Ducati’s newest Panigale V4 R sportsbike flagship – which is capable of producing more than 240 horsepower – will hit Australian showrooms in May priced from $70,200 rideaway.

The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R will sit above its V4 ($34,000), V4 S ($43,600) and V4 SP2 ($56,900) siblings, and well north of its closest rival in the BMW M 1000 RR ($59,990 plus on-roads).

In road-going trim, the Panigale V4 R is tuned to produce 162kW (218hp) of power from its 998cc motor, however, Ducati says the bike is capable of delivering up to 176kW (240hp) if fitted with a track-only exhaust system and filled with special engine oil.

For reference, the entry-level Ducati Panigale V4 makes 158kW and 124Nm from its 1103cc powerplant.

The V4 R’s high power output was achieved in part thanks to MotoGP derived internal components like “gun-drilled” titanium connecting rods to improve lubrication in ‘extreme conditions’, diamond like carbon (DLC) treated and lightened pistons for reduced friction and inertial forces, as well as more aggressive intake cams to improve breathing at high revs.

Continuing the racing-derived theme, the V4 R uses the same gear ratios and dry clutch as found in Ducati’s WorldSBK motorcycles.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 R Australia

Ducati engineers have overhauled the Panigale’s electronics package to be optimised for racing conditions, adopted a new quickshifter system and have included a new ‘Track Evo’ dashboard mode to join the existing Road and Track interfaces.

Also revised is the bike’s full Ohlins suspension and aerodynamics package, and the new-look bodywork hosts an aluminium fuel tank which has been increased to 17 litres in capacity.

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