- Super power inside
- 4 cylinders in V at 90 ° Desmosedici, 1,103cm3, 208 hp at 12,750 rpm, 178 kg dry, 22,990 euros
- Electronics at all levels
- In the saddle
- In the city
- Motorways and expressways
- Comfort / Duo
- The V4S in video
Super power inside
4 cylinders in V at 90 ° Desmosedici, 1,103cm3, 208 hp at 12,750 rpm, 178 kg dry, 22,990 euros
Everyone knows the Mostro, which has become Monster, the iconic roadster of the Bologna brand. Many fewer have in mind another machine in the same segment: the Streetfighter…. superlative translation of the roadster for a classic motorcyclist. At Ducati, it is quite simply the naked version of the Panigale, the sporty.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S leaves no one indifferent
The first appeared in 2008 on the basis of the 1098: L-twin with 155 horsepower, 117 Nm of engine power, barely modified chassis and look devastating from street boxers. Problem, she has trouble convincing her as her dynamic behavior is demanding, not to say delicate..
At the end of 2001, the Italian manufacturer threw on the asphalt the stripped-down version of its 848 circuit, as scantily dressed and alluring as its predecessor. Same first name, but with a 3-digit code. The beautiful savage is therefore easier to approach with its "only" 132 horsepower and 94 Nm of torque and a cycle part easier to take. The curtain falls on the sisters in 2013 for the largest, 2015 for the 848.
Problem, there was no more angry roadster at Ducati…. And therefore nothing to meet the competition in this market. And yet, there was plenty to create something exceptional on the new basis of Italian hyper sport: the impressive Panigale V4. The Italian brand did not wait long to realize its new “street” weapon. Unveiled at the end of 2019, bestiality retains its Streetfighter surname but the sign of an even more formidable code: V4. From an angry fighter, the machine has evolved into a hyper-shock mutant, adorned with superpowers to bring the galaxy of hyper roadsters in line..
We never tire of looking at the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S !
She doesn’t want you well. In any case, not on your license. That’s how it is, she doesn’t like pink. Nor the points. Her thing is blood red and fists … for the fight. The mega-fight !
An unexpected encounter on the road !
All in muscle and barely dressed, the beautiful becomes an ultramodern gladiator, wedging her curves in a minimalist and eminently suggestive dress. Its compact mask inspired by the face of the joker flares out in fins under the lights. Above, a thin V-shaped daylight strip underlines this raptor aesthetic and the whole supports the instrument block. This finesse contrasts sharply with the bodybuilt body of the naked V4. Its large chest seems totally sheltered behind a ridged shield. These are the two large radiators responsible for evacuating the ample heat from the engine (we will come back to this later).
At their top, 4 short ailerons in bi-plane arrangement (limits overflows) extended by winglets provide additional dynamic downforce: 28 kg at 270 km / h…. (20 kg on the front wheel, 8 kg on the rear wheel). But also appreciable values at lower speed. This equipment reduces front wheel "flutter" at high speeds. They also give the machine a sharper, more aggressive style..
Цhlins NIX30 inverted front fork, electronically adjustable, 120 mm travel
Behind them, scoops stretch out towards the 16-liter tank. Its front part adorned with mesh openings stashing the electronics. Fixed on these fluid volumes, the long rider saddle is dominated by an arrow-cut and ultra-short jump seat. The rear loop seems all the more compact as the wheelbase seems very long. The skin of this ultra-reduced stern forms two arches, the edges of which contain the lights.
The saddle of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
These sporty volumes are based on a rear frame, double steel plates bolted on the top of the cylinder heads of the rear cylinders and on the front frame with double aluminum hulls (4kg). This structure integrates the motor as a supporting element. And what engine…. The Ducati Desmosedici Stradale V4 is a 1.103 cc (81 x 53.5 mm) work of engineering. 4 valves per cylinder and desmodromic control (but no belts).
4-cylinder V engine 90 ° Desmosedici Stradale, 1.103 cm3
Here, chains and sprockets drive the system to be able to reach very high speeds. The admission is entrusted to four ovalized injection bodies connected to intake ducts at fixed height (variable on the Panigale V4 R) 70 mm long. We especially note a counter-rotating crankshaft limiting the gyroscopic effect of the wheels and their kinetic effect. Set at 70 °, the connecting rod crankpins thus deliver an ignition order of the "Twin Pulse" type: 90-200 / 90-340. The two rear cylinders then the two front. Clearly, the V4 works in Big-Bang and as a double L-twin. Enough to deposit and bring to life 208 hp at 12,750 rpm and output 123 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm. All for 199 kg…. (201 kg as standard). Note that 70% of the torque is available from 4,000 revolutions and 90% at 9,000 revolutions.
The transmission of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
Electronics at all levels
We do not leave such a cavalry without a master. The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S contains an arsenal of chips of all kinds.
Starting with an inertial unit (IMU) with three axes (6 directions) which monitors your progress at all times. The artificial intelligence manages the piloting aids, which are themselves preset differently according to three modes: Race, Sport and Street. These also modulate the response to acceleration and the adjustment of the piloted suspensions.
5 inch color TFT screen
But each profile can be personalized according to your preferences. Intuitive, the setting is simple to modify the many aids: traction control (DTC), slip control (DSC) and anti-wheeling (DWC) at 8 levels, ABS at 3 increments (adjusted on the central angle by its central Bosch 9.1 ME) and engine brake (EBC), setting of the quick shifter up and down (DQS) and the assisted start (DPL) on the circuit. Enough to reassure the pilot in the face of his mercenary and enter the arena with confidence. All in an unusual mechanical atmosphere that extends to two ultra-short profiled silencers at ground level.
245mm rear disc brake, twin piston caliper, EVO cornering ABS
Beside them, a massive aluminum swing arm transmits its movements to high-tech suspensions. The Ohlins components that equip the S version model are controlled by the Smart EC 2.0 electronics. The fully adjustable 43mm NIX fork is sealed with pressurized cartridges reducing oil volume and therefore weight. It adds the control of a Swedish steering cylinder, also configurable. Upper yoke and fork base are aluminum cut in the mass. Also multi-adjustable, the TTX 36 piggy back shock absorber is mounted on rods. The deflections are 120 and 130 mm.
Цhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber, electronically adjustable, 130 mm travel
To keep its nerves on the asphalt, the Streetfighter boasts a sizeable 1.488mm wheelbase. But its 24.5 ° column angle and 100mm trail allow you to maintain agility..
Based on its 3-spoke Marchesini forged aluminum rims, the Streetfighter V4 S is fitted with Brembo Stylema monobloc front calipers, radial mounted and 4 pistons of 30 mm. They attack 330 mm floating discs. All controlled by an 18 mm radial master cylinder and reinforced braided brake hoses. The opposing retarder, a Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, grips a 245mm disc. Everything is monitored by a Bosch 9.1 ME ABS with curve following. To go into battle, our Italian gladiator requires good shoes. Sort of Louboutin of war, Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa II (120/70) and 200/60 give it the necessary grip to slap the asphalt with mastery. The rear tire was specially designed by the manufacturer and provides the same dynamic behavior as the Supercorsa SP fitted to the Panigale V4 ….
As standard, the Streetfighter V4 receives more classic suspensions: a 43mm Showa BPF fork and fully adjustable Sachs shock absorber, Sachs steering cylinder and 5-spoke light alloy rims..
The S version is further reinforced thanks to its piloted suspensions. Fit of elements and finishes are always at the highest level. The appearance of the V4 is flawless, except again and again for that ugly, big hose on the left side. A wrapping of this tube would be welcome. The surfaces of the cylinders and center housings display a raw finish, contrasting with the bronzed side surfaces and giving the machine a racing feel. Even the aluminum side stand is profiled, held not by a spring as is the case most of the time, but by a jack !
The luxury side stand of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
Only the parting line of the cast aluminum footrests could be cut in the mass at this level and not only as an option.
The most perfectionists will look for the optional Akrapovič exhaust to gain 8 hp and up to 12 nags with the complete line. Even more interesting, the forged magnesium rims…. 14% lighter and reducing inertia by 16%. Finally, adjustable aluminum footrests (yes, those who are missing….), Carbon fins and dry competition clutch will complete the model..
Question maintenance, simple revisions take place every 12,000 km or 12 months, knowing that the "Desmo Service" is to be carried out every 24,000 km.
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 S leaves no one indifferent
In the saddle
Narrow, the saddle of the Streetfighter rises to 845 mm from the ground on a thick seat of 60 mm of foam. This offers a very important setback, auguring the dynamic possibilities of the machine and the speeds reached. The leg flexion is sporty, the boots are based on rear controls. The bust naturally tilts towards a wide and almost straight hanger with variable diameter. But the pressure on the wrists is not excessive, far from it.
In front of you, the 5-inch TFT screen displays a lot of information with fairly small indications that remain visible, even under the sun, with its white background avoiding glare. It automatically switches to negative at night or in the tunnels. The item displays speed, tachometer, odometer, engine temperature, clock, fuel level, summarizes the level of assistance chosen for the current mode, remaining range, average consumption and speed for each partial, temperature of the vehicle. air and journey time. On the left stalk two pushbuttons allow one to change the driving mode, the other to quickly modify the assistance.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 S test
In the city
We love to see the fins fly above the asphalt, cutting the air like tapered blades. The machine’s first superpower is to captivate the senses, both eyes and ears. The melody of the V4 is an ode to mechanical refinement and the block barks badly on the gas strokes. The pounding of the four cylinder is less brutal than that of the twin, its pulsations are better controlled despite a wild potential.
And yet, we are quickly won over by his…. candy. Because it delivers a surprising savoir vivre. Much nicer than the Testrastretta twin, the Desmocedici Stradale is easy going in urban evolution. Its docility and remarkable flexibility allow a regulatory 50 km / h on the fourth report at 2,000 rpm. Without suffering, especially since the very precise injection makes the machine natural. Even the shifter is much more precise and smoother than that of the Multistrada 1260! Conversely, the turning radius of the hyper roadster is very large. Too bad, the fighter had everything to please in these places, starting with ease of guidance, the quality of which will continue to increase when the pace picks up. And it rises quickly with this deceptive sweetness, this ease quickly adopted ….
Because the machine needs space to conquer. A lot and quickly. Like a caged beast, the Streetfghter passes the time playing car jump in the blink of an eye to warm up. Heating up in fact…. we better understand the surface of the radiators to try to diffuse the heat in the city and even more in spring (we are not talking about summer). Fortunately, the power to the rear cylinders is turned off when the engine is idling and the water temperature exceeds 75 ° C. In short, the super bike needs great space where its naturalness must be expressed.
Motorways and expressways
Ducati Streetfighter V4 S test
Surprisingly well trained under 6,000 turns, the Streetfighter becomes orgiastic thereafter and especially after 9,000 rpm. The transition is particularly fast and the performance seems exponential. The more you ask, the more the Street V4 gives you and you will be the one to cry for mercy. Because once gone, the street mercenary spares no one, especially you. The absolute lack of protection leaves high speeds to amateurs of neck strength training or other freaks of the neck. After 200 km / h, it’s a real exercise. But the machine can push you at least 70 units further. And without playing the front end. This is riveted to the ground and gives perfect control at high speed in curves. The dynamic input of the ailerons is noticeable. However, the Ducati knows how to lift its nose on demand and its steering damper is always welcome..
Legally, the V4 trots at 5,000 laps but sets off again at the slightest request. Once you have experienced the missile mode, you are looking for more tortuous universes.
It is by beating the campaign that one realizes the potential of the Streetfighter V4. From the first series of tight turns, its guidance precision is breathtaking, its neutrality impressive. The machine would run almost on its own. Your gaze guides her, takes her. You are hardly aware of squeezing your handlebars or the footrests. And the machine authorizes all course corrections. Even more than its mechanics, it is its obvious cycle part that appeals with the quality of its evolutions. Especially on the angle where its stability and neutrality work wonders. This super power of course combines with another.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 S road test
Because the V4 is not to be outdone, adding to the explosive advantage of the Ducati. Like a precision weapon, a slight twist of the short-pull throttle grip makes the technological beast leap. But everything in control, to the millimeter and under the permanent action of electronics. Indispensable to get out the 123 Nm on the asphalt while the thoroughbreds surge there and orbit you in the distance. In the tight shell, we will keep the second for ever stronger relaunches and a captivating airbox sound. But the third can also do the trick. Both take you at speeds that are not at all compatible with the regulations in force.
But in the curves, it is above all a rare alliance that we experience: mechanics and cycle parts work together for this astonishing agility. The counter-rotating crankshaft associated with the lightened rims provides rare ease on angle changes. Especially to register in turns and then raise the machine. Despite its long wheelbase, the Streetfighter knows how to combine stability and agility! This is the ultimate super power. The V4 S is thus easy and light. The Pirelli Rosso Corsa II are also in the spotlight, ensuring a flawless grip and a suitable behavior in perfect harmony with the superlative temperament of the machine. Paced by the shifter, the pace quickly becomes improbable and the landscape too small for this demanding fighter. The circuit is surely a better place to fully enjoy its fiery character.
Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Slide Control (DSC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Power Launch (DPL), Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO
Perfectly filtering the irregularities of the roads, the Swedish suspensions add to the serenity on board when the pace picks up. No parasitic movement and excellent road feel are their greatest qualities. To the point of forgetting their electronic specificity.
Finally, the braking is up to the general performance of the machine. The brake grip is incredible in strength and control, proving the performance of the Brembo Stylema calipers. Under their bite, the front axle seems to crash into the ground but, once again, electronics and suspension collect these intense braking. In addition, ABS is transparent in its operation.
When driving more curled up, the Ducati hyperchoc is also attractive. Efficiency without violence, vigor with elegance. It still retains this mastered bestiality in the service of unparalleled road holding.
Superlatives, frame and suspensions of the Streetfighter V4 version S make up an ideal base to receive the strength of the V4 Ducati. Precise guidance, ease and ease, on board the piloting is obvious. Whatever the pace.
Very powerful, the Brembo Stylema front calipers deliver impressive force. Always flexible, the attack could however be less marked at the start of the race. The speed of action of the pliers to surprise the less experienced. Their control brings an excellent feeling of decelerations, even on the strongest. The rear element is much more discreet, a little too much can be.
Brembo Stylema 4 piston front monobloc brakes, EVO cornering ABS
Comfort / Duo
As in its time on the 848 model, the Streetfighter V4 S has its definition of practical aspects: design, engine, cycle part. A French literal translation could be this: rien, nada, wallou … The elegant missile appeals in other aspects, in particular dynamic. And its comfort remains in its image…. effective for sport. The controlled vibrations of his athletic heart allow the best of mechanical life to filter through.
Ultra short rear buckle and lack of any support make the duo anecdotal. I tested, I was scared…. Even if he or she loves you madly, it won’t be more than a handful of kilometers that you will take your favorite passenger..
The saddle of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S
With a minimum of 7 liters, the Italian V4 offers around 200 km of autonomy…. without unpinning. By switching to super power mode, 150 km seem feasible…. The ransom of power !
Vanucci equipment during the test
The V4S in video
Without fear but with mastery, without morals but without vice, without limit but with rigor, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S is a sculpture with high dynamic potential. Its deceptive ease requires a certain experience to share with it long moments of mechanical ecstasy. Aesthetics, sound and dynamic evidence are its greatest qualities. The life of the "double twin" is truly addictive and enchanting. Engine availability and explosiveness of the unit finally sign the magic of this machine from another dimension.
But even there, far away, super power comes at a price: € 22,990 in S version. Barely less super as standard at € 19,990. Even more than the Ohlins, I think the Marchesini rims of the S make a real difference. But, to take the standard, I will add a handful of rubles to pick up the magnesium rims…. Responsiveness guaranteed! The Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, a direct competitor, has a lot to worry about. Finally…. not in terms of price. Priced at 17,999 €, Noale’s ballerina also aligns its rough and powerful V4 and advanced electronics. But a less alluring overall finish.
On your quest for the mechanical holy grail, the Ducati Streetfighter is definitely a must-see. A charming Amazon, she will introduce you to a sadomasochism that you might like ….
- Cycle part
- Dynamic behavior
- Electronic assistance
- Footrest plate joint plant
- route: 500 km winding roads with variable surface, dry.
- weather forecast: sun, 8 ° to 22 ° C
- problem encountered: ras
- Vanucci ART XVII jacket
- Nishua NRX-1 Carbon Helmet
- Jean Vanucci Armalith 2.0
- Vanucci Speed profi IV gloves
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