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Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP driving report
The matte black sin from Borgo Panigale

The Streetfighter V4 SP. It costs more, can do more and weighs less than the already fast S. MOTORRAD has found out exactly what the SP can do.


On paper, the SP version is very different potent Streetfighter V4S with the chassis, the ergonomics and fine carbon in every nook and cranny. The fork and shock absorber come directly from the Superbike Panigale V4, vintage 2021, including the set-up.


Superbike chassis

Compared to the V4S, the Öhlins fork has a spring that is 11 Newton meters harder (V4S 8.5 NM) and dampens with more oil. Aft, the Öhlins leg works from the Panigale V4 with an 85 spring. For lower weight and less mass inertia, the SP carries three-spoke carbon rims from BST, which save 1.4 kilograms compared to the already light Marchesini forged rims of the V4S. Fun Fact: The rims are identical to those of the outrageously expensive and rare Ducati Panigale Superleggera. Overall, the SP weighs 177 kilograms dry and 196 kilograms ready to drive, also due to the use of carbon, a lithium-ion battery and the beautiful tank made of brushed aluminium. It weighs three kilograms less than the V4S. In addition, adjustable footrests ensure suitable ergonomics.



Handy and stable

Soled with Pirelli Diablo Superbike slicks in the SC1 compound, it goes with the rare Ducati on the track. The diet, especially the light rims, are already noticeable on the first laps. The precision with which the SP can be angled and willingly follows the pilot’s every command is breathtaking. No matter which line you aim for, the bare curves casually down to the deepest slopes. Even corrections in an inclined position can be implemented without any problems. At the same time, she remains firmly on course at all times and never falters. This stability is due to the chassis from the Panigale, which as a whole is tuned much harder than that of the Streetfighter V4S.

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Breathtaking V4 power

If you open the shower out of a curve, you should hold your breath and hold on tight: The 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale pushes with its 208 horses and 123 Newton meters so hard that you spit away. The core was not revised, because the 90-degree V4 with a 70-degree ignition offset (Twin Pulse) delivers enough power. The SP can be loaded up to the rev limiter at 12,750 rpm without any interruption in traction by a smoothly functioning quickshifter with blipper function. At the end of the long back straight, the speedometer reads a whopping 282 km/h – on a naked bike!



Race safely

The Brembo MCS19 brake pump, in combination with Brembo Stylema R calipers, ensures top-quality deceleration. Even after several brisk laps with hard anchors, the performance of the stopper remains at a high level – you don’t have to expect a wandering pressure point. In addition, a hodgepodge of electronic helpers keeps the Duc in check. Particularly noteworthy here is the gently working traction control including slide control. It safely controls even the most violent slides and rewards the pilot with a posh black line at every corner exit. Those who are in a good mood can turn off all the electronic helpers, but that’s only for very experienced pilots with a penchant for masochism – but it’s always fun! The icing on the cake is the dry clutch. It’s no better in function than its sisters’ wet-sump clutches, but the rattle is simply turn-on and makes the corners of your mouth snap up.

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Conclusion

All in all, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP is a stunning naked bike. It raises the bar for track-ready naked bikes and can join the ranks of the special Ducatis. Even current Superbike material has to fear this weapon. However, there are two downsides: the majority of the rare Duc is already sold out. And if you can find one, 33,590 euros leave the bank account.

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