Ducati Panigale V4 Does the Dyno

John Burns
by John Burns

Now that they’re making their way into dealerships, somebody had to do it. Moto Rapido Ducati, in Winchester, UK, is the first we’ve seen to strap a Panigale V4S to a Dynojet 250i – the same type MO uses to wring out our bikes.

All three Panigales – V4, V4S and V4 Speciale – use the same 1103cc 90-degree backward-spinning Desmo engine. Ducati’s horsepower claim is 214 horsepower at 13,000 rpm, and 91.5 pound-feet torque at 10,000 rpm. We usually expect 10% less at the rear contact patch, and maybe a bit more of a loss due to the jackshaft that reverses drive to the V4’s rear wheel, so we’re pleasantly surprised at the bike’s Dynojet performance.

Maybe even blown away: 202 horsepower just past 13,000 rpm isn’t too shabby at all, and neither is 119 Nm of torque (about 88 pound-feet to us), just past 11,000 rpm. Moto Rapido says this is a completely unmodified bike running Shell pump gas and a Supercorsa Diablo SP road tire, Dynojet 250i running SAE correction x0.98, 28°c, 1018mBar, 15% humidity.

Not only is the amount of power impressive, the curve, save one small dip around 8200 rpm, looks nice and smooth. Once past there, you’ll want to hold on tight. If Ducati’s claimed curb weight of 430 pounds is as accurate as these numbers, it’ll be right there with the 433-pound Honda CBR1000RR, which didn’t win last year’s Superbike shootout but was the lightest bike in the bunch. You’ll find a dyno chart for all seven contestants at that link, too. None of them made more than 180 hp.

Stay tuned for Herr Duke’s first ride report, coming soon…

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  • Vrooom Vrooom on Jan 22, 2018

    Holy crap, that's a hell of a dyno result. I'd joke about it not being fast enough for me, but the absurdity set in too quickly. 433 lbs? How long ago would those numbers have been dominant in Moto GP? 7 or 8?

  • Fabian Fabian on Jan 22, 2018

    Incredible. Not 15 years ago I was dreaming of a (affordable) car that would give me 200 HP. Now they put it on a bike.

    • Spiff Spiff on Jan 22, 2018

      Affordable is still part of the equation. How much will this thing cost?