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Naked beauty Streetfighter V2 first look: Ducati goes back to its roots

New model features 153hp Superquadro engine in a stylish Italian package dripping with tasty electronics

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Ducati Streetfighter V2has a shorter final ratio than the Panigale V2, delivering greater torque to the rear wheel

Ducati Streetfighter V2has a shorter final ratio than the Panigale V2, delivering greater torque to the rear wheel

Like its Streetfighter V2 cousin, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 is defined by a sharp design

Like its Streetfighter V2 cousin, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 is defined by a sharp design

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Ducati Streetfighter V2has a shorter final ratio than the Panigale V2, delivering greater torque to the rear wheel

With the introduction of new V2 model, the Ducati Streetfighter family has now expanded once again. For me this is the one. This is the ‘real’ Ducati, the one that truly represents the essence of the ‘Fighter’ attitude: the new gateway to the Streetfighter family has that classic Ducati engine configuration.

The new machine is a sports naked which accommodates the needs of those looking for a bike capable of combining the sporting Panigale V2’s DNA with both the attitude and style of something more usable in the real world.

This project is the fruit of Ducati’s ‘Fight Formula’ initiative. The bike is stripped of the fairings and equipped with high and wide handlebars. The dry weight is 178kg, while the engine is the 955cc offering with that 153hp Superquadro block controlled by the latest-generation electronic package.

It’s defined by a sharp design, as with the Streetfighter V4, starting with the distinctive headlight, which recalls the V-shaped DRL typical of Ducati sports bikes and is inspired by the Joker’s famous grin in Batman.

The ergonomics are focused on road use where they offer sportiness as well as comfort. The high and wide alluminum handlebars replace the risers of the Panigale. The saddle is wider and has new more comfortable padding. In addition, the footpegs have been repositioned. All these improvements give the rider greater control for enthusiastic riding while also being handy for everyday use.

The engine is capable of delivering that 153hp at 10,750rpm and a very usable maximum torque of 101.4Nm at 9,000rpm. Compared to the Panigale, the Streetfighter has a shorter final ratio, delivering greater torque to the rear wheel. This may or may not result in reduced front tyre wear…

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Like its Streetfighter V2 cousin, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 is defined by a sharp design

Like its Streetfighter V2 cousin, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 is defined by a sharp design

Like its Streetfighter V2 cousin, the Ducati Streetfighter V2 is defined by a sharp design

The single-sided swingarm, which is connected to the engine, is 16mm longer compared to that of the Panigale V2, adding increased stability to the mix. It’s sprung with a set of 43mm Showa BPF front forks and a Sachs shock. All of this is fully adjustable.

Looking at the boots and brakes departments, it also looks as it turns and stops impressively. The bike is shod in new Pirelli’s new  Diablo Rosso IV tyres – 120/70 ZR17 at the front and 180/60 ZR17 at the rear – which promise to provide a super fast response. The brake pads have a less aggressive bite than that of its faired sibling, more suitable for road use, but other than that the braking system is taken from the Panigale and features Brembo M4-32 monobloc radial calipers with 320mm diameter discs.

The comprehensive and modern electronics package includes ABS Cornering EVO with ‘slide by brake’ functionality, traction control, wheelie control, quick shift up/down and engine brake control. There are three different riding modes with dedicated control settings - sport, road and wet.

The bike is equipped with full-LED headlights with front DRL and a 4.3” full-TFT dashboard.

The Streetfighter V2 will be available at Rosso Ducati starting from next month in red with black rims. For pricing and full spec, see www.ducati.ie or call 01-4642211.

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