshield, and color matched side bags.
The Ducati V4 and V4 S will be available in December, and the V4 SP in March. The SuperSport models will arrive in dealerships this upcoming February, though there is no word yet on pricing for any of the new SuperSport and Panigale V4 models.