Ducati Australia has confirmed that its new Panigale V4 SP, which boasts a number of track-focussed upgrades over the standard Panigale range, will hit showrooms from June with a rideaway pricetag of $51,890.

That puts the Italian sportsbike right in contention with the similarly specified BMW M 1000 RR, which will arrive in limited numbers early next year, priced from $50,990 plus on-road costs.

Ducati Panigale V4 SP 2021

The Ducati Panigale V4 SP retains the familiar 1103cc V4 engine used in the current Panigale, delivering 159kW (214hp) and 124Nm, but is sharpened for the track with parts borrowed from the high-end Superleggera.

Specifically, the Panigale V4 SP borrows the Superleggera’s carbon-fibre wheels, braking systems, dry clutch and chain size.

The five-spoke carbon-fibre wheels are 1.4 kilograms lighter than those used on the Panigale V4 S, while the entire bike tips the scales at just 173kg (dry).

Ducati carbon fibre wheels

Brembo Stylema R front brake callipers are particularly tuned for long timed sessions, and a Brembo MCS radial pump allows quick adjustment of brake feeling.

The dry clutch, and narrower and lighter chain, are also said to be more effective on track.

Rizoma aluminium footpegs are fully adjustable to adapt to individual rider ergonomics, and maximise ground clearance.

Ducati also includes a racing kit which includes solid aluminium caps that allow the removal of the rear-view mirrors, license plate holder and open clutch cover.

The racing kit also includes a Ducati Data Analyzer and GPS module for racing telemetry and timing features.

Ducati Panigale V4 SP 2021

The Panigale V4 SP’s livery is inspired by the one used in the winter tests by Ducati’s official MotoGP and Superbike teams. The fuel tank is in exposed aluminium, the fairings are matte black and fluorescent red, and carbon components can be found throughout, such as the front mudguard and wings.

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