Sharp, chiselled seems to be, poised to dash; to not point out, drop-useless-attractive! The Ducati Panigale V2 is the right instance of a real-blue Italian sportbike. It’s all about energy, efficiency and pace, and the V2 seems to be the half, nearly mirroring the sporty and purposeful stance of its greater Panigale V4 siblings. But then, the Panigale V2 is not technically a superbike, when you’re fussy about definitions, engine displacement, and segments. Consider this; there are the entry-stage, small-displacement sportbikes, then the supersports (with engine displacement of round 650-660 cc), the middleweights, and the 1,000 cc, or litre-class ‘superbikes’.
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The V2 replaces the Ducati 959 Panigale as Ducati’s new middleweight sportbike, and it solely will get a minor bump in energy, with 155 bhp on provide, and a 955 cc engine, which is nearer to ‘superbike’ territory, than a middleweight. But it is nonetheless the “entry-level” mannequin within the Ducati Panigale vary. We spent a while on the road, on the freeway, and on the Buddh International Circuit to get a way of what the Ducati Panigale V2 affords.
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The Ducati Panigale V2 actually is a factor of magnificence. And it is draped in equally styled fairing of the V4, bringing its design in keeping with the Panigale vary. The Ducati branding on the gasoline tank, and the Panigale V2 on the fairing go away little doubt about this pink Ducati’s lineage. The exhaust is now the underbelly sort, and the V2 additionally wears an identical single-sided swingarm like its greater brother. The instrument console is a full-color TFT display, and the refreshed handlebar controls and the fantastically crafted prime yoke all underscore the excessive-high quality build and end.
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Overall, the V2 seems to be sharp, premium and excessive-high quality, complemented by full-LED lighting, and that beautiful bodywork, significantly on this shade of ‘rosso’! Any angle you have a look at it from, the Panigale V2 is a beautiful, engaging factor on two wheels! What the 959 Panigale lacked, by way of actual “Panigale” attraction, a primary look on the V2 makes you are feeling that particular tug, the sensation of being round a correct, particular Ducati. And whether or not you are into bikes or not, you’ll be able to’t actually resist the appeal and attraction of the Ducati Panigale V2 when you’re round it.
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Tech & Ergonomics
Swing a leg over it, and it is instantly obvious that you simply’re straddling a particular bike. It does not really feel as roomy and massive because the V4, however the cockpit seems like a hello-tech place to be in, with the 4.3-inch TFT show making the V2 really feel extra particular, in contrast to the uninteresting LCD show the 959 Panigale got here with. And the electronics have been massively revamped too!
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The Panigale V2 will get a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which continually measures the bike’s dynamics, and powers the cornering ABS, six ranges of traction management, lean-angle based mostly engine braking system, wheelie management system, and in addition comes with a normal up/down quickshifter, permitting each clutchless upshifts and downshifts.
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In quick, the V2’s electronics suite is as complete as these on the larger superbikes. While all these settings could not appear very helpful on the street, however out on the monitor, these completely different permutations and combos permit a stage of customisation that may be tailor-made to particular person driving model, and talent. And in contrast to greater superbikes, the compact proportions and ergnonomics of the V2 make it really feel extra comfy and manageable, and it provides a way of calm confidence to riders with much less expertise. The 840 mm seat peak although is barely taller than the V4, but it surely affords sufficient and extra room for the rider to vary position when driving round a monitor. The driving position although is aggressive, and sitting in bumper-to-bumper visitors is not wherever near being gratifying on the V2.
Performance & Dynamics
Speaking of visitors, the 955 cc L-twin engine’s valve noise and exhaust word can’t be related to refinement. It’s mechanical, sure, like the best way a Ducati ought to sound, and whereas purists could miss the dry clutch rattle, in-line fan-boys could take a while getting used to how the V2 sounds, significantly at low revs and at idle. But open the throttle and work the six-pace gearbox, and you’ll quickly cross over into unlawful speeds, and onto harmful territory! Given a barely first rate stretch of street, 150 kmph is available in very quickly, and with some actual property at hand, 200 kmph will are available in a short time with out you realising it!
Suspension, dealt with by a 43 mm totally adjustable Showa Big Piston Fork, and a completely adjustable Sachs monoshock on the rear, is gentle sufficient to make the V2 simple sufficient to deal with the city commute. The driving posture does take a while getting used to; it is undoubtedly extra dedicated than a sport tourer, and people not used to sportbike ergos could discover the V2’s driving position punishing, particularly in visitors. But what is just not so good, is the clutch. Crawling in visitors, the V2 tends to be jumpy, and that is one thing of a downer. A crouched and dedicated driving position, and a jumpy clutch does not make for an amazing on a regular basis bike.
But present it the racetrack, and a complete new facet of the Panigale V2’s persona emerges. It’s nonetheless 2 kg heavier than the V4, and with simply 155 bhp (in comparison with 214 bhp of the V4), the V2 could not really feel as fast sufficient, however provided that you’ve got ever been astride the V4. Out on the Buddh International Circuit, the digital speedometer nudged 270 kmph on the backstraight, earlier than I nearly ran out of tarmac, and braveness, and needed to rapidly downshift and slam on the brakes, to tackle the correct-hander. The V2’s up/down quickshifter works like a dream, providing clean upshifts and downshifts with out ever needing to drag within the clutch lever.
And it is on the racetrack, the place the Panigale V2 made sense to me. For me, the V2 comes throughout as a motorbike which must be on the monitor, and should be used on the monitor, relatively than pottering about on the road Of course, it can at all times entice approving glances on the road, but it surely’s the monitor the place the V2’s true capabilities could be explored, in addition to the rider’s personal. After a number of laps across the BIC, I begun to get comfy; much more comfy than I ever may with the 959 Panigale at Buriram a couple of years in the past.
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And that is the V2’s greatest energy; it is acquired greater than sufficient efficiency to make for an gratifying outing on a racetrack, with sufficient of an digital security web to maintain the rider secure, even with restricted monitor expertise. High-speed stability is what the V2 excels in, even when leaned over round a nook. In comparability, a 200 bhp superbike, with all of the state-of-the-artwork digital rider aids, could be fairly a handful, tiring even, bordering on being slightly scary for the much less skilled.
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The Ducati Panigale V2, then again, is usually a revelation; the extra time you spend with it on the monitor, the extra forgiving and pleasant it turns into. While it is solely added a couple of bhp to the 959 Panigale, the V2 has change into quicker, extra mature, extra refined, and far simpler to trip, and that, is the largest takeaway.
The Ducati Panigale V2 is not precisely reasonably priced although. Priced at ₹ 17.49 lakh (Ex-showroom), the Panigale V2 is nearly as costly as litre-class superbikes, and maybe dearer than a few 200 bhp Japanese superbikes. For that type of money, there’s a complete new electronics bundle, full with lean-delicate traction management, cornering ABS, engine braking system, wheelie management, and extra, all designed to make each monitor outing gratifying, and secure.
The Ducati Panigale V2 is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, it could be the entry-stage Panigale, however there’s nothing “entry-level” about its efficiency, or agility. In the correct fingers, the Panigale V2 is usually a forgiving, entertaining and enjoyable sportbike, that may make for a really gratifying outing on a racetrack. For me, it is a compromise. To enhance your talent on a racetrack, the V2 affords the right mix of efficiency and digital rider aids, and it may be forgiving, and nudge you to go quicker, and document quicker lap occasions. But to dwell with it as an on a regular basis bike could also be taking it too far, except you’ve gotten a storage stuffed with different, extra ‘sensible’ every day driving companions. And within the Indian summer season, the V2 will not be so gratifying in any case, sitting in crawling visitors, with the warmth from the L-twin making issues a tad uncomfortable.
Yes, you too can argue that you would be able to get extra horsepower for lower than what you spend on the Ducati Panigale V2. Eventually although, how a lot horsepower can you actually use? Singing at over 250 kmph on a monitor just like the BIC, and having the ability to scrape each your knee pucks in a single outing is greater than sufficient leisure for many people, and to that impact, the Panigale V2 is rattling close to good. Gimme Red!
(Photography: Prashant Chaudhary & Pawan Dagia)
|Engine||Superquadro, L-twin, desmodromic|
|Power||155 bhp @ 10,750 rpm|
|Torque||104 Nm @ 9,000 rpm|
|Gearbox||6-pace with Ducati Quick Shift up/down|
|Clutch||Hydraulically managed slipper clutch|
|Front Suspension||Fully adjustable 43 mm Showa BPF fork|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Sachs monoshock|
|Front Brake||Twin 320 mm discs, Brembo M 4.32 calipers|
|Rear Brake||245 mm disc, two-piston caliper|
|Kerb Weight||200 kg|
|Seat Height||840 mm|