New Delhi: Expanding its BS6 range in India, luxury motorcycle brand Ducati on Monday announced the launch of the much-awaited Ducati Panigale V4 and Diavel 1260.
With the launch of these new models, Ducati has already delivered 8 out of the 12 bike launches promised for India in 2021.
Commenting on the launch, Bipul Chandra, Managing Director, Ducati India said, “We have chalked out an aggressive BS6 bike launch plan for 2021 and I am glad that we have been able to deliver. Both the Panigale V4, V4 S and Diavel 1260, 1260 S are an exciting addition to our full range of bikes and help us get closer to a more versatile line-up.
Priced at Rs 18.49 lakh, the Diavel 1260 is available in Total Black while the Diavel 1260 S priced at Rs 21.49 lakh is available in Ducati Red and Thrilling Black. The price of Panigale V4 is Rs 23.50 lakh while the price of Panigale V4 S is Rs 28.40 lakh.
“While the Diavel caters to riders looking for a stylish power cruiser to last for miles, the Panigale is a track enthusiast’s dream and represents Ducati’s best in the super bike category. We are thrilled that these products are finally in the country and I can’t wait to lay them out to our customers. I hope and pray that things get better soon for our country and riders can go back to the asphalt where they really belong,” Chandra said.
For 2021, the Panigale V4 and V4 S are BS6 compliant while retaining the maximum power and torque levels from the 2020 model. The BS6 version of the Desmosedici Stradale engine produces 214 HP of power at 13,000 rpm and 124.0 NM of torque at 9,500 rpm. To eliminate any loss of power by switching to BS6, the exhaust uses larger catalysts (+10 mm in length) and a new method of impregnation of noble metals required to maximize the efficiency of converting polluting gases. with technology.
Co-developed by Ducati Corse and Ducati Style Center engineers, the new Panigale V4 model range features a series of structural, aerodynamic and electronic changes designed to increase stability and responsiveness for an exciting experience on the track. The new generation aerodynamic package on the PanigaleV4 is now identical to the V4 R.
The Panigale V4’s electronic package has also evolved and now includes the latest generation Ducati Traction Control that is even more predictive: the DTC EVO 3 with strategy derived from the Ducati course. Thanks to constant monitoring of the crankshaft’s angular acceleration and rear wheel speed, the system prevents rear wheel slippage in mid-corner when you rewind the throttle to the maximum lean angle. This translates into a more neutral behavior of the bike when exiting corners, giving a better feel to the rider.
The Panigale V4 for 2021 features a new riding mode strategy that allows the rider to make a quick comparison between two different configurations on the track to define the best set-up. Race riding modes have been split into two specific mappings for track use (Race A and Race B), which are now independently comparable in individual parameters, complementing the already existing Sport and Street. The Riding Mode allows riders to choose between four different pre-set riding styles to offer the Panigale V4 behavior that is perfectly adapted to the rider, track type and environmental conditions.
For the 2021 Panigale V4, among the features added to the V4 S is the chain guard fin, an important safety precaution that allows you to avoid dangerous contacts with the chain and crown in the event of a slide. In addition, for those who use the bike all year round, there is now a provision for a heated grip, while the ignition key has a new, more modern and elegant grip.
The Panigale V4 and Panigale V4 S models also come equipped with new self-bleeding brakes and clutch pumps that were first used on the Superleggera V4.
Representing the best in cruising, the Diavel stunned riders with its personality, design, sport naked handling and a fine engine. The company said that for 2021, the BS6 model retains those innate features while being more environmentally conscious.
The Diavel 1260 BS6 model is heavier by 5 kg and puts the scales at 249 kg at the curb. The Ducati Diavel 1260S, on the other hand, is 2kg lighter than the standard model. While there has been an increase in weight, the 1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT engine with variable cam timing makes 3 bhp more than the predecessor.
The twin-cylinder Diavel 126 produces 162 hp at 9,500 rpm and 129 Nm at 7,500 rpm. The gearbox is a six-speed unit and the Diavel 1260S gets a two-way quick shifter as standard. Engine bore and stroke on the twin cylinder Ducati Diavel 1260 engine are 106 and 71.5 mm respectively.
The riding position and ‘Power Cruiser’ ergonomics that are popular among first-generation Diavel enthusiasts remain unchanged. What has changed is the chassis set-up. The Diavel sports a prominent tubular steel trellis frame. It is mated to an aluminum swingarm, which is wonderfully sized for cornering agility, great ‘feel’ and smooth riding. In terms of suspension, the Diavel 1260 has fully adjustable 50mm forks.
Damping compression and spring pre-load adjustments are located on the left fork tube, while rebound adjustments are located on the right tube. Instead, at the rear, the Diavel 1260 mounts a monoshock with adjustable spring-preload and damping rebound. Instead, the Diavel 1260 S is equipped with a fully adjustable Ohlins 48 mm fork and fully adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers, which are also fully adjustable.
Both the bikes offer better and advanced riding modes to the riders.
The company has started bookings at all Ducati dealerships in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata and Chennai and deliveries will start as soon as the lockdown restrictions are lifted.