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Ducati Ducati Panigale V2 (2020) first impressions

Harry is out in Jerez riding the latest sportsbike from Ducati at the moment, here are his first thoughts

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Ducati
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Sportsbikes
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£ 14995
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FILLING the boots of the popular Ducati Panigale 959 is the heavily revised Panigale V2. The most visual change for this year is the new frontal fairing, borrowed from the Panigale V4. But to think that this motorcycle is just face-swap with it’s bigger sibling would be doing it disservice.

Ducati Panigale V2 (2020) first impresssions

At the business end of the bike is a 90°, liquid-cooled, 955cc Superquadro L-twin. While circumnavigating the latest batch of Euro5 regulations – larger exhaust noted – Ducati has managed to lose no power compared to the outgoing model, with a healthy 155hp on tap.

Aside from the hardware, the V2 has also had an upgraded electronics package fitted, with improved traction control, riding modes and of course, the obligatory TFT dash. The Panigale V2 now has cornering ABS, up/down quickshifter, engine brake control, and wheelie control. And, of course, traction control is standard. Like the 959, the V2 arrives with three Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street).

The new bike features Showa Big Piston Forks, with a Sachs rear shock and steering damper rounding out the suspension system. Eagle-eyed readers will also notice that the bike now features a single-sided swingarm where the old 959 was fitted with a double-sided item, possibly stiffer but not as attractive as the new set up.

Finally, the ergonomics of the new model have been tweaked over the outgoing 959, with Ducati claiming the new seat and enhanced padding should improve comfort along with a revised footpeg position.

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