When was the last time you saw a motorcycle with the front end that ‘evokes the grin of the Joker’. Well, you’re looking at one right now, or err…reading about it at least. The best part is that it has finally been launched in India, for a starting price of Rs 19.99 lakh. And that’s just for the standard version, if you want the full-blown ‘S’ treatment, that’s an additional Rs 3 lakh (Rs 22.99 lakh). Also, the Streetfighter V4 is also first all-new BS6-compliant Ducati in India.

From a design standpoint, the Streetfighter V4 and V4 S very much fall in the ‘Ducati family design’ bracket. Which basically means they’re red, imposing and distinct – which is easy to tell from the V-shaped DRLs right upfront. Moreover, it gets a higher & wider handlebar and slightly more upright positing for the footpegs. More importantly, the Streetfighter V4 is powered by a 1103cc, Desmosedici Stradale, V4 engine that produces 205-bhp of peak power at 12,750rpm and 123-Nm of peak torque at 9,500rpm – which isn’t very different from the Panigale V4.

In terms of suspension, the Streetfighter V4 mounts 43mm Showa Big Piston Forks (BPF) at the front. The fork bodies house chrome sliders with Brembo radial calliper mountings, while the Sachs steering damper completes the front-end package. At the rear, there is a fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber, one side of which is attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine via a forged aluminium bracket. In case you’re wondering about those ‘biplane’ wings, they’ve been developed by Ducati Corse aerodynamicists. In fact, they generate 28 kilograms of downforce at 270 kmph.

The Streetfighter V4 S, instead, is equipped with an Öhlins 43mm NIX-30 fork, an Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and an Öhlins steering damper. On this version, suspension and steering damper are controlled by the second-generation Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 system which, among other things, features the new OBTi (Objective Based Tuning Interface). Furthermore, it comes with three riding modes – Race, Sport and Street. There’s a lot more besides to make sure you stay on the straight and narrow.

The Streetfighter V4 also comes with a 5-inch TFT colour screen and has the ability to mount the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), as well. This lets riders take incoming calls, select and listen to music tracks or receive text messages via a Bluetooth link. When the rider mounts the motorcycle, the smartphone automatically connects to the bike via Bluetooth, letting the rider control the main multimedia functions.

Impressive, no? By the way, if you want the super special ‘Dark Stealth’ paint job, which only comes in the V4 S, that’s an additional Rs 20,000. The V4 and V4 S otherwise only comes in the ‘Ducati Red’ paint scheme. All that’s left is to sample this particularly appetizing Italian dish, but only once the time is right. Until then, take care and stay safe!