Ducati Streetfighter V2: A more affordable option
The long-anticipated Ducati Streetfighter V2 has finally emerged, along with a new V4 SP for 2022. Ducati bills the more approachable, entry-level V2 as an alternative to the Paningale V2, with the result being an “intuitive and easy-to-handle motorcycle.” At its heart, the 392 pound (dry weight) bike produces 153 horsepower and 74.8 lb-ft of torque. That’s not too shabby for a twin-cylinder unit.
The 955cc Superquadro engine makes peak power at a screaming 10,750 RPM, and peak torque at 9,000 RPM. Against the Paningale, the Streetfighter V2 uses a shorter final ratio — 15/45 versus 15/43 — to manage greater low-end torque to the wheel on the road and better responsiveness when opening the throttle. Nearly the entire braking system also comes from the Panigale V2, and includes Brembo M4-32 monobloc radial calipers with 12.6-inch discs. Again suiting its road-focused application, though, the Streetfighter gets less aggressive brake pads.
On the styling and practicality front, the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 gets 5-spoke wheels, as well as Pirello Diablo Rosso IV tires. While it loses its fairings like the Panigale, this model also gets a wider saddle, higher handlebars, repositioned footpegs and a longer swingarm to make it a more comfortable and stable platform on the road. The V2 also gets a 1.7-inch Showa BPF front fork and Sachs shock absorber with street-focused calibration, though Ducati does note their adjustability for the racetrack.
Pricing for the 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 starts off at $16,995.
Another fun side note if you weren’t already aware: Ducati says the V-shaped DRLs, as you’ll find on the Streetfighter lineup, is inspired by the Joker’s grin. The more you know, right?
The Streetfighter V4 SP sees some updates and gets lighter
It’s not necessarily an easy feat to make the V4 S any lighter, but the V4 SP manages to shave off 6.6 pounds among the host of improvements. That’s partially down to carbon wheels, which come in three pounds lighter than the ones found on the V4 S. Ducati says those lighter units reduce inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, making the bike more agile through corners. Up front, the more potent V4 SP gets Brembo Stylema R calipers, and the bike gets Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension.
The 1100cc, four-cylinder engine still puts out 208 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque, so the primary differences here come down to the weight loss and design updates.
Ducati dealers will have both the Streetfighter V4 SP and the Streetfighter V2 in stock in February 2022. If you’re aiming for the more powerful variant, though, prepare to set aside at least $35,500.
Check out more of TFLbike’s Ducati coverage in this Panigale V2 review below: