Ducati has confidently called this beast "The Ultimate Racetrack Machine"
In 2021, Ducati launched the Panigale V4 SP, then they updated the Panigale V4 for 2022. And now, they've pushed the envelope once again by unveiling a more track-oriented supersport beast destined for 2023, the Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 aka "The Ultimate Racetrack Machine" even for non-professional riders.
The Panigale V4 SP2 is basically a super-enhanced version of the already impressive Ducati Panigale V4 S in terms of aerodynamics, ergonomics, engine, chassis, and electronics. What they're trying to achieve is a superbike that can be ridden confidently around any track by making the whole experience more intuitive and less tiring, even for newer riders.
The SP part of the bike (means Sport Production) means that this is the most high-performing Panigale of all time which include some tasty specs like the lightweight 17-inch carbon fibre rims wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP, Brembo's latest Stylema R brake package with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO plus remote front brake lever adjuster, WorldSBK-spec final transmission drive, 520 chain, and that sweet STM-EVO SBK dry clutch.
Other additions are racing footpegs, more carbon fibre parts, and accessories for track use. That includes a full titanium race exhaust system from Akrapovic which will allow the Panigale V4 SP2's 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine to increase its output from 215.5hp to a manic 228hp. Torque is also raised from 122.8Nm to 131Nm with this Akrapovic exhaust system.
Dry weight is set at 173kg (minus 6kg if you opt for the Akra exhaust), so its power-to-weight ratio should be quite 'gila'. Luckily, the Panigale V4 SP2 is packed with all the latest electronic riding aids and the latest Ohlins electronic suspension package to ensure that even the newer riders have total control when going balls out in the track.
Dressed in the dedicated 'Winter Test' livery, the 2022 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 will actually be a 2023 model and it's going to be a numbered model with a limited production run. To buy one, you may order directly from Ducati Malaysia, but make sure you have deep pockets because it won't be cheap.