As promised, Ducati have officially unveiled the new 16-valve, DOHC, 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine at Misano.
“It’s with undiluted pride that we unveil this technological gem. It represents the start of a new chapter for our company, underlining our vitality and an unshakeable commitment to investment in new products”, said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO, during the presentation. “This engine also highlights the close collaboration between Ducati Corse and the factory bike development team, proving just how instrumental racing can be in developing the technology that is later applied on production bikes. In November, at EICMA, we’ll be showcasing the new Panigale V4, an all-new motorcycle powered by this extraordinary engine.”
The Bologna brand chose to reveal the mill during the MotoGP stop at Misano to emphasize the fact that much of the Stradale’s development has been drawn from the experience gained utilizing a V4 in top-tier competition. Elements such as its 81mm bore, 70-degree offset crank pins, “Big Bang” firing sequence, counter-rotating crankshaft and position within the frame (front cylinders banked 42-degrees back from horizontal) all mimic the Desmosedici GP design.
It’s claimed to produce 210 horsepower at 13,000 rpm and more than 88 lb-ft of torque starting at 8750 rpm and holding through to 12,250 rpm.
Other touches of note include variable-height air intake horns, four 52mm equivalent oval throttle bodies and semi-dry sump lubrication with four oil pumps, one for delivery and three for return.
As if that weren’t enough, Ducati also promises a higher-revving, track-use intended R version with displacement just under 1000cc, to serve as the homologation foundation for a Superbike update in 2019.
Ducati will debut the new V4 Panigale on November 5 at the EIMCA show in Milan.
Technical data and video below are provided courtesy of Ducati.
Main technical data:
• 1,103 cm³ 4-cylinder 90-degree V
• Bore x stroke 81 x 53.5 mm
• Compression ratio 14:1
• Maximum power exceeds 210 hp at 13,000 rpm
• Maximum torque exceeds 120 Nm from 8,750 to 12,250 rpm
• Counter-rotating crankshaft
• Twin Pulse firing sequence, crank pins offset at 70°
• Euro 4 emissions
• Desmodromic part chain, part gear timing with dual overhead camshaft, 4 valves per cylinder
• Wet multiplate anti-patter servo clutch
• Semi-dry sump lubrication with four oil pumps: 1 delivery and 3 return
• Fuelling with four oval throttle bodies (52 mm diameter equivalent) and variable-height intake horns
• 6-speed gearbox with DQS up/down system
• 24,000 km “Desmo-service” maintenance interval (15,000 miles)