Ducati makes some of the most manic motorcycles, whether they’re meant to decimate the trails or set the track on fire. And when its engineers are in the ‘mood’ to up the insane quotient even further, they roll out specific trims with the suffix ‘SP’ which in Ducati’s lingo, denotes ‘Sport Production’. Ducati India has now unleashed one such insanity on our streets, pegged as the Streetfighter V4 SP. Priced at INR 34.99 Lakh, it’s an even more hardcore version of the already bonkers Streetfighter V4 S. But what makes it a go-fast-er motorcycle around the track?
Sinister Winter Test Livery
Not just because of its performance but even when it comes to its looks, the Streetfighter V4 is borderline extra-terrestrial! And since the SP is all about being extra, it comes donned in the sinister ‘Winter Test’ livery which is inspired by Ducati’s WSBK and MotoGP motorcycles that get ridden in their pre-season tests.
Go-Fast-Er Around The Track
Even though the engineers at Ducati are no less than rocket scientists, they know that for a motorcycle to go fast around the bends, major weight saving measures need to be implemented. The Streetfighter V4 SP uses lighter components and as a result, it weighs 2.5kg less than the V4 S.
The India-spec V4 SP has strangely ditched carbon rims for Marchesini forged magnesium wheels. However, they’re still 0.9kg lighter than the forged aluminium wheels that do the job on the V4 S. According to the Italian marquee, the lighter wheels have reduced the overall inertia by 26 percent at the front and 46 percent at the rear. This should result in almost telepathic handling of the V4 SP.
While the V4 SP utilizes the same chassis as the V4 S, it uses different springs for the Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension as the fork spring preload is down from 11mm to 6mm. Also summoned by Ducati are the new top-shelf Brembo Stylema R calipers at the front while. Other exclusive-to-the-SP bits include a carbon front mudguard, a lithium-ion battery and CNC machined footpegs.
No changes have been made to the tarmac-scorching 1,103cc, V4-cylinder, liquid-cooled Desmosedici Stradale engine which still puts down 208bhp and 123Nm of peak torque.
Putting a leash on such psychotic performance is a trunk full of electronic aids such as launch control, engine brake control, traction control, cornering ABS, slide control, wheelie control and more.