It replaces the 959 as the most affordable Panigale
- Takes inspiration from the Panigale V4.
- Powered by a BS6-compliant 955cc that motor makes 155PS and 104Nm, 5PS and 2Nm more than before.
- New White Rosso livery will not be available in India this year.
- Expected to be launched next month.
The Panigale V2 launch draws closer as Ducati dealerships start accepting pre-bookings for the bike. Interested customers can reserve the bike for the token amount of Rs 1 lakh. The bike will be launched early next month with test rides expected to commence shortly after. Sadly, the new White Rosso livery everyone’s been drooling over isn’t going to make it to India this year but it will be available in 2021.
The V2 will replace the 959 as the new entry-level Panigale in Ducati’s portfolio. It draws inspiration from the Panigale V4 and features the same sinful LED headlight and tail light along with a new TFT screen and revised switchgear. That said, it distinguishes itself by using a redesigned fuel tank, fairing and exhaust muffler.
The entry-level Panigale V2 draws power from a BS6-compliant 955cc V-twin motor that’s suspended off a die-cast aluminium monocoque frame. The engine is tuned to make 155PS (5PS more than before) at 10,750rpm and 104Nm (up by 2Nm) at 9,000rpm. The 6-speed gearbox comes with a bi-directional quickshifter as standard. In terms of electronic rider aids, the V2 gets four riding modes, cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO, all of which is monitored and tweaked by a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
It uses a 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF) and a Sachs monoshock, both of which are fully adjustable. The Panigale V2 also comes with a Sachs steering damper and aluminium single-sided swingarm. You also get stickier Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres on the V2 compared to the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsas on the 959. It retains the same braking setup as the Panigale 959.
Considering the updates, we can expect Ducati to price the Panigale V2 at around Rs 16 lakh. The Ducati Panigale 959 was priced at Rs 15,30,000 (both prices, ex-showroom).