2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4, V4 S, and V4 SP2 First Look

John Burns
by John Burns

We're always fighting in the streets

Did we really need the Ducati Streetfighter V4 to be even trickier and more refined than the one that won last year’s Open Nakeds Shootout with ease? The one that out-horsepowered even the mighty Kawasaki Z H2 – 177 rear-wheel horses to 163? Actually there was room for improvement, as the mighty V4 S finished third in the Track portion of that seven-bike slugfest. But hey, if it’s a track bike you want, maybe you should just go ahead and get the Panigale. Nay, the Streetfighter is the stripped-down street version, and as such we were all bowled over by not just its scintillating performance, but maybe even more by its unexpected boulevard civility. Like having your cake and riding it too.

Never content, however, Ducati’s upped the Streetfighter’s game for 2023, including addition of a new V4 SP2 model. Extensive electronic upgrading follows the path laid down by the latest Panigale, along with new simplified graphics to control it all, descended from the racing Desmosedici. New Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software is said to make cornering even swifter and safer, new Ducati Quickshifter calibration has been refined. We didn’t even complain about the heat before, but a new cooling fan strategy is now in place to offer “greater thermal comfort for the rider already at typical road use speeds.” Ahhhhh. There’s plenty more where that came from.

Pity the person who can’t be content unless they have the very best: The new Streetfighter V4 SP2 gets special Winter Livery Paint, carbon fiber wheels, and other exotic bobs and bits not the least of which is that holy of Bologna holies, a dry clutch.

Start wheedling now, Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models will be available in Ducati dealerships starting from January 2023, while the V4 SP2 version will arrive starting from March 2023. Read on, in the Queen’s English, for the full glorious scoop.

Ducati Press Release:

Ducati unveils new Streetfighter V4 2023 and Streetfighter V4 SP2: the “Fight Formula” evolution
  • Ducati Streetfighter V4 family evolves, applying the developments of the Panigale V4 range to the “Fight Formula”
  • New chassis set-up and more extensive and effective electronic package: new torque curves differentiated gear by gear, Wet Riding Mode, Full Engine Mode
  • The Streetfighter V4 SP2 adds the exclusive technical specifications of the “SP” models to the evolution of the “Fight Formula” to express its full potential on the track

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 20 October 2022 – In the fifth episode of the 2023 Ducati World Première web series, Ducati presented the new Streetfighter V4 family.

With the V4 and V4 S models, together with the more exclusive and performing V4 SP2, Ducati continues in the application and evolution of the winning “Fight Formula” to remain at the top of the segment with an unrivalled level of equipment.

Unveiled to the public in 2020, the Streetfighter V4 was an instant success and set new performance benchmarks in the super sports naked segment. Universally appreciated for its aggressive and minimalist aesthetic, characterized by a front inspired by the Joker of the comics, the Streetfighter V4 immediately entered the hearts of enthusiasts.

V4 S in Red

The natural evolution of the family is a bike that pushes the concepts of the “Fight Formula” even further, the key elements of which are the Panigale V4 stripped of the fairings, high and wide handlebar, 178 kg (392 lbs) weight, 208 hp Desmosedici Stradale engine, biplane wings and latest generation electronic package. An improvement that follows that of the Panigale V4 family.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 2023 transmits sportiness, thanks to the standard single-seater configuration with saddle and passenger footrests supplied.

V4 S in Grey Nero

The design of the Streetfighter V4 is direct and minimal, with its full-LED front light and its V-shaped DRL that recalls the Panigale V4’s front view. The low, forward-canted front, as to extend the strong lines of the tank, gives the bike a predator look.

The fuel tank has the same shapes as on the Panigale V4 2022, which are designed to better support the rider during braking and cornering. It has a greater capacity (17 litres or 4.5 gallons) and is embraced by new side covers.

V4 S in Grey Nero

The new “Front Frame” and the Desmosedici Stradale are left uncovered as much as possible, with a minimal bodywork that, through streamlined lines and sculptural volumes, create a clean, essential ensemble. In the V4 S version, the Streetfighter 2023 is available in a new, gritty “Grey Nero” livery, played on the contrast between the grey and the various black tones – dark and lucid – of the bodywork, that bring out the technical components like brakes and suspension and give the motorcycle an ever more aggressive, but still refined look.


The new Streetfighter V4 implements the Power Modes logic already developed in the Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S with calibrations dedicated to the Desmosedici Stradale engine in the Streetfighter configuration. There are four engine delivery strategies: Full, High, Medium, Low. Full and Low are newly devised, while High and Medium have been revised in strategy. Full Power Mode allows the engine to express its full potential with torque curves without electronic filters, except for first gear. For the High and Medium Power Modes, a new Ride by Wire map management system has been developed with dedicated calibration for each of the six gears, which ensures the rider always obtains the optimum thrust every time the throttle is opened. The Low Power Mode, on the other hand, has been designed for riding on low-grip surfaces, limiting the maximum power of the bike to 165 hp and offering a particularly manageable throttle response. The calibrations dedicated to the Streetfighter V4 guarantee maximum correlation between the torque value required by the rider and that actually delivered.

The Streetfighter V4 in the 2023 version sees the introduction of the brand-new Wet Riding Mode to make riding even safer on low-grip surfaces. The standard equipment is enriched by a lithium-ion battery for the S version (1.7 kg lighter (3.7 lbs) than the previous one and already equipped on the V4 SP version).

The dashboard of the new Streetfighter V4 also follows the evolution traced by the Panigale V4. The graphics are revised in all views, to make the information simpler and more descriptive and support in the calibration of the various parameters.

As on the Panigale V4, the gear change is indicated via an external green LED signal. The dashboard offers the “Track Evo” display mode, which replicates the layout used on the MotoGP Desmosedici and guarantees an immediate view of the most important information and the intervention of the electronic controls.

These should work even better with the new ABS calibration.

The Streetfighter V4 2023 also evolves thanks to the new Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software which guarantees better stability, precision and directionality in the braking and corner entry phases and the possibility for the rider to define more precisely the electronic setup for each use. This software features a different gear-by-gear calibration on each of the three selectable levels. The new strategy was developed to optimize the intensity of the engine brake as a function of the load on the rear end. In the first braking phase, when there is little load on the rear tyre, the EBC EVO 2 provides less engine brake, then increasing it as you approach the centre of the corner, where the intervention of the engine brake makes the greatest contribution in slowing down the bike and closing the line. Thanks to this modification, which guarantees a more balanced intervention of the control on the engine brake in all riding conditions, the locking of the rear wheel in the most demanding braking sections is also reduced.

The Streetfighter V4 ’23 implements also a new strategy for the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) which improves the fluidity of shifting at every degree of opening of the throttle, both when the latter is partialized and when it is completely open, dealing with the two situations in a different way.

In partialized throttle shifting, the strategy acts both through an injection cut and a reduction of advance, making shifting in road use smoother thanks to the absence of engine shutdowns and re-starts. In fully open throttle shifting, typical of track use, the DQS strategy is refined with an evolution of the torque restitution phase that guarantees more stability to the bike and a more homogeneous and therefore more profitable thrust in the lap time.

Finally, an update of the cooling fan control strategy, which offers better management of operating temperatures and greater thermal comfort for the rider already at typical road use speeds, is added to these electronic changes.

Chassis and ergonomics

On the new Streetfighter V4, the chassis also follows the evolution of the Panigale V4 family to offer enthusiasts improvements in stability, front-end feeling and riding safety. The chassis includes Front Frame and single-sided swingarm, both in aluminium, with upside-down fork and mechanically adjustable shock absorber on the V4 standard version.

Smart suspension for the S and SP2

The Streetfighter V4 S features semi-active Öhlins suspension (NIX30 upside-down 43 mm fork and TTX36 shock absorber) with SmartEC 2.0 interface, gaining in versatility, effectiveness and rapidity in set-up. In addition, on the V4 S version, the rims are Marchesini forged in aluminium alloy with important benefits in terms of nimbleness when changing direction and responsiveness in acceleration and braking thanks to the reduction of unsprung masses.

As on the Panigale V4, the swingarm pivot of the Streetfighter V4 2023 is positioned 4 mm higher, increasing the anti-squat action that helps the rider thanks to greater stability, precision and the ability to maintain the trajectory when exiting corners and, in general, in all acceleration situations.

The weight distribution also moves towards the front, loading it more and thus increasing accuracy and speed in corner entry. Finally, the ergonomics benefit from the new layout of the fuel tank, the shape of which offers greater support to the rider during braking and cornering. The wet weight of the Streetfighter V4 S 2023 stands at 197.5 kg (435 lbs).


The 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale, capable of delivering 208 hp at 13,000 rpm and 123 Nm (90.7 lb-ft) in Euro-5 configuration, has been revised in calibration to match the larger diameter of the silencer outlet, introduced in order to reduce the exhaust back pressure. In addition, on the right side there is the clutch cover of the Panigale V4, which allows you to easily mount the dry clutch and the clutch cover protection.

Streetfighter V4 SP2

To push the performance of the Streetfighter V4 2023 even further, Ducati also presents the top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP2 model in a numbered version. A bike ready to hit the track, thanks to exclusive technical equipment that combines the “Fight Formula” with the “SP” specifications, making it even more effective in sports riding and in particular on the track.

Streetfighter V4 SP2 is offered in the “Winter Test” livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati taking inspiration from the Ducati Corse bikes used during the pre-season tests of the MotoGP and SBK Championships. The matt black of the bodywork, combined with the matt carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasts with the bright red accents and the brilliance of the exposed brushed aluminium tank, which we also find on the side covers of the radiators. The progressive number of the bike is lasered on the handlebar.

Streetfighter V4 SP2 is equipped with 5 split-spoke carbon rims*, 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs) lighter than the forged aluminium ones mounted on the Streetfighter V4 S and able to reduce the moment of inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, making the bike significantly more nimble and lighter when changing direction. The Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers* guarantee high braking power, as well as exceptionally consistent performance even in the case of prolonged use on the track*.

On the Streetfighter V4 SP2 the Desmosedici Stradale is equipped with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch*, which guarantees a better slipper function, even in the most aggressive of climbs, and more fluidity in all “off-throttle” phases, essential to be effective on the track when riding at the limit.

A contribution to performance between the curbs also comes from the Öhlins suspension with springs and hydraulics identical to those of the Panigale V4 which guarantee the rider the right confidence for riding at the limit.

The equipment is completed by adjustable aluminium foot-pegs machined from solid that increase the lean angle and allow the rider to find the optimal position in the saddle, carbon front mudguard and by usable accessories on “track days,” such as an open carbon clutch cover**, a cap for removing the license plate holder and screws for removing the mirrors**.

Colours and availability

The Streetfighter V4 and V4 S models will be available in Ducati dealerships starting from January 2023, while the V4 SP2 version will arrive starting from March 2023. The colour range consists of Ducati Red and the new “Grey Nero” livery, which will be available only for the “S” version.

There is a wide range of accessories, which allow you to customize the Streetfighter V4 making it even sportier, starting with the Ducati Performance by Akrapovič full-racing exhaust**. Equipped with high silencers at the side of the tail, it allows a reduction of the total weight of 5 kilos and raises the maximum power to 220 hp. Noise is within the limit of 105 dB (102 dB with the dB killer installed).

The accessories catalogue also features street-legal slip-on systems, mudguards, aero kit and carbon fibre frame and crankcase protections, billet aluminium controls, but also tyre warmers and stands for those who want to use their Streetfighter V4 on the circuit.

The presentation videos of the new Streetfighters are available on Ducati’s YouTube channel.

* Bike specifications and dealer availability may vary from market to market

** This product is intended for vehicles used only in closed-course circuit. Operation on public roads is prohibited by law


Ducati Streetfighter V4

Ducati Streetfighter V4 S

Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

Engine TypeDesmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled
Bore x Stroke81 x 53.5 mm
Compression Ratio14.0:1
Power208 hp at 13,000 rpm (claimed)
Torque90.4 lb-ft. at 9,500 rpm (claimed)
Fuel InjectionElectronic fuel injection system. Twin injectors per cylinder. Full ride-by-wire elliptical throttle bodies.
Exhaust4-2-1-2 system, with 2 catalytic converters and 2 lambda probes
Transmission6 speed with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2
Primary DriveStraight cut gears; Ratio 1.80:1
Gear Ratios1=38/14 2=36/17 3=33/19 4=32/21 5=30/22 6=30/24
Final DriveChain; Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 42
ClutchHydraulically controlled slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch. Self bleeding master cylinderHydraulically controlled slipper dry clutch. Self bleeding master cylinder
FrameAluminum alloy “Front Frame”
Front SuspensionFully adjustable Showa BPF fork. 43 mm chromed inner tubes; 4.7 inches of travelÖhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear SuspensionFully adjustable Sachs unit. Aluminum single-sided swingarm; 5.1 inches of travelFully adjustable Ohlins 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 Wheel5-spokes light alloy 3.50″ x 17″3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 3.50″ x 17″5-split spoke carbon fiber 3.50″ x 17″
Rear Wheel5-spokes light alloy 6.00” x 17”3-spokes forged aluminum alloy 6.00″ x 17″5-split spoke carbon fiber 6.00″ x 17″
Front TirePirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa 120/70 ZR17
Rear TirePirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa 200/60 ZR17
Front Brake2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monoblock Stylema (M4.30) 4-piston calipers with Cornering ABS EVO. Self bleeding master cylinder.2 x 330 mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Brembo Monobloc Stylema R 4-piston calipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Self bleeding master cylinder
Rear Brake245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Cornering ABS EVO245 mm disc, 2-piston caliper with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO
InstrumentationLast generation digital unit with 5″ TFT color display
Dry Weight397 lb (claimed)392 lb (claimed)390 lb (claimed)
Kerb Weight444 lb (claimed)434 lb (claimed)433 lb (claimed)
Seat Height33.3 inches
Wheelbase58.6 inches
Rake/Trail24.5°/4.0 inches
Fuel Capacity4.49 gallons
Number Of Seats21
Safety EquipmentRiding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2, Auto tire calibrationRiding Modes, Power Modes, Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2, Auto tire calibration
Standard EquipmentDucati Power Launch (DPL), Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) up/down EVO 2, Full LED lighting with Daytime Running Light (DRL)*, Sachs steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators, Passenger seat coverDucati 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 Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators, Marchesini aluminum forged wheels, Lithium-ion battery, Passenger seat coverDucati 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 Ohlins suspension and steering damper, Quick adjustment buttons, Auto-off indicators, Carbon fiber wheels, Carbon fiber front mudguard, Wings in carbon fiber, Adjustable rider footpegs in aluminum with heel guard in carbon fiber, Lithium-ion battery
Provided EquipmentPassenger seat and footpegsCarbon fiber open clutch cover, removing license plate holder kit, removing mirrors screws kit
Ready ForDucati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), Anti-theft, Heating grips
Warranty24 months unlimited mileage
Service Intervals7,500 miles / 12 months
Valve Adjustments15,000 miles

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  • Jack Meoph Jack Meoph on Oct 21, 2022

    I know this thing stomps, but I've never liked the Streetfighter, just too ugly. Not that I could afford it anyways, but yeah, bleck.

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Oct 23, 2022

    I have to admit that although I consider myself a rational person, I would buy the SP2 in a minute if I could only manage the seat height. The more expensive the bike, the less I am willing to trust dropping the thing at a stop, but I am a nutcase for technology and this is the most technologically advanced upright sportbike yet. (M1000R fanciers might disagree, but they have no soul 😉)