Ducati has been working behind the scenes and the screens on its upcoming iteration of the Streetfighter V4 SP, or so it was rumored. Motorcycle News caught wind of the hints that the Italian brand is testing the new model for an end of year release. They worked off information that was sketchy at best. That's the way it goes with a new version that they believe will be a market success. It's all smoke and mirrors until the brand is damned good and ready to make an official announcement.
Teasers and educated guesses
Visor Down first hinted at the possibility of a new version of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 that is set for a 2022 release. They obtained the information from the Homologation data from the US, in July and it looked like Ducati was building a new and lighter version of the model. The information they obtain suggested that the new bike would receive a 1,103 cc V4 engine which is the same power plant used in the predecessor. There will be no changes in the power and torque, at least, none they were talking about (unofficially). The new SP variant will see the upgrades in the chassis components and the bodywork. The best guess is that the bike will be based on the Panigale V4 SP with an upgrade of the plastic components to carbon fiber such as the bi-plane wings, front and rear mudguards, headlight surround, and heat shield for the exhaust. It's estimated that this move will be more aesthetically pleasing and lighten the eight of the bike. There's a great deal of fun and excitement involved in the prediction process. After decades of study and second-guessing, it almost becomes a science
Based on previous experience of design trends
The order of the day is trending towards lightening the load and enhancing durability. The new SP was also predicted to get a new pair of lightweight rims that will also boost handling performance, perhaps carbon fiber or magnesium materials and they'll be offered as a standard option which is the case with the Panigale V4 SP. Throw in new billet rear sets, an upgraded MCS brake master cylinder, with Stylema R calipers, and a sophisticated matte black paint job. Documents obtained further suggest that the new variant will feature some major upgrades that will result in a hefty price tag. It's likely to receive a dry clutch conversion that will exceed the price of the most recent edition, or so it was predicted
An official announcement?
After months of teasing Ducati, has taken the rumor and fleshed it out with more juicy details about the pending release of the Panigale, which is the model that most believe the Streetfighter will be based upon. The new Panigale will be a sports performance edition that is designed for riders of all skill levels. It will be more suitable for the R version for amateur riders with easier riding on the track, and exceptional speed, thanks to the new lightweight mods we envision. Ducati hints at new technical equipment that is claimed to deliver all of this for riders. Could this be true for the Streetfighter variant as well? It's all just speculation at this point. Ducati is playing their cards close to the vest on this one. All we have are rumors based on a few documents filed and a teaser from Ducati's new Panigale with a few photos to allow the mind to wander. They have confirmed that the eye-catching V4 SP will have a brushed aluminum fuel tank, the matte black color scheme, and Ducati's signature bright red detailing. This is what gives us an idea of what we might expect should the rumors be true about the new Streetfighter.
What we currently know
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP was set to be revealed at the 2020 EICMA Show held in Milan, Italy, but the show was canceled due to Covid-19. It's no set for November 28, 2021. Ducati has revealed that the new version will feature the Ducati Power Launch along with Full LED lighting, Daytime running light, the brand's electronic suspension EVO with Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Ducati's Quick Shift up/down EVO 2, quick adjustment buttons, racing handle grips, carbon fiber wheels and more. The rider footpegs are rendered with a heel guard in carbon fiber with an adjustable aluminum build. It also receives a carbon fiber front mudguard, carbon-fiber wings, and Billet aluminum steering stem featuring the bike number. Ducati has also confirmed that it will be equipped with a try clutch for track riding with a 520 pitch chain and elements that have significantly lightened the bike from the normal production runs.
When will the new Ducati Streetfighter be released?
The ongoing pandemic has caused a serious delay in production and releases for most major brands. Ducati is no exception. The brand has yet to confirm that the new Streetfighter variant will even be one of the models offered for sale in the 2021 calendar year, however, analysts have a strong suspicion that we're going to see an official announcement from Ducati in the weeks or months to come. They believe it could even have a release date as early as October of 2021. The Streetfighter would likely be released as a variant or with the option of upgrading to the trim for the special Sport Edition fit for the track. There is a lot that is still up in the air at this point. It's also believed that the price tag for the bike is likely to start at over $37.3K. For now, we'll just have to be patient and wait to hear more on the matter from Ducati, or perhaps catch a spy clip of the bike being tested.
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