So for decades, Ducati has been the dominate V-twin manufacturer in the superbike arena. Come 2018, Ducati has since unveiled their all new Ducati Stradale V4 engine. The new engine is said to have its place on both the track as well as the street as stated by Ducati. They have dominated the MotoGP circuits with their V4 engines, so it only made sense to bring it into mass production.
This all new V4 platform will sit in the 2018 Ducati Panigale 1199 bikes. Ducati has bumped up the displacement to 1103cc which is slightly over the original v-twin platform. The new V4 will supposedly put out approximately 201hp. The 81mm bore is the same as the MotoGP engines but the stroke has been increased to 53.5mm to deliver better torque on the open road. This ll mkes me want to jump on one now and feel this beast.
Another sweet innovation is the counter-rotating craftshaft. On almost all modern street bikes, the crankshaft rotates in the same direction as the rear wheel. As stated by Ducati, “The Desmosedici Stradale has borrowed this technical solution to compensate for part of the gyroscopic effect produced by the wheels, making the bike more agile and precise when changing directions. The counter-rotating crankshaft also generates a torque due to inertia that tends to lower the front end during acceleration, and the rear end when braking, thus reducing the wheelie phenomenon.”
Ducati Desmosedici Stradale 1100cc V4 Photos Courtesy of Ducati: