Star of the event?
Ducati invited InsideRACING last October to Italy weeks ahead of Milan’s EICMA Motorcycle Show to reveal its new 2020 models.
Palacongressi Di Rimini
The Ducati 2020 World Premiere event was held in Rimini, Italy this year. The Italian motorcycle manufacturer invited its global dealer network, including Ducati Philippines, and the international media to the famous summer Italian beach town to show their latest and best models for the forthcoming year.
Ducati Philippines with InsideRacing and C!Magazine
The event was held at the Palacongressi Di Rimini and it was no less than Ducati’s top honcho Paolo Domenicali who presented on stage for more than one hour.
Here is a summary of the new machines Ducati will be selling next year.
Streetfighter V4 and V4 S
Ducati Streetfighter V4
Undoubtedly for many, the star of the world premiere was the new Ducati Streetfighter V4 and Streetfighter V4 S.
Now based on the Ducati Panigale V4 with the same 1,103 cc V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine that produces 208 hp but reprogrammed to produce more torque at the lower rpm range!
For 2020, the new Streetfighter now also offer the same chassis as the V4 Panigale but without the bodywork. It receives a minimalist LED light, single-piece handlebar and biplane winglets developed by Ducati in MotoGP, as well as the full electronics suite mitigated by the Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
The base Streetfighter model will have Sachs forks and a Showa shock, while the Streetfighter S gets electronic Öhlins suspension, an electronic steering damper and forged Marchesini aluminum wheels.
Longtime Ducati owner and experienced Filipino racer Miguel Bichara of Club 200 said that, for him, the Streetfighter is more suitable for adrenaline-filled daily rides due to its high riding position. The Italian flair and performance of the V4 Panigale without the backache!
Panigale V4 and V4 S
The standard Panigale V4: Now with Wings!
The Ducati Panigale V4 superbike that has unprecedented sales success in 2018, has gained further improvements for 2020.
The most noticeable and lust worthy is the new bodywork adapted from the mighty V4 R superbike. These include the famous front winglets that provide a claimed 66 pounds of downforce at 168 mph. It also sports a revised and improved cooling ducts.
Further improvements include reducing the stiffness in the front frame, raising the center of gravity by 5 mm and softening the spring rate to allow for a more compliant chassis on turn in.
Ohlins Suspension for the Panigale S
Electronic suspension for the Panigale S
The base Panigale comes with conventionally adjusted suspension, while the Panigale V4 S gets electronic Öhlins.
The baby Panigale will be known simply as the Panigale V2 in 2020.
It now looks more exotic and more premium than the 959 with the addition of a new single-sided swingarm and bodywork that is closely based on the Panigale V4. It also has a full color TFT dash previously available only on the bigger Panigales.
Single sided swingarm like a proper modern Ducati Superbike
The Panigale V2 is still powered by the 955 cc Superquadro V-twin motor, which outputs 155 hp, but it’s now Euro-5 compliant thanks to a new exhaust and ECU mapping.
Like any modern topline liter superbike available on the market, the Panigale V2 also now has new electronics in the Bosch IMU and Cornering ABS, a new up and down quickshifter as well as traction, wheelie and engine brake controls.
Pure and traditional Ducati V2 Superbike
With a 338-pound (dry weight) package, the smallest Panigale in Ducati’s 2020 range will still be one of the fastest superbike on the market.
Guest superbike test rider and 2019 Ducati Cup champion BJ Ang will test this new baby in Jerez, Spain later this November.
Ducati Scrambler Icon Dark
Scrambler Icon Dark
After five years since its global intro, Ducati adds another model to its Scrambler range for 2020.
The new Scrambler Icon Dark follows an old Ducati tradition of a more affordable Dark models.
Excellent L-twin 803cc engine is now Euro 5-compliant
The Scrambler Dark has a Matte Dark color theme and comes with the standard Icon 803cc L-twin engine and the Kabaya suspension.
Looks good in Matte Black
As expected, the Icon Dark’s most interesting feature is its price which will be significantly lower than the regular Icon. Though nothing is confirmed, Ducati Philippines hinted that maybe close to the original Icon’s price from 4 years ago.
Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour
Multistrada 1260 S GT
The latest V-twin-powered Multistrada 1260 S Grand Tour will be Ducati’s ultimate long-distance sport tourer.
It i still powered by the 1,262 cc Ducati Testastretta DVT engine producing 158 hp, 95 ft lbs of torque.
At 525 pounds, the 2020 Grand Tour gets new paint and graphics, integrated panniers, an electric fuel cap, tire pressure monitoring system, heated grips and fog lamps, all as standard equipment.
Thank you Ducati Philippines!
We will again see a few of these models here in the Philippines for the first time by end of March 2020 at Asia’s biggest motorcycle only show, the IR Bike Festival and Trade Show at the World Trade Center.
Which one is your favorite and what do you think about these new models? Comment below.