With special equipment added to make the motorcycle easier for the non-professional rider to go fast, the 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP may be the ultimate track-day weapon. The SP means Sport Production, and that’s what this flavor of the Panigale V4 is. According to a Ducati spokesman, “An amateur rider on the SP will be faster than if he were riding the more demanding R version.” We will run over the parts that make the SP a potential track-day favorite.
For highest performance, the 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP gets an STM dry clutch. STM Italy has been in the clutch business for 40 years and is the slipper clutch’s inventor. STM has worked on clutches for BMW, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, MV Agusta, Suzuki, and Yamaha superbike and supersport racebikes. The STM Evo SBK dry clutch brings the SP up a notch, and an open carbon fiber clutch cover is included with the SP (though the cover is not street legal). The clutch has the unenviable job of transmitting the 1103cc motor’s 214 horsepower peak at 13,000 rpm.
Carbon fiber makes a strong showing on the SP. The big pieces are the carbon fiber wheels. Additionally, carbon fiber is used for the wings, front fender, and heel guard. Note that the carbon fiber rims are over three pounds lighter than the forged aluminum wheels they replace.
Braking is first class, thanks to Brembo from clip-on to disc. The master cylinder for the front Brembo Stylema R calipers is a Brembo MCS 19.21 unit. This offers remote adjustment of the braking-to-lever-travel ratio.
The billet aluminum footpeg mounts are adjustable.
The 520 chain is nearly a pound lighter than the standard Panigale V4 chain. Additionally, it has its own sprockets.
On the aluminum top triple clamp, there’s a number telling you which 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP you have. The lower the number, the cooler you are.
The SP has covers for the parts you will want to remove for track-days. This includes the mirror mounting holes and the license plate holder.
The Ducati Data Analyzer + telemetry kit is included, along with a GPS module. In the pits, you can critique the performance of you and the SP at every point on the track.
Although not specific to the SP, it has Öhlins semi-active electronic suspension. There is also an Öhlins steering damper.
Sorry, no passengers allowed. The 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP comes with a solo seat and no passenger pegs. The seat gets a unique V4 SP logo, just as a reminder every time you hop on for another session.
Matte black Winter Test Livery is contrasted by the fuel tank’s brushed aluminum finish. Along with the carbon fiber rims and protruding street-legal equipment removed, the SP looks absolutely stunning.
Dealers are taking deposits for the $37,000 2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP. We don’t have a delivery date for the motorcycle yet.
2021 Ducati Panigale V4 SP SpecsENGINE
Type: 90-degree V4 w/ counter-rotating crankshaft
Bore x stroke: 81 x 53.5mm
Maximum power: 214 horsepower @ 13,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 92 ft-lbs @ 10,000 rpm
Compression ratio: 14.0:1
Valvetrain: Desmodromic actuation w/ 4vpc
Fueling: Twin injectors per cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed w/ straight-cut gears
Clutch: Hydraulically actuated
Final drive: 520 chain
Frame: Aluminum monocoque
Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 43mm fork w/ electronic damping adjustment and active suspension adjustment; 4.7 inches
Rear suspension; travel: Fully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 shock w/ electronic damping adjustment and active suspension adjustment; 5.1 inches
Wheels: 5 split-spoke carbon fiber
Front wheel: 17 x 6.00 x 17
Rear wheel: 3.50 x 17
Tires: Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP
Front tire: 120/70 x 17
Rear tire: 200/60 x 17
Front brakes: Semi-floating 330mm discs w/ Brembo Stylema R 4-piston calipers and adjustable Brembo MCS 19.21 master cylinder
KTM RC 390 and Gordon McCall of Quail Motorcycle Gathering
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This week features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the new KTM RC 390. The entry-level KTM has always been an impressive motorcycle that has sold extremely well, however the factory has now taken the bike to another level, with top-spec features that are typically found on flagship machines. Clearly KTM has realized that even smaller engined machines should have high spec suspension, brakes and electronics packages. Nic tells us how well the new RC 390 is equipped, and what he thought of riding the smaller displacement rocket.
In the second segment I chat with automotive and motorcycle industry icon, Gordon McCall. Gordon is the Director of Motorsports at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, California.
This weekend of Saturday May 14th sees the annual Quail Motorcycle Gathering re-start after its Covid-forced hiatus, and having attended every one of the previous Motorcycle Gatherings, personally I’m very happy that the event is back on the schedule. Gordon chats about the event and a little of what’s happening this year. It’s a great event and if you feel like a trip to the gorgeous Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, you’ll get to meet Gordon, Roland Sands, and of course a large number of stunning motorcycles too.
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