DUCATI V4 SUPERBIKE TO DEBUT IN SEPTEMBER?
Italian media is reporting an invitation to a Ducati event at the Misano World Circuit, the Thursday before the MotoGP race weekend held on the Adriatic Coast.
The event has surely something to do with Ducati’s new V4 superbike, with Ducati claiming it will be “the sound of a new era” for the Italian manufacturer.
That sound surely will be of the new V4 powerplant, which will not only replace the company’s iconic v-twin superbike lineup, but also power future large-displacement sport bikes from Ducati – something Claudio Domenicali told Asphalt & Rubber at the Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition launch.
What we will see at Misano is up for speculation, however. A strong guess would be that Ducati only unveils its 90° V4 engine, teasing for us the interesting technical bits that Domenicali hinted at during the Laguna Seca WorldSBK weekend.
The new V4 engine design is said to have a special firing order, something between a v-twin and a V4 in its power delivery and character, according to the Ducati CEO.
It is possible that we could get a glimpse of the new machine, while at Misano, with Ducati giving those in attendance a glimpse of the bike, the same way it teased the Ducati Supersport at World Ducati Week last year, also at the Misano World Circuit.
Those two options seem much more likely than a full-blown launch at Misano, which is instead likely to take place at the 2017 EIMCA show in Milan, Italy later this year, in November.
With such the V4 engine being such a pivotal moment in Ducati’s street bike history though, it is possible that the minds at Ducati want an event all to themselves to showcase the new machine.
Thankfully, we don’t have long to wait. More as we get it.