Ducati Unveils The 2022 Streetfighter V2 And Streetfighter V4 SP

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Meet the Streetfighter family

Today, Ducati announced the creation of a new family of motorcycles by expanding the Streetfighter line to include two new members. The first is an all-new model the Streetfighter V2, which Ducati is describing as the gateway into the Streetfighter family. From the V2 moniker, it’s not much of a stretch to figure out where the engine came from, but we’ll get to that in a minute. The second entry into the line is the upscale Streetfighter V4 SP, which takes the V4 S and turns it up to 11 (much in the way that the modified V4 S we recently tested did). So, let’s take a look at the new Ducatis on the block.

Streetfighter V2

Based on the potent Panigale V2, but shorn of its fairing, the Streetfighter V2 has performance credentials we can admire. Now, sit the rider in a more upright riding position with a wide handlebar, and it’s a prescription for hooliganism.

The engine is the 955 cc Euro 5-compliant Superquadro, which Ducati claims produces 153 hp at 10,750 rpm with 74.8 lb-ft of torque. To make the power produced by those dual 100 mm x 60.8 mm cylinders more responsive at street speeds, the engineers shortened the final gear ratio to 15/45 (from 15/43). This makes sense since the bike’s natural playground would primarily range from urban environments to mountain passes. While this doesn’t preclude track days, the Streetfighter, with its more upright and spread out riding position (complete with a wider, softer saddle), is by its very nature street-focused.

In making the transition from a track weapon to a street hooligan, the chassis was the focus of many of the design’s changes from the Panigale. For example, the single-sided swingarm is 16 mm longer for added stability. The 43 mm Show BPF fork and the Sachs shock were calibrated with street riding in mind, but they maintain the ability to be adjusted to track-suitable settings. Tires are the new Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV in 120/70 ZR17 and 180/60 ZR17 for quick response, confident grip, and reasonable wear characteristics. Although the brake system was lifted directly from the Panigale V2, less aggressive pads were incorporated for street-dominant use.

Electronics for the Streetfighter V2 can also trace their lineage directly to the Panigale V2. A 6-axis IMU powers the electronics suite, which includes: ABS Cornering EVO with “slide by brake” functionality, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift up/down (DQS) EVO 2, and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO. Three ride modes are available: Sport, Road, and Wet. All of the settings for this functionality is access via the 4.3-in. TFT screen with an interface based on the Streetfighter V4’s menu system. Full-LED lighting and a distinctive DRL will make sure that others see you coming.

Ducati already has a raft of accessories available for the Streetfighter V2, including wings (in either plastic or carbon fiber)! The 2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2 will be arriving in showrooms in December 2021 and will be available in red with black rims for a $16,995 MSRP.

Streetfigher V4 SP

The Streetfighter V4 SP is designed for those who don’t think that the Streetfighter V4 S goes far enough. Well, now you can get your performance-updated SP straight from the factory without involving all those middlemen.

The biggest changes between the V4 S and the SP come in the chassis. The forged aluminum rims from the S were replaced with a set of five split-spoke carbon rims that Ducati claims are just over 3 lb. lighter. That’s a lot of rotating mass, and Ducati claims it reduces inertia by 26% at the front and 46%, making an already light-steering motorcycle even lighter. While the front brake rotors maintain their 330mm diameter, the calipers are now Brembo Stylemas R models for an even higher claimed performance. Similarly, the electronic suspension sees an upgrade to the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0.

The engine received an important modifications, too. The 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale sports a STM-EVO SBK dry clutch for better hop-resistance during high-rpm downshifts and that all important dry clutch rattle to turn heads.

For the bling factor (and to reduce weight), some of the Ducati factory accessories were installed. A carbon front fender and open clutch cover look sporty. A lithium battery will save a significant amount of weight, while other accessories, like CNC-machined aluminum footpegs, add to the track-worthiness of the V4 SP.

However, you’ll have to wait until January 2022 to get your gloves on the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP. From the looks of the specs and the beautiful “Winter Test” livery, inspired Ducati Corse motorcycles ridden in MotoGP and SBK Championships pre-season tests. What you get is a brushed aluminum tank matched with black matte bodywork that links the visuals to the carbon rims. Each bike will be numbered and feature hand-painted Italian flag colors out the outer edge of the carbon wings. You get a lot of style for a $35,500 cost of admission.

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Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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  • Jonathan Justman Jonathan Justman on Nov 13, 2021

    I like the V2 but I think it's priced wrong. Most people like to spice up their Ducati's with some Ducati Performance parts,but if you add just the slip-on which costs $4,500 (!) you're already over the price of the base V4. Maybe it's just the Ducati Performance parts which are priced wrong - like outrageous.

  • Gabriel Owens Gabriel Owens on Nov 19, 2021

    I've already seen a video review of the v2 on YouTube and the reviewer was extremely impressed.