Scrambler Icon Dark (centre)
Leading things here is the new-for-2020 Panigale V4S. Aptly, it slots below the manic race-ready V4R launched locally last year, but it packs plenty of tech and features derived from said race special, most notably of course being its aero and tech.
The distinct winglets are part of an extensive ‘aero pack’ and works in conjunction with revised and enlarged lateral fairings and side vents. Together, these provide enhanced airflow protection for the rider whilst also improving high-speed stability.
Yep, they’re not just for ‘show’, they’re there to help keep the Panigale V4S steady at high speeds, which it will hit easily thanks to the 214bhp and 124Nm outputs – and feather-like 195kg kerb weight – churned out by its signature Desmodromic 1,103cc V-twin heart, which is capable of revving past 13,000rpm as well.
That, by the way, gets matched with plenty of top-shelf performance hardware and tech. Highlights of the former include lightweight Marchesini forged aluminium wheels and lithium-ion battery, fully adjustable and electronically controlled Öhlins suzzies, as well as beefy Brembo monobloc anchors.
And apart from selectable ride and power modes, the Panigale V4S’s extensive list of tech also includes traction, wheelie and slide control suites, cornering ABS, bi-directional quickshifter, launch control, not forgetting Ducati’s novel new app-enabled data analyzer feature amongst many.
Naturally, this much performance goodies, not forgetting that utterly gorgeous Italian styling, sees the Panigale V4S command a very serious RM172,000 base price tag.
Ducati Malaysia also announced the availability of a ‘standard’ Panigale V4 offering alongside that costs lower at RM132,900. Though it does come with the S-spec’s aero package, it does make do with much less tech and race-ready goodies, which will likely make you reconsider opting for its smaller Panigale V2 twin instead.
The replacement to the Panigale 959 model offered previously not only gets a new name, it also comes brimmed with plenty of racy tech and features to ensure it stacks up well against other comparable middleweight supersports.
Powering this ‘baby’ offering is an updated Euro5-compliant version of Ducati’s 955cc Superquadro Desmodromic V-twin mill that’s good for 155bhp and 104Nm, which is more than plenty to get this 200kg (kerb, claimed) supersport going rapidly.
Notable kit includes fully adjustable Showa forks and Sachs reach shock, Brembo monobloc brakes, lightweight alloy wheels, Cornering ABS, traction and wheelie controls, selectable ride and power modes, as well as the ability to connect with Ducati’s aforementioned data analyzer app feature.
Sadly, this one has no fancy aero package to boot, but it still packs an unmistakable drop-dead gorgeous Italian styling on top of everything else mentioned, which in turn makes its RM109,900 base price figure all the more tempting for many.
Lastly comes a new and darker twist as far as entry into Ducati’s hip and retro Scrambler line go.
New for 2020, the Scrambler Icon Dark sees Ducati presenting a much simpler and cleaner base for owners to customise and personalise with the model’s extensive accessories and optional parts catalogue present.
As its name aptly suggest, the Scrambler Icon Dark comes dressed in a tasty shade of matte black, which gets matched with equally stylish machine-finished aluminium belt covers and interchangeable aluminium side panels. It’s eye-catching full-LED headlight is new, as is its suspension hardware.
New here too is the novel Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) connectivity function. This lets riders integrate the bike with a smartphone, rider’s helmet earpiece, passenger’s helmet earpiece or a Ducati navigator system via Bluetooth. Also, the infotainment system allows four devices to be connected simultaneously.
As for pep, that’s supplied by the Scrambler line’s signature air-cooled 803cc V-twin that boasts a decent 73bhp. Notable standard features include a dual-channel ABS suite now topped up with cornering ABS function, as an updated hydraulic clutch with lever adjustment.
Excluding the optional accessories – as well as style-matching gear and apparels – available, the new Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark commands a very tempting base price figure of RM49,900.
Check out more images of all three new Ducatis in the extensive galleries prepared below.