The beating heart of the Panigale V4 R is the Desmosedici Stradale R engine: a 998cc V4 that produces 221 horsepower and 91 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are already incredible, but that’s for the bike wearing street legal trim.
If you opt for the Racing Kit extras, those figures improve considerably. With the addition of an Akrapovic racing exhaust, the peak power jumps to a fearsome 234 horses at 15,500 rpm. All in a package that weighs only 365 lbs.
To makes things even better, the Panigale V$ R features advanced aerodynamics in the form of a protective windscreen, a headlight fairing, air extractors, and MotoGP-derived winglets that increase stability and boost rider confidence.
The chassis has also been tweaked for improved performance, with a Ducati Corse front frame section that has been optimized for racing, working in partnership with a number of Öhlins products, from the forks to a mechanical steering damper to provide surgical handling.
Naturally, the 2020 Panigale V4 R boasts a cutting edge electronics suite that’s governed by a 6-axis IMU. The electronics package has everything a rider would need for every day riding to track day essentials.