You’ve probably heard murmurings from last weekend’s Ducati Panigale V4 world press launch in Valencia, although you probably haven’t heard about a few of us taking some rental bikes (Valencia’s equivalent of Boris Bikes) and riding them down steps and swapping brake cables and basically imitating Mat Hoffman.
Anyway, I digress. Rarely has a brand-new motorcycle received such unanimous praise and consequent torrent of superlatives, and its sexy Italian lineage, £24,000 price tag and enough in the electronics suite to worry a high street store have nothing to do with it.
Honda’s original FireBlade. The 1998 Yamaha R1. Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 K5. The original BMW S 1000 RR. Every now and then, a bike will come along and raise the imaginary bar. Sure, the Panigale V4 still has two wheels and nothing truly innovative is mentioned in its tech spec, but there’s something intrinsically special about the Panigale V4, therefore deserving bar-raising status of the aforementioned quartet. Yes. It really is that special.
Does it boil your spuds like the 1299? Difficult to confirm, as we didn’t encounter any urban environments on the launch and my spuds felt all warm and lovely, but never seared. Hopefully we answered most of your questions in this video, although I get round to replying to some of the more obscure enquiries.
Sit back, relax and enjoy our Ducati Panigale V4 Review