EICMA isn’t here but it is an early ‘Diwali’ from Ducati. Two days before the EICMA, at the Ducati World Première 2019, they have unveiled their 2019 range of motorcycles and stunned the world. In addition to the new Hypermotard 950 and Diavel 1260, they have unveiled the Panigale V4 R. And this Panigale is truly a beast on a whole another level. These bikes will also be available at EICMA 2018 (Milan-Rho Trade Fair, 8 - 11 November).



The event was held on the evening of Sunday 4 November at Milan's Linear Ciak theatre and streamed worldwide on the internet. Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding, unveiled the new 2019 range personally, illustrating company goals and celebrating a thrilling 2018 race season.

The show got underway with the already known new Ducati Scrambler range, with 4 new motorcycles spanning from the Icon version to the more distinctive Cafè Racer, Full Throttle and Desert Sled, and the Multistrada 1260 Enduro. The new Ducati e-mountain bike, Mig-RR was also a part of the show. Also, some new versions were displayed like the Monster 25th Anniversary, first seen at WDW2018, and the new Monster 821 stealth that features matt black livery and red graphics, quick shift system, adjustable fork and nose fairing.

The smallest Multistrada, called the Multistrada was also displayed. It was dubbed as a major upgrade of the smallest Ducati 'multibike', this latest Multistrada features cutting-edge technology to boost safety and riding enjoyment: electronic Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS), Ducati Quick Shift up & down (DQS), full-LED headlight, 5" color TFT display, Hands Free system, Cruise Control and backlit switchgear controls. From a styling viewpoint, the new Multistrada 950 inherits the side 'wings' from its bigger 1260 counterpart, making the front even cleaner and more streamlined. It also features hydraulic control and, above all, Bosch ABS Cornering, which increases active safety.



Coming to the new motorcycles, the first one is the Hypermotard 950. It has been given a full-blown makeover: the new look takes its cue from the supermotard race world, the completely overhauled ergonomics ramps up the fun and riders can now count on an ultra-advanced chassis set-up and electronics package. It is 4 kg lighter than the previous model and features a renewed 937 cm³ Testastretta 11° engine with a more muscular 114 hp, combining greater pulling power with new electronics to ensure smoother control.



The Hypermotard 950 electronics package includes Bosch Cornering ABS with the Slide by Brake function, Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO (as standard on the 950 SP version and available as an accessory on the 950). The Hypermotard 950 SP features a flat seat, increased-travel Öhlins suspension to ensure an acuter lean angle (+3°), Marchesini forged wheels and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) Up and Down EVO.

The next ‘new one’ in line is the new Diavel 1260. It is powered by a Testastretta DVT 1262 engine, capable of delivering 159 hp (117 kW) at 9,500 rpm and 129 Nm (13.1 kgm) at 7,500 rpm. An immensely satisfying torque curve ensures both breath-taking acceleration and a low-rev smoothness that's ideal for everyday riding or touring. An upgraded chassis set-up makes the Diavel 1260 more responsive on mixed-road routes while top-drawer technology and electronics provide braking performance on a par with that of a sport bike (and does so safely, thanks to Bosch Cornering ABS) What has changed is the chassis set-up, characterised by a new tubular steel Trellis frame that goes perfectly with another Diavel hallmark, the 17" inch rear wheel with its 240 mm wide tire.



A sportier S version of the Diavel 1260 is also available: features include fully adjustable Öhlins suspension at both front and rear, dedicated wheels and an even higher-performance braking system. Moreover, the S version mounts Ducati Quick Shift up & down Evo (DQS) as standard to allow clutchless shifting.
The new livery on the Panigale V4 S Corse aroused enthusiastic interest. Created using official Ducati MotoGP team colors, it mirrors the special version with the exact same color scheme that Michele Pirro rode to victory in the Race of Champions at WDW2018. That bike and the other 11 variants that competed in the race were won by twelve lucky enthusiasts in a global auction that attracted record-breaking bids.

Now, the star of the show was the the Panigale V4 R. We have seen the spy shots and we have seen it being tested at Brands Hatch, but the wait is finally over. And we’d like to say… Holy S**t Nuggets. Why did we suddenly resort to swearing and then censoring it? It makes 221 Bhp at 15,250 rpm and has the redline at 16,500 but that is not it. If you remove the Euro4 compliant exhaust off, replace it with a full system and remove some road-going bits like mirrors and number-plate hangers, it’ll make 234 HP and weigh just 165 Kg! That our friends is somewhere around 1.42 Bhp per Kg! To put things in perspective, the Panigale 1299 Superleggera weighed 167 Kg and made 215 bhp!





Engine:

-81×48.4mm bore and stroke
-Titanium conrods (-100g each)
-New crank, 1.1kg lighter
-Forged pistons
-New camshaft
-Bigger inlet valves and ducts
-Bigger throttle boddies (+4mm) and dedicated trumpets
-New oil pump & lighter rotor
-Valve service @ 15,000 miles

Chassis and frame:
-Full aero package for stability, front-end feeling, anti-wheelie and better wind protection
-3 positions for the adjustable swingarm
-Ohlins TTX36 shock
-Ohlin NPX 25/30 43mm fork
-Forged Marchesini wheels
-Bigger front fairing and windshield
-Wiglets (+30kg downforce at 270 kmph)
-Exposed Aluminum tank
-Sharkfin fairings to increase airflow and remove heat more efficiently (+16% air speed through radiators)
-The winglets are almost identical to those used on Ducati’s GP16 MotoGP bike, and provide 30kg of downforce at 270.

Electronics

-Pit limiter
-Lap timer

These two are in addition to the already impressive suite of the Panigale V4.