For the 2019 model-year, Ducati claims it has gone a step further with the V4 R with even more technology borrowed from its presence in MotoGP. The new V4 is fitted with a more aerodynamic fairing with carbon fiber air curtains. This decision comes from the brand’s desire to rely on physics rather than electronics to increase stability.
The new V4 R engine has been downsized to the 998cc Desmosedici Stradale R V4 that is SBK-compliant and provides more radical performance while helping to reduce the weight thanks to lighter components. Peak power is now rated at 221 horsepower for a 425-lb bike. In case 221 isn’t enough, a new Akrapovič exhaust can boost performance to 234 poneys, making the 2019 Panigale V4 R the most powerful production Ducati ever made.