2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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Lightweight carbon wheels
STM-EVO SBK dry clutch
Matte Black Winter Test livery

Ducati's "Ultimate Racetrack Machine"

As we had previously reported last month, Ducati is introducing a new Panigale V4 SP2, a numbered series production model it bills as “The Ultimate Racetrack Machine.” Internationally, the SP2 is a 2022 model, but for North America, it will arrive in dealerships in the fourth quarter as a 2023 model.

A follow up to 2021’s SP model, the SP2 takes all the updates the Panigale V4 and V4 S received for 2022, and adds a number of upgrades to make it worthy of the “Sport Production” label and $39,500 price tag.

These upgrades include carbon wheels, Brembo Stylema R calipers, MCS radial master cylinder, STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, lightened 520 chain, billet Rizoma footpegs and a matt black Winter Test livery.

According to Ducati, the SP2’s five-split spoke carbon rims are 3.1 pounds lighter than the aluminum forged wheels of the Panigale V4 S. Ducati also claims a 26% reduction in inertia for the front wheel and a 46% reduction at the rear. Along with a number of other carbon components, the wheels contribute to a claimed curb weight of 428.7 pounds, down from the Panigale V4 S’ claimed 431 pounds.

The Brembo monoblock Stylema R calipers are a step up from the Panigale V4 S’ Stylema M4.30 units. The Brembo MCS (Multiple Click System) radial master cylinder offers three configurations to customize braking feeling.

The front brake lever is adjustable via a knob on the left grip, and both levers are milled at the ends to reduce drag. The Rizoma footpegs are also adjustable and further build upon the improved ergonomics of the 2022 Panigale V4 range.

The Panigale V4 SP2’s STM-EVO SBK dry clutch and 520 chain final drive are inherited from Ducati’s World Superbike machines. According to Ducati, the dry clutch offers an improved anti-hopping function and better “off-throttle” fluidity compared to the wet clutch of the V4 S. The clutch also allows for a secondary spring upgrade from the Ducati Performance catalog to customize the engine brake level.

Like the relatively pedestrian Panigale V4s, the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine receives a 1.5 hp increase in peak horsepower to a claimed 215.5 hp at 13,000 rpm for Euro 5 models, but North American models make due with a mere 210 hp at 12,500 rpm. Ducati will also offer an Akrapovič titanium exhaust that claims to add another 12.5 hp while increasing the maximum torque from a claimed 90.6 lb-ft. to 96.6 lb-ft.

The chassis is also unchanged from the V4 S, with a fully adjustable NPX25/30 43mm inverted fork and TTX36 shock from Öhlins, with the event-based Smart EC 2.0 electronic compression and rebound damping adjustments.

Other electronic features include selectable riding and power modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Traction Control EVO 3, Wheelie Control EVO, Slide Control, Engine Brake Control EVO, up and down EVO2 quick shift, and launch control. The Panigale V4 SP2 also comes standard with the GPS module which enables an automatic lap time function, and the Ducati Data Analyzer for an in-depth look at track data.

The 2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 comes with a track kit for removing the license plate holder, and open carbon clutch cover, and billet aluminum plates for mirror removal. It will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year with a price of $39,500.

2023 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 US Specifications

EngineDesmosedici Stradale 90° V4, counter-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromic timing, 4 valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled
Displacement1,103 cc
Bore X Stroke81 x 53.5 mm
Compression Ratio14.0:1
Power154.5 kW (210 hp) @ 12,500 rpm
Torque122.8 Nm (90.6 lb-ft) @ 11,000 rpm
Fuel InjectionElectronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies. Variable length intake system
Exhaust4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 4 lambda probes.
Gearbox6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
Primary DriveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1
Ratio1=36/15 2=34/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=27/22
Final DriveChain 520; Front sprocket 16; Rear sprocket 41
ClutchHydraulically controlled slipper dry clutch. Self bleeding master cylinder.
FrameAluminum alloy “Front Frame” with optimized stiffnesses
Front Wheel5-split spoke carbon fiber 3.50″ x 17″
Rear Wheel5-split spoke carbon fiber 6.00″ x 17″
Front TirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 120/70 ZR17
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP 200/60 ZR17
Front SuspensionÖhlins NPX25/30 pressurized 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. 4.9 inches of travel.
Rear SuspensionFully adjustable Öhlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminum single-sided swingarm, 5.1 inches of travel.
Front Brake3 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema® R 4-piston calipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Self bleeding Brembo MCS 19.21 master cylinder.
Rear Brake245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Cornering ABS EVO
InstrumentationLast generation digital unit with 5″ TFT color display
Dry Weight173 kg (381 lb), claimed
Curb Weight194.5 kg (428.7 lb), claimed
Seat Height850 mm (33.5 in)
Wheelbase1.469 mm (57.8 in)
Front Wheel Trail100 mm (3.94 in)
Fuel Tank Capacity17 l – 4.49 gallon (US)
Number Of SeatsSingle seat
Safety EquipmentRiding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 3, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Auto tire calibration
Standard EquipmentDucati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL) Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO with Öhlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Lithium-ion battery, Auto-off indicators, Racing style handle grips, Chain guard, Carbon fiber wheels, Carbon fiber front mudguard, Wings in carbon fiber, Adjustable rider footpegs in aluminum with heel guard in carbon fiber, Billet aluminum steering stem with bike number, Machined brake and clutch levers
Additional EquipmentMachined mirror block-off plates, License plate mount removal plug, Carbon fiber open clutch cover,Ducati Data Analyzer+ (DDA+) with GPS module
Ready ForDucati Multimedia System (DMS), Anti-theft, Heated grips
Warranty24 months unlimited mileage
Maintenance Service Interval12,000 km (7,500 mi) / 12 months
Desmoservice24,000 km (15,000 mi)

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Giganto Giganto on Mar 11, 2022

    Now where did i put this week's spare $39,500.00 haircut money? Already looked over there...dangit..can't be in the center driver's boot of the Prius...right! Here tis in the toaster cozy...

  • Some Random Guy Some Random Guy on Mar 11, 2022

    Wow, a track pack with removable license plate holder. That does it for me then, I am going to get this bike.

    Who am I kidding, I will still be riding my 13 year-old Kawi. I am just happy, with my budget for motorcycle stuff, they still let me on this website.

    Side note: the leg dangle looks mighty cool! Wish I could do that.