Featured New metal: Ducati unveils Streetfighter V4 Super Naked

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  1. Simon

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    Ducati has launched its eagerly-awaited Super Naked; the Streetfighter V4. There will be two versions to choose from; the base model, with a price of £17,595, and a higher-spec ‘S’ version, costing £19,795, with both landing in dealers in March 2020.

    The Streetfighter uses the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine, making a claimed 208hp at 12,750rpm, with 90.4lbft of torque at 11,500rpm. Tuned for street riding and targeting acceleration rather than top-end speed, Ducati claims the Streetfighter V4 actually has 31% morerear-wheel torque at 60mph than the Panigale sportsbike.

    Both machines share the same engine and performance figures but the S has forged aluminium Marchesini wheels, Ohlins NIX30 electronically-controlled forks, an Ohlins TTX36 rear shock, and an Ohlins electronic steering damper, whereas the entry-level bike is equipped with passive Showa BPF forks and a Sachs rear unit, plus a conventional Sachs steering damper. An optional race-spec Akrapovic is available for both versions, lopping 6kg off the kerb weight while increasing power to an incredible 220hp.

    The bikes come with Ducati’s Panigale-spec electronics package as standard including 6D IMU, cornering ABS, Ducati’s new ‘Evo 2’ version of its ‘DTC’ traction control system, ‘Ducati Slide Control’ (DSC), wheelie control, launch control, an up/down quick-shifter, engine braking control and three riding modes.

    However, despite all these rider aids, it’s the bikes wings which have generated the most interest and scrutiny. Ducati claims they assist downforce and stability; at 270km/h (168mph), they produce 28kg of downforce to keep the front wheel down and add stability (20kg is on the front wheel, 8kg on the rear). Perfect for that daily commute.

    Seems like the Super Naked segment just got a whole lot more competitive.

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