Ducati has tweaked its flagship superbike sold in India to meet the BS6 norms in India, which is the Panigale V4. The 2021 Panigale V4 is priced at Rs 23.50 lakh for the standard variant, while the ‘S’ variant is priced at Rs 28.40 lakh (ex-showroom, India, respectively). Compared to the outgoing model, the standard V4 is now dearer by approximately Rs 80,000, whereas the ‘S’ variant costs nearly Rs 1.90 lakh more than the previous generation.
While the Panigale V4 continues to offer the same 1,103cc 90-degree V4 engine that delivers 214bhp and 124Nm of torque as before. What has changed is the exhaust, which now uses a larger catalyst (+10 mm in length) and a new technology of impregnation of noble metals, which help meet stricter BS6 emission norms. Also worth mentioning is that the aero winglets that were previously only available on the V4 R have trickled down to the V4 and V4 S models.
Additional tweaks to the 2021 Panigale V4 include subtle changes in the chassis and suspension setup, making the bike more user-friendly and easier to ride. Other minor additions include the latest Ducati traction control system, a provision for heated grips, a new ignition key design and a self-bleeding clutch and brake master cylinder.
On the other hand, the ‘S’ variant offers a lot more to its customers by featuring a lithium-ion battery (lead battery in the standard), an electronically-controlled Ohlins suspension, and forged aluminium wheels. All this helps brings the overall curb weight of the Panigale V4 S to just 195 kgs.
With the launch of the Panigale V4 and the Ducati Diavel 1260 earlier today, the Italian superbike manufacturer has already delivered on 8 of the 12 bike launches they have planned for India for the year 2021. Earlier in the month, Ducati launched the Streetfighter V4 earlier this month and revamped Hypermotard 950 is due to launch in India soon.