This limited-edition fantasy will come with Multi-wings, 234hp, carbon-fiber frame and body, and an eye-watering price tag

It’s finally coming. Leaked information and pictures from a special event hosted by Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali gave us the first glimpses of the Panigale V4 Superleggera. And the specs are going to blow your mind.

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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The Superleggera V4 (Superlight V4) was previously dubbed as the ‘Project 1708’ and was going to be a feather-light yet powerful monster. And to keep this 335 lbs machine pinned down to the asphalt, we now know that Ducati has made use of the Desmosedici GP16 winglets-the biplane wings- that generate 110 lbs of downforce at 167 mph.

This confirms the fact that the Superleggera is a “masterpiece of engineering and design” curated along the sides of a MotoGP machine, rather than a WSBK Superbike for which the original V4 R was developed. The intent is quite serious and abundantly clear with the way the honchos have gone with the weight-saving measures.

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Taking a step ahead from the 1299 Superleggera, which already hosted a lashing of carbon-fiber treatment all around, the V4 Superleggera additionally makes use of that fancy material even on the main structural frame section plus the subframe, swingarm, and wheels. This exercise alone shaves 17 lbs off the chassis when compared to the V4 R. Then, of course, there is a carbon-fiber bodywork that is 2.4 lbs lighter.

The weight shedding takes on a serious note with the internals of the Desmosedici Stradale R as well with lightweight titanium camshafts, screws, and a dry clutch shaving 6 lbs. This takes the performance figures to 224 hp and 85.3 lb-ft of torque. Add the Akrapovic titanium full racing exhaust system, and we are told the power figures go all the way to an astronomical 234 hp and 86.8 lb-ft of torque.

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera
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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Aluminum rear sprocket and a Regina ORAW2 Racing chain pull off 3.1 lbs. The suspension units get an upgraded setup with titanium springs and GP valves that reduce the friction of the shims, saving another 1.3 lbs. New rear link, milled footpegs and levers, and a triple top clamp give away 1 lbs, while aluminum and titanium fasteners add another 0.7 lbs of savings.

The Superleggera will be limited to just 500 units, with each of them produced with a matching number for the bike sequence, frame and key fob, and will be laser etched. They will also be provided with a Racing Kit shipped in a dedicated box containing the Akrapovic exhaust unit, carbon-fiber dry clutch, bike cover, DDA+, carbon and titanium swingarm cover, mirror block off plates, number plate cover, and light covers.

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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And the price for this staggering, yet a road-legal machine, is a cool 6 figure digit: $ 100,000. That’s a $ 60,000 jump from the V4 R it is based on. It’ll get the GP19 liveries with Pirelli rubber. Production will begin in April 2020, while deliveries will start from May 2020.

Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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224 hp and 85.3 lb-ft of torque
Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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335 lbs dry weight
Ducati to unleash the most extreme version of their famed V4 R superbike: the V4 Superleggera Exterior Screenshots / Gameplay
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Aluminum rear sprocket and a Regina ORAW2 Racing chain

Source: A&R

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