Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race

These two fiery RED’s open the taps on an abandoned runway. Which bike is your money on, the lighter naked or the slippery faired bike?

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When talking superbikes and super naked bikes, Ducati is arguably sitting at the top of the charts with its Streetfighter V4 and the Ducati Panigale V4.

Wondering which one’s faster between the two? Then, let this super special drag race between the two Ducati siblings should help you answer just that.

The Contenders

Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race
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The Ducati Streetfighter V4S (MY 2020) used a 1,103cc, V4 engine which made 205hp and 90 lb-ft

Waving the naked motorcycle flag is the Ducati Streetfighter V4S, the top-spec variant of the Streetfighter. The bike is powered by a Panigale V4-derived 1,103cc, V4 mill which makes 205 horsepower and 90.72 pound-feet (2020 model). Fully laden, the bike weighs 438-pounds and has no fairings to help deflect the wind at illegal speeds.

Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race
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Meanwhile, the Panigale used here was the top-spec V4R that employed a 998cc, V4 engine making a massive 221hp but with 83 lb-ft

On the superbike side, we have a Ducati Panigale V4R. Bear in mind, the V4R was introduced with a smaller 998cc, V4 engine, mainly to make the Panigale V4 adhere to WSBK norms, which only alloys sub-1000cc bikes. Anyway, even with the smaller engine, the V4R makes 221 horsepower and 83 pound-feet while tipping the scales at 425 pounds. Yes, the fully-faired V4R is lighter than the stripped-down Streetfighter V4!

Ducati Streetfighter V4S vs Ducati Panigale V4R Drag Race

Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race
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With less weight, more power, and better aerodynamics, the Ducati Panigale V4R takes the lead and surges past the naked Streetfighter

With more power, less weight, and better aerodynamics, the odds are definitely in favor of the Ducati Panigale V4R and that’s exactly what the race dictates, too.

Round 1

As soon as the race starts, the Ducati Panigale V4R gets the jump on the Streetfighter V4S and powers through ahead of the naked. In fact, the Panigale keeps stretching its advantage till the very end of the race, recording a quarter-mile time of 10.233 seconds.

Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race
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Also, interestingly, the fully-faired Panigale V4R actually weighs less than the stripped-down Streetfighter V4

The V4S, though, is no slouch and comes in with an equally impressive time of 10.516 seconds, especially considering there’s no front fairing here which makes the bike harder to launch.

Round 2

For the second race, the rider swap seats and it just cements the Panigale’s win as the sportbike records a staggering quarter-mile time of 10.050 seconds. Meanwhile, the Streetfighter V4S manages only 11.236 seconds, probably due to some rider error.

What Did We Learn?

Sibling Rivalry: Ducati Streetfighter V4S Takes On A Ducati Panigale V4R In A Drag Race
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However, the second run is where the Panigale V4R truly shows its prowess. Swipe up to watch the video and see how things unfold in round two.

Simply put, the Streetfighter V4S is no match for the more powerful Panigale V4R. But there’s no denying the fact that the former is one of THE fastest naked motorcycles you can buy, thanks to its staggering quarter-mile time.

Watch the full video here:

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