Ducati Unveils New 2023 Streetfighter V4 and Streetfighter V4 SP2: The “Fight Formula” Evolution
The Ducati Streetfighter V4 family evolves, applying the developments of the Panigale V4 range to the “Fight Formula”
New chassis set-up and more extensive and effective electronic package: new torque curves for each gear, Wet Riding Mode, Full Engine Mode
The Streetfighter V4 SP2 adds the exclusive technical specifications of the “SP” models to express its full potential on the track
Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), October 20, 2022 – In the fifth episode of the 2023 Ducati World Première web series, Ducati presented the new Streetfighter V4 family. Ducati continues the evolution of the winning “Fight Formula” to remain at the top of the segment with the V4 and V4 S models, together with the more exclusive V4 SP2, delivers an unrivaled level of equipment.
Unveiled in 2020, the Streetfighter V4 was an instant success and set new performance benchmarks in the super sports naked segment. Appreciated for its aggressive and minimalist aesthetic and characterized by a front inspired by the Joker from the comic series, the Streetfighter V4 immediately entered the hearts of enthusiasts.
The natural evolution of the family is a bike that pushes the concepts of the “Fight Formula” even further, the key elements of which are the Panigale V4 stripped of the fairings, high and wide handlebars, 392 lbs (178 kg) weight, 208 hp Desmosedici Stradale engine, biplane wings and latest generation electronic package. An evolution that follows that of the Panigale V4 family.
The 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 conveys sportiness, through the standard single-seater configuration with the supplied seat and passenger footrests.
The design of the Streetfighter V4 is direct and minimal, with its full-LED front light and its V-shaped DRL that replicates the Panigale V4’s front view. The low, forward-canted front, extending the tank’s strong lines, gives a predator look to the Streetfighter V4.
The fuel tank has the same shapes as the 2022 Panigale V4, which is designed to better support the rider during braking and cornering. It has a greater capacity (4.5 gal) and is supported by new side covers.
The new “Front Frame” and the Desmosedici Stradale are left uncovered as much as possible, with minimal bodywork and streamlined lines, creating a clean, essential combination. In the V4 S version, the 2023 Streetfighter is available in a new, Grey Nero livery, with the contrast between the grey and the various black tones – dark and lucid bodywork, that brings out the technical components like brakes and suspension, and gives the motorcycle an ever more aggressive, but still refined look.
The new Streetfighter implements the Power Modes logic already developed in the Ducati Panigale V4 and V4 S, obviously with calibrations dedicated to the Desmosedici Stradale engine in the Streetfighter configuration. There are four engine delivery strategies: Full, High, Medium, and Low. Full and Low are newly developed, while High and Medium have been revised in strategy. Full Power Mode allows the engine to have its full potential torque without electronic intervention, except for in the first gear. For the High and Medium Power Modes, a new Ride by Wire map management system has been developed with a dedicated calibration for each of the six gears, which ensures the rider to obtains the best possible acceleration every time the throttle is opened. On the other hand, the Low Power Mode has been designed for riding on low-grip surfaces, limiting the maximum power of the bike to 165 hp and offering a softer and more manageable throttle response. The dedicated Streetfighter V4 calibrations provide the rider with maximum connection between the throttle request and the torque delivered.
The 2023 Streetfighter V4 sees the introduction of the brand-new Wet Riding Mode to make riding even safer on low-grip surfaces. The standard equipment is upgraded by a lithium-ion battery for the S and the SP2 version (which is 3.7 lbs lighter than the previous one and already equipped on the Streetfighter V4 SP).
The dashboard of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 also follows the evolution followed by the Panigale V4. The graphics are revised in all views, to make the information more straightforward and allows the rider to make calibration adjustments easier.
As on the Panigale V4, the gear indicator is indicated via an external green LED signal. The dashboard offers the “Track Evo” display mode, which replicates the layout used on the MotoGP Desmosedici and provides an immediate view of the most important information and the intervention of the electronic controls.
The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also evolves due to the new Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO 2 software which improves stability, precision and directionality in the braking and corner entry phases. This software features a different gear-by-gear calibration on each of the three selectable levels. The new strategy was developed to optimize the amount of the engine brake based on the load on the rear end. In the first braking phase, when there is little load on the rear tire, the EBC EVO 2 provides less engine brake, then increases it as you approach the center of the corner, where the intervention of the engine brake makes the most significant contribution in slowing down the bike and closing the line. This improvement provides additional control using the engine braking in all riding conditions and reduces the rear wheel from locking up in the most demanding braking sections.
The 2023 Streetfighter V4 also implements a new strategy for the Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) which improves the fluidity of shifting at every throttle opening, having dedicated strategies with the two situations for when the throttle is partially or fully open.
In partial throttle shifting, the strategy acts both through an injection cut and a reduction of ignition advance, making shifting smoother on roads.
In full throttle shifting, typical of track use, the DQS strategy is refined with an evolution of the torque return phase that gives more stability to the bike and more consistency, therefore reducing lap times.
Finally, the cooling fan control strategy sees an update that now offers better operating temperature management and greater thermal comfort for the rider at typical road use speeds.
Chassis and Ergonomics
On the new Streetfighter V4, the chassis also follows the evolution of the Panigale V4 family to offer enthusiasts stability improvements, front-end feeling and riding safety. The chassis includes a Front Frame and a single-sided swingarm, both in aluminum, with an upside-down fork and mechanically adjustable shock absorber on the V4 version.
The Streetfighter V4 S features semi-active Öhlins suspension (NIX30 upside-down 43 mm fork and TTX36 shock absorber) with SmartEC 2.0 interface, gaining versatility, effectiveness and quickness in set-up. In addition, on the V4 S version, the rims are Marchesini forged in aluminum alloy with important benefits in terms of nimbleness when changing direction and responsiveness in acceleration and braking due to the reduction of unsprung weight.
As on the Panigale V4, the swingarm pivot of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 is positioned .16 in (4 mm) higher, increasing the anti-squat action that helps the rider with greater stability, precision and the ability to maintain the trajectory in all acceleration situations.
The weight distribution also moves towards the front, loading it more and thus increasing accuracy and speed in corner entry. Finally, the ergonomics benefit from the new layout of the fuel tank, the shape of which offers greater support to the rider during braking and cornering. The wet weight of the 2022 Streetfighter V4 S stands at 435.4 lbs (197.5 kg).
The 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale, capable of delivering 208 hp at 13,000 rpm and 123 Nm, has seen a revised calibration to match the larger diameter of the silencer outlet, introduced to reduce the exhaust back pressure. In addition, on the right side there is the clutch cover of the Panigale V4, which allows you to mount the dry clutch and the clutch cover protection easily.
Streetfighter V4 SP2
To push the performance of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 even further, Ducati also presents the top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP2 model in a numbered version. A bike ready to hit the track, the “Fight Formula” combined with the “SP” specifications, making it even more effective on the track.
The Streetfighter V4 SP2 is offered in the “Winter Test” livery, designed by the Centro Stile Ducati taking inspiration from the Ducati Corse bikes used during the pre-season tests of the MotoGP and WorldSBK Championships. The matte black of the bodywork, combined with the matte carbon finish of the rims and wings, contrasts with the bright red accents and the brilliance of the exposed brushed aluminum tank, which we also find on the side covers of the radiators. The progressive number of the bike is lasered on the handlebar.
The Streetfighter V4 SP2 is equipped with 5 split-spoke carbon rims, 3.1 lbs (1.4 kg) lighter than the forged aluminum ones mounted on the Streetfighter V4 S and able to reduce the moment of inertia by 26% at the front and 46% at the rear, making the bike significantly more nimble and lighter when changing direction. The Brembo Stylema R® front brake calipers give high braking power and exceptionally consistent performance even in the case of extended use on the track.
On the Streetfighter V4 SP2, the Desmosedici Stradale is equipped with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which provides an improved slipper function, even in the most aggressive situations, and more fluidity in all “off-throttle” phases, essential to be effective on the track when riding at the limit.
The Öhlins suspension has seen an update with springs and hydraulics identical to those of the Panigale V4, which provide the rider the right confidence for riding at the limit.
The equipment is completed by adjustable machined aluminum foot-pegs that increase the lean angle and allow the rider to find the optimal position while riding, carbon front mudguard, carbon clutch cover**, block-off covers for removing the license plate holder and mirrors**.
Colors and Availability
The Streetfighter V4 V4 S and SP models will be available in the U.S. and Canadian dealerships starting in Spring 2023. The color range consists of Ducati Red and the new “Grey and Nero” livery, which will be available only for the “S” version and the Winter Test livery for the SP version. The United States pricing for the Streetfighter V4 will begin at an MSRP of $22,095 for the Streetfighter V4 in Ducati Red color, with the Streetfighter V4 S starting at $27,595 in Ducati Red and $27,795 for the Grey/Nero color, while the V4 SP will begin at an MSRP of $37,995 with the Winter Test livery. For Canada, the Streetfighter V4 will start at an MSRP of $27,295 CAD for the Ducati Red and the Streetfighter V4 S will start at an MSRP of $31,395 for Ducati Red and $31,595 CAD for Grey and Nero, while the SP version will start at an MSRP of $47,995 CAD with the Winter Test livery.
A wide range of accessories allows you to customize the Streetfighter V4 making it even sportier, starting with the Ducati Performance by Akrapovič full-racing exhaust**. Equipped with high silencers at the side of the tail, it allows a reduction of the total weight of 11 lbs (5 kilos) and raises the maximum power to 220 hp. Noise is within the limit of 105 dB (102 dB with the dB killer installed).
The accessories catalog also features street-legal slip-on systems, mudguards, an aero kit and carbon fiber frame and crankcase protections, billet aluminum controls, but also tire warmers and stands for those who want to use their Streetfighter V4 on the circuit.
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** This product is intended for vehicles used only on closed-course circuits. Operation on public roads is prohibited by law