- Nov 2011
2020 Ducati Superleggera V4 Quick Overview
For Ducati, the Superleggera V4 - a limited edition of just 500 individually numbered bikes - represents the pinnacle of engineering, innovation, attention to detail and customer care. The Superleggera V4 is extreme, designed and developed to achieve maximum on-track performance and ensure all the reliability and rider- friendliness of a road-legal sport bike.
Many of the components are in carbon fibre. These include the streamlined fairing, which offers an aerodynamic efficiency that matches and exceeds that of current MotoGP bikes. Desmosedici GP16-derived 'biplane' wings guarantee a downforce of 50 kg at 270 kph, 20 kg more than that generated by the wings on the 2020 Panigale V4 and V4R.
The carbon fibre fairings also sport an eye-catching Desmosedici GP19-inspired livery that juxtaposes the red of the GP19 with a naked carbon that emphasizes shapes, materials and technical details.
Beneath the carbon skin lies the Desmosedici Stradale R engine, lighter and more powerful than ever. The 998 cm3 90° V4 that powers the Superleggera V4 weighs, in fact, 2.8 kg less than the 1,103 cm3 V4. Thanks to a type- approved Akrapovic exhaust it puts out, in its road-legal configuration, no less than 224 hp. That figure rises to 234 hp when the non-homologated titanium Akrapovic exhaust, included in the Racing Kit supplied with the bike, is fitted.
Available only on the Superleggera V4, a special engine calibration for the Akrapovic racing exhaust gives riders access to a “RaceGP” display. Intended exclusively for track use, the latter - designed with valuable input from Andrea Dovizioso - is a direct offshoot of the instrument panel on the Desmosedici GP20.
Thanks to extensive use of carbon fibre, titanium and machined-from-solid aluminium components, the Superleggera V4 has a dry weight of just 159 kg (16 kg less than the Panigale V4), resulting in a power/weight ratio of 1.41 hp/kg: a record-breaking figure for a road-legal sport bike. Mounting the Racing kit puts the bike in its track configuration, boosting power to 234 hp, dropping the weight to 152.2 kg and raising the power/weight ratio to 1.54 hp/kg.
High aerodynamic efficiency, a specifically tuned suspension set-up and a record-breaking power/weight ratio ensure outstanding stability in acceleration and unmatched cornering agility, giving riders confident control and letting them perform to the highest level.
Other equipment items unique to the Superleggera V4 include a lightened Ohlins suspension system with pressurized fork and a Brembo braking system with Stylema R calipers. In addition, a latest-generation electronics package includes EVO 2 strategies for the DTC and DQS up/down.
Operational parameters for each control are associated by default with three reprogrammed Riding Modes (Race A, Race B and Sport). There are also - for the very first time - five additional Riding Modes that can be personalized with the rider's preferred settings. Riders can monitor lap times via the upgraded Lap Timer which can record finish line coordinates and intermediate times for five different circuits.