The twin-cylinder Panigale has a completely new look and refined electronics thanks to the use of the Inertial Platform, and is even better performing and safer on the track, not to mention fully exploitable and enjoyable on the road thanks to a more comfortable seat and revised suspension setup.
Its name lets the lovers of Borgo Panigale twin-cylinders know that the model is powered by the 955cc Superquadro
CHASSIS AND ERGONOMICS
MONOCOQUE FRAME: Attached directly to the cylinder heads, the monocoque frame protrudes forward to house the steering head bearings, contained in two aluminum 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.
FRONT-END GEOMETRY: 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 aluminum single-sided swingarm. The bike has a 1,436 mm wheelbase and weight distribution is 52% at the front and 48% at the rear.
SUSPENSIONS: 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.
WHEELS AND TIRES: The Panigale V2 has a 5-spoke, 3.5 inch wheel at the front and 5.5 inch wheel at the rear, both rolling on Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires: 120/70 ZR17 at the front and a nimble 180/60 x ZR17 at the rear. Pirelli's first multi-compound bike tire, the Diablo Rosso Corsa II combines racetrack performance with road versatility, making it just perfect for the Panigale V2.
4.3'' TFT DISPLAY: Instrumentation on the Panigale V2 features a 4.3" TFT display. Graphics and interface make menu browsing and adjustments easy while allowing more immediate identification of the selected Riding Mode. The Riding Mode interface clearly and immediately shows any changes being made to the settings. This is done thanks to the explanatory graphics of the system being adjusted and a graduated scale indicating whether the modification is better suited to performance or safety/stability.
ELECTRONIC CONTROLS: The comprehensive and modern electronic equipment, based on the 6-axis inertial platform, leaves no doubt that the Panigale V2 possesses the DNA of the high-end sports bike. The new electronics package raises active safety and dynamic control standards by adding the cornering function to the ABS, upgrading the quickshift so it now covers down-changes and including traction control, engine brake control and wheelie control. As you'd expect, all controls are incorporated in the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street) and can be adjusted via the new 4.3" color TFT dashboard. Featuring a user-friendly graphic interface browsing menus, adjusting settings and identifying the selected Riding Mode couldn't be easier.
HEADLIGHT, TAIL LIGHT AND INDICATORS: The front headlight assembly is extremely compact thanks to the adoption of two small LED low beam / high beam modules. The Daytime Running Light and the upper rim of the dual headlight assembly create a 'browed' look, the modern hallmark of Ducati sports bikes. At the rear, instead, the full-LED tail light features a two-part design as per Ducati sports tradition. The dual red arch of the side light makes the Panigale V2 both unique and assertive. Front and rear LED indicators complete the lighting system.
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. Intake ducts, with the same flow rate, have a lower pressure drop than their predecessors, improving intake efficiency.
COMPACT SILENCER: The new silencer has a new internal layout and, back pressure remaining equal, abates noise spikes more easily.
90° CYLINDERS: 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 aluminum 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 aluminum.
TRANSMISSION: 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. It allows the load on the plates to be increased without penalizing the effort at the lever required of the rider to disengage the clutch.