2020 Motorcycle Previews 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4S First Look: 15 Fast Facts (Video)

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4S First Look: 15 Fast Facts (Video)

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4S Preview, Specs & Prices

When Ducati unveiled the 2018 Panigale V4, my first question was when will the Streetfighter V4 arrive?

The Streetfighter V4 was teased, and then officially announced as a 2020 offering during Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Streetfighter V4 SpecsNothing specific was reported except. All I knew was that it basically did what Ducati did with the first-generation Streetfighters – the 2009-2012 1100, and 2011-2015 848. Ducati took its leading sportbikes and stripped them down for comfy ergonomics and aggressive styling.

Ducati follows that same strategy for the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and updated V4 S, but provides just a bit more.

Following are the first look fast facts of Ducati’s second-generation Streetfighter.

1. Ducati didn’t mess much with the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine that’s also offered in the Panigale V4. The power numbers are slightly reduced due to more streetable engine maps.

  • Horsepower: 208 @ 12,750 rpm vs 214 @ 13,000 rpm on the Panigale V4
  • Torque: 90.4 ft/lbs @ 11,500 rpm vs 91.1 ft/lbs @ 10,000 rpm

Besides that, the engine remains the same. Ducati makes it known in the press kit that the Streetfighter can produce 220 horsepower and 95.8 ft/lbs of torque if a full-racing Ducati Performance exhaust by Akrapovič is installed.

Streetfighter V4 S cockpit2. In simplest terms, the Streetfighter is a stripped-down Panigale V4 fitted with a higher and wider handlebar (no clip-ons here). Though “stripped,” the Streetfighter has a heavier curb weight (with fluids) of 443 pounds (V4 S) versus the Panigale V4 S’s 436 pounds. The SFV4’s alloy versus the Panigale’s aluminum wheels is the main contributing factor to the extra weight.

3. Yes, those are winglets. These MotoGP-inspired dual wings, also stock on the 2020 Panigale V4, help generate much-needed downforce at high speeds. Ducati says they add 66 pounds of downforce at 168 mph, and also help cool the engine by increasing the water and oil radiator airflow by two and ten percent, respectively.

4. The Streetfighter borrows the 4.2-gallon aluminum fuel tank from the Panigale. The lower section of the tank is modified to accommodate a seat with thicker padding for on-road comfort.

5. Before going further, let’s quickly explain the differences between the V4 and V4 S.

The Streetfighter V4 S is updated over the standard updated suspension and wheels:

  • Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO
  • Öhlins NIX-30 forks with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
  • Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
  • Öhlins steering damper with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system
  • Forged aluminum Marchesini wheels

Streetfighter V4 MSRP6. The Streetfighter receives all the benefits of the Panigale V4’s electronics suite, which was updated for 2020 with “Evo 2” versions of the up/down quickshifter and eight-level traction control.

The electronics utilize a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU) which instantly detects the bike’s roll, yaw and pitch angles.

The 2020 SF arrives with:

  • ABS Cornering EVO
  • Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2
  • Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO
  • Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO (V4 S ONLY)

7. Three Riding Modes are available that change engine and electronic parameters (including the suspension setup on the S model):

  • Race: Full 208 horsepower, low electronic intervention for maximum performance
  • Sport: Full 208 horsepower, electronic intervention set maximum on-street safety
  • Street: 155 horsepower, electronic intervention for maximum traction on surfaces with poor grip

Also, the electronics can be personalized based on the rider’s style.

8. Though the V4 S arrives with electronic Öhlins suspension, the base model is no slouch. The base arrives with a fully adjustable 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork, and a Sachs shock absorber. The base model’s suspension also is enhanced with a Sachs steering damper.

Streetfighter V4 and V4 S Ducati 20209. Like the Panigale V4, the Streetfighter V4 relies on Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers for stopping. Two 330mm discs are squeezed by four-piston calipers up front, and a 245mm disc out back is squeezed by a two-piston caliper.

10. The base Streetfighter arrives with aluminum five-spoke wheels, and the V4 S 3-spoke Marchesini forged-aluminum wheels. Both are shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II tires – 120/17 ZR17 up front, and a massive 200/60 ZR17 out back.

11. Thankfully Ducati also borrowed the five-inch full TFT instrumentation from the Panigale V4. The high-resolution screen is easily navigable, and the rider can choose between a “track” or “road” layout.

12. Aesthetics are typical of a Ducati naked, and feature a minimalist full LED headlight that “evokes the crazy grin of the Joker,” the DC Comics character that Ducati designers used as an inspiration. LED lights are also used for the taillights.

13. The Streetfighter V4 will need valve adjustments every 15,000 miles, and services (oil change, etc.) every 7,500 miles.

Streetfighter V4 S burnout14. Both the SF V4 and V4 S are available in one color: Ducati Red with a dark gray frame and black wheels.

15. USA pricing for the base Streetfighter V4 is $19,995 MSRP. The S version adds another $4,000 for a total of $23,995. Both arrive in dealerships in spring 2020.

2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 S Specs

ENGINE

  • Type: Desmosedici Stradale 90-degree V4
  • Displacement: 1103 cc
  • Bore x stroke: 81 x 53.5 mm
  • Compression ratio: 14.0:1
  • Maximum power: 208 horsepower @ 12,750 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 90 ft/lbs @ 11,500 rpm
  • Valvetrain: Desmodromically actuated valves; 4vpc
  • Fueling: Electronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride- by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
  • Exhaust: 4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
  • Transmission: 6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
  • Clutch: Hydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch
  • Final drive: Chain

CHASSIS:

  • Frame: Aluminum alloy “Front Frame”
  • Front suspension: Fully adjustable Showa BPF 43mm fork (S Model: Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 43mm fork w/ TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode)
  • Rear suspension: Fully adjustable Sachs shock (S Model: Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode)
  • Wheels: 5-spokes light aluminum alloy (S Model: 3-spoke Marchesini aluminum)
  • Front wheel: 17 x 3.50
  • Rear wheel: 17 x 6.00
  • Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II
  • Front tire: 120/70 x 17
  • Rear tire: 200/60 x 17
  • Front brake: 330mm semi-floating discs w/ radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema (M4.30) 4-piston calipers
  • Rear brake: 245mm disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • ABS: Cornering ABS standard

DIMENSIONS:

  • Wheelbase: 58.6 inches
  • Rake: 24.5 degrees
  • Seat Height: 33.3 inches
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gallons
  • Curb Weight: 439 pounds

COLORS/PRICES (MSRP):

  • Ducati Red, $19,995 (base); $23,995 (S)

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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