Panigale V4 SP2 is a true icon of design in racing

Ducati is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 916 with a model in a limited, numbered series of 500 units.

Giles Spencer, Motoring Correspondent

The Panigale V4 SP2 30° Anniversario 916 is Ducati’s homage to a bike that represented a milestone in the company’s history.

A true icon of design and the world of racing, exhibited at the MoMA in New York, which even today, 30 years later, is still considered the emblem of beauty applied to two wheels.

The unmistakable features and supersport character of the Ducati 916, the bike from which the design DNA of all Ducati sports bikes originates, can be found on the Panigale Anniversario.

On the Panigale Anniversary, the tribute to the 916 is celebrated with a livery, created by Centro Stile Ducati, that pays homage to one of the most beautiful racing graphics in Ducati’s sporting history, that of the bike that won the Superbike World Championship with Carl Fogarty in 1999.

The iconic tricolour on the fairing, the white number plates and the number 1 have been taken up and revisited in a modern key, while the black portion of the upper half cowl recalls the air ducts of the 916.

The lower tank, also black, is a strong reminder of the racing world. Finally, the tank cover features the laurel logo, in the same gold colour as on the 916.

The Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversary 916 is produced in a numbered and limited series of 500 units.

Like the race bike from which it takes its livery inspiration, it is offered in the single-seater configuration only and is enriched by the billet aluminium steering plate with laser engraving of the model name and progressive number.

Finally, the Panigale Trentesimo Anniversario 916 comes with a certificate of authenticity and a dedicated bike cover.

The technical equipment combines the SP2 specifications with a series of fine details that make this bike even more unique.

In fact, the Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversario 916 has a racing fuel tank cap machined from billet aluminium, air ducts for cooling the front brakes, exhaust heat shield, wings with double profile design and front mudguard in carbon fibre.

Also made of carbon fibre are the five-spoke wheels, which reduce the weight of the wheels by 1.4 kg compared to the forged Marchesini of the V4 S and 3.4 compared to those of the Panigale V4.

Inertial moment is reduced by around 26 per cent at the front and 46 per cent at the rear, making the bike more agile, less tiring and more precise under acceleration.

The braking system is the best in its class: thanks to Brembo Stylema R calipers and cooling ducts, it offers high braking efficiency and consistent lever travel even during long track sessions.

The Brembo MCS master cylinder with remote adjuster allows simple, intuitive adjustment of feel and distance from the handlebar without having to stop.

The STM EVO dry clutch offers greater fluidity in all phases of riding with the throttle closed, such as corner entry, and allows the level of mechanical engine braking to be customised by changing the secondary spring.

In track use, with the clutch cover open, enthusiasts can enjoy the classic sound that characterises Ducati racing bikes.

The adjustable footpegs in billet aluminium allow the riding position to be adapted to any physique, and enable the use of the standard Ducati Quick Shift Up & Down, which can be configured either as a traditional gearbox or with a racing pattern.

The Ducati Data Analyser+ data acquisition system allows the rider’s performance to be monitored.

The bike is delivered with a track-ready kit, which includes billet aluminium caps for removing the rear-view mirrors, number plate holder removal kit, open carbon clutch cover and Ducati Data Analyser+ data acquisition system.


Pictures: Ducati Motor Holding SpA

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