Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916
Ducati has finally taken the veils off the magnificent Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916, the model with which the Borgo Panigale company celebrates the 25th birthday of what is probably its most famous and important bike in its history, the Ducati 916, an attractive racing car created by the hand of Massimo Tamburini’s “master” who revolutionised the world of motorcycle design before going on to make a splash in World Superbike.
The rider who most of all embodies the glorious epic of the 916 (later “evolved” into the 996 and 998 versions) is certainly the English “King” Carl Fogarty, not by chance called to play the “godfather” of this superlative version of the Panigale V4 S, enriched by “racing” components derived from the R version and which will be produced in a numbered and limited edition of only 500 units.
In addition to the wonderful dedicated livery, which recalls the 916 world championships of the great “Foggy” (whose legendary “evil eyes” are immortalized on the fairing), the 25th Anniversary 916 stands out from the “normal” Panigale V4 S for the “Front Frame” frame designed to Ducati Corse specifications, the dry clutch STM EVO-SBK, the most specific electronic controls for track-use (see the Quick Shift up/down EVO 2 and the Traction Control EVO 2 with “predictive” strategy), the forged Marchesini Racing magnesium rims, the approved titanium exhaust designed by Akrapovič in titanium (lighter than 0.5 kg) and for a whole series of Ducati Performance components.
Its engine is the Desmosedici Stradale, a 90° V4 of 1,103cc with a Desmodromic distribution derived from MotoGP, capable of delivering a power of 214 hp at 13,000 rpm and a peak torque of 124 Nm at 10,000 rpm.
Its chassis also makes use of top-quality components, such as the NIX-30 fork, the TTX36 mono and the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 steering damper, and the braking system, consisting of two 330 mm diameter Brembo discs coupled with Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers at the front and a single 245 mm disc with 2-piston caliper at the rear, all produced by Bergamo-based specialists.
The electronic package, of course, is also first-rate. The Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916 uses a Bosch 6-axis IMU inertial platform and equipment that also includes Bosch EVO ABS Cornering, Slide Control (DSC), Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO), Power Launch (DPL), Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO) and EVO electronic suspension (DES EVO). There is also the Ducati Data Analyser+ kit (DDA+) with GPS module, a sophisticated telemetry system inspired by professional applications.
All the information is displayed on the 5″ full-TFT dashboard in high resolution colour, which also allows you to adjust the settings of the individual controls. Completed by the dry weight of 173 kg, which becomes 194 “in running order” with a full tank at 90% of its 16 liters capacity.
Ducati presented its new jewel in world premiere around the 9th round of the SBK World Championship, scheduled for this weekend at Laguna Seca, in the presence of Carl Fogarty himself, who commented as follows:
“I am particularly excited to be at this event! Riding the Ducati 916, I experienced beautiful and unforgettable moments and important pages of my personal history as well as of the World Superbike Championship were written. I’m very proud to have played a leading role, just as I’m here today to officially remove the veil from this beautiful bike”.
For the weekend of races in Laguna Seca (click here for timetables and TV coverage), the Aruba.it Racing team – Ducati will put its official bikes on track – entrusted to the Spanish Álvaro Bautista and the Welsh Chaz Davis – with a livery inspired by that of the masterpiece just unveiled.
The Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916 will arrive from the dealers from October 2019 at the price of 41,900 Euro ex dealer, with a certificate of authenticity combined with the progressive number marked by laser on the steering head.
However, the No. 5 model will not be put up for sale: Ducati will auction it in tribute to Carlin Dunne, a rider who recently died at Pikes Peak, which used the No. 5 in the race: the proceeds will be used to raise funds to offer support to Carlin’s mother.
The complete technical data sheet of this dazzling Ducati Panigale V4 25th Anniversary 916 can be seen on the next page of this same post.