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Ducati to Replace Panigale with V4 Superbike
CEO Claudio Domenicali just confirmed Ducati will build a V4 Superbike for the consumer market, according to Motorcycle News. This bike will replace the Panigale first on the street, then on the track in leagues like World Superbike.
Speaking to reporters after the livestream reveal of it's new MotoGP bikes, Domenicali said Ducati will continue to race the Panigale in WSB this year and in 2018, according to Motomatters.com editor David Emmett.
``So chances are we will see a new Ducati V4 Superbike in 2018, race it in 2019 or 2020,'' Emmett said on Twitter. He added, ``Domenicali said it would be at a normal, premium-Superbike price. My guess is tens of thousands, not hundreds of thousands.''
This is exciting for so many reasons!
1. The Panigale will now be an end-of-an-era bike, as the last V-twin Ducati Superbike.
2. Ducati can now take on Aprilia with smaller, more powerful engines.
3. This could easily bleed into the Supernaked category, and the Monster needs it.
1999 M900 City, 2008 S4RS Tricolore, 2013 1199 ABS (RIP), 2014 MTS 1200S PP, 2015 Diavel Carbon, 2016 Panigale R