The Ducati Panigale V2 has been launched in the Indian market. Ducati has launched the Panigale V2 in India with an ex-showroom price tag of Rs 16.99 lakh. The motorcycle replaces the 959 Panigale, thereby becoming the new entry-level supersport offering from Ducati. It is also Ducati’s first BS6 compliant launch.
The Ducati Panigale V2 has been making the news for all the right reasons. It offers design and styling as well as some features seen on the flagship Ducati Panigale V4, at a lower price point, thereby being more accessible to buyers.
In terms of design, it looks very similar to the bigger Panigale V4. One can’t be blamed for calling it a smaller version of the V4. This is because it carries all the little design details, including the headlamp design, the fairing, and the signature rear end. It gets similar wheels too and the signature single-sided swingarm as well.
Though the styling is inspired by the bigger flagship, the underpinnings are based on the outgoing Ducati 959 Panigale. The frame is just the same, however, the rear subframe is new as it had to accommodate the raised rear-end. The engine too is the same old V-twin that powered the older 959 Panigale.
However, it has been reworked for BS6 and Euro 5 compliance and it now gets a few new engine internals. The liquid-cooled, 955cc, V-twin Superquadro engine has a maximum power output of 155bhp at 10,750rpm and a peak torque output of 104Nm at 9,000rpm. This is around 5bhp more than the 150bhp output figure the same engine had in the 959 Panigale.
A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel. The motorcycle also features a number of electronic riding aids like bi-directional quickshifter, engine brake control, wheelie control, cornering ABS, and three riding modes — Race, Sport, and Street.
Suspension duties are handled by a 43mm Showa big-piston fork up front and an adjustable Sachs monoshock at the rear. The Ducati Panigale V2 will be imported as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) as it will be built at the Ducati factory in Thailand.
Bookings for the motorcycle are now open and deliveries are expected to begin soon. At Rs 16.99 lakh, it costs about Rs 1.5 lakh more than the old 959 Panigale on which it is based. However, it gets more sophisticated electronics and that extremely desirable design.
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