A tribute to the Ducati 996 SBK

The new Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is characterised by livery inspired by the Ducati 996 SBK, winner of the 1999 World Superbike Championship with Carl Fogarty. The graphics, based on Ducati Red, are distinguished by the number holders of the front and the fairings, where the World Champion's number "1" is proudly placed. 

The lower part of the tank is crossed by a black stripe that extends to the frame and to the side extractors; it accentuates the side view's dynamism and evokes the side panels of the 996 SBK's carbon air-box side body panels. 

The black colour is also found on the lower fairings and headlight housing, making the two front air inlets visually wider and more threatening. The rider seat exhibits the same colour combination as the bike, with a clear separation between black and red that extends to the rear buffer. 

Stickers that reproduce the "Shell" and "Foggy" logos are available to apply on the side fairings and at the base of the Plexiglas respectively; these two details were designed to further strengthen the visual connection with Carl Fogarty's 996 SBK.

This version's racing look is completed by the magnesium-forged Marchesini Racing wheels, the Akrapovič titanium silencer and the several carbon and billet aluminum components.

Single-seater configuration

The tail of the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is in a single-seater version to highlight the bike's "ready-to-race" character. Its wing design is inspired by an aerodynamic spoiler and incorporates a full-LED tail light functionally divided into two parts, according to the tradition of Ducati sportbikes. The double red arch of the parking light makes the Panigale V4 unmistakable, just like its aggressive look.

"Diamond" tank

The plasticity of the "diamond" tank, a Ducati trademark, assists the rider at all stages of track driving. Thanks to its muscular shape it is possible to lean completely into the most extreme corners, lower the helmet for maximum aerodynamic efficiency in the straights and offer a strong lateral grip on the knees when braking deep into corners. It extends under the seat to lower the centre of gravity, thus leaving a portion of the subtail visible.

Front Frame

The "Front Frame", left visible, becomes an integral part of the bike, giving it a tight fairing, practically custom tailored. It relies on the Desmosedici Stradale engine, a load-bearing component. This solution represents the evolution of the Monocoque structure and was born by making use of the experience gained in MotoGP. Compared to the Monocoque, the "Front Frame" makes it possible to decouple the torsional and lateral stiffness so as to achieve the proper amount of pliability with respect to the stresses on the frame, better absorbing uneven road conditions in the curves and ensuring the necessary stability. 

All this translates into a superior agility and precision that provides the rider of the Panigale V4 with an easier and less tiring control. The main difference in the layout compared to traditional solutions is the use of the engine as a structural element for the entire frame. The "Front Frame" features a compact frontal structure weighing only 8.8 lbs, secured directly to the upper semi-casing of the front bank and to the cylinder head of the V4's rear bank, the engine block also serving as a connection point for the rear suspension and pivot point for the single swinging arm. 

The most important advantage of the "Front Frame" is the use of the Desmosedici Stradale engine to achieve the desired rigidity, making it possible to significantly reduce the extension of the main frame – and therefore its weight – achieving a superior rigidity/weight ratio. To this advantage is added the fact that the reduced length of the uprights running alongside the engine has made it possible to design a compact motorcycle, especially where the rider sits. The chassis is completed by the lightweight front subframe made of magnesium and the chill-cast aluminum seat support, secured on the top to the "Front Frame" and at the bottom screwed onto the cylinder head of the rear bank. The rear suspension exploits levers attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine by forged aluminum. The levers react to the movements of an aluminum cast single-sided swinging arm.

A collector's item Ducati

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is a limited and numbered version of 500 units.

To satisfy even the most demanding collectors, the bike comes with an authenticity certificate that matches the laser-engraved ID number (XXX/500) on the top yoke with the engine and frame serial number.

Moreover, supplied are stickers with the “Shell” and “Foggy” logos, to be applied on the side fairings and the base of the screen should the owner wish to reinforce the visual ties with Carl Fogarty's 996 SBK.

Dedicated standard equipment

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is based on the mechanics of the Panigale V4 S evolved with components and racing solutions from the Panigale V4 R. Standard equipment includes Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels, approved Akrapovic titanium silencers, and several carbon fiber and billet aluminum parts, which together reduce the weight by 2.2 lbs compared to the V4 S version. 

The following are directly derived from the Panigale V4 R: the "Front Frame" designed to Ducati Corse specifications; the dry clutch; and the specific electronic controls for track use, such as the Ducati Quick Shift EVO 2 and the Ducati Traction Control EVO 2.

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 comes with dedicated standard equipment:

  • "25° Anniversario 916" livery
  • Billet aluminum steering head with serial number (xxx/500) 
  • "Front Frame" with Ducati Corse specifications
  • Bi-colour rider seat
  • Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels
  • Dry clutch
  • Approved Akrapovič titanium silencer
  • Ducati Traction Control EVO 2 (DTC EVO 2) 
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO 2 (DQS EVO 2)
  • Racing Plexiglas
  • Carbon fiber front mudguard
  • Carbon fiber rear mudguard
  • Carbon heel guard
  • Carbon fiber and titanium swinging arm cover
  • Racing handgrips
  • Adjustable billet aluminum rider footpegs 
  • Articulated billet aluminum brake and clutch levers
  • Brake lever protection (included) 
  • Ducati Data Analyser+ Kit (DDA+) with GPS module (included)
  • Open carbon clutch cover (included)
  • Bike canvas with "25° Anniversario 916" customisation (included)
  • Billet aluminum racing tank cap (included)
  • Number plate holder removal cover (included) 
  • Billet aluminum mirror hole covers (included)
  • Shell" and "Foggy" logo stickers (included)

Desmosedici Stradale Engine

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is powered by the 1,103 cm³ Desmosedici Stradale engine. A 90° V4 engine with Desmodromic timing system derived from the MotoGP is the only one of its kind in terms of its counter-rotating crankshaft and the "Twin Pulse" firing sequence. The engine can deliver a power of 214 hp at 13,000 rpm, and a torque of 12.6 kgm at 10,000 rpm, which makes it absolutely enjoyable, even on the road.

The adoption of the dry clutch and approved Akrapovič titanium silencers transform the Desmosedici Stradale engine installed to the "25° Anniversario 916" making it every passionate Ducatista's dream bike.  

Approved Akrapovič titanium silencer

The exhaust sound of the Desmosedici Stradale engine is reinforced by the approved Akrapovič titanium silencers, 1.1 l lighter compared to that of the Panigale V4 S, which add a racing touch to the bike's look thanks to the carbon fiber endcaps and the honeycomb grilles on the exhaust outlets, which recall the MotoGP world.

Dry clutch

The 90° V4 of the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 uses an STM EVO-SBK dry clutch that's made from billet aluminum. Compared to the wet clutch, it guarantees a more effective slipper function during extreme use of the bike on the track, even during the most aggressive downshifts, and greater fluidity during all "off-throttle" stages. In addition, the "mechanical" engine brake level can be customised by choosing a different secondary spring from those available in the Ducati Performance catalogue. The assembly of the carbon fiber open clutch cover, included in the equipment supplied, gives off the classic metallic noise, loved by all Ducatistas, just as it did at the time of the Ducati 916. 

Chassis parts defined by excellence

In terms of its chassis, the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 boasts the best you could wish for. 

Ducati Corse "Front Frame"

The "Front Frame", which uses the Desmosedici Stradale engine as a load-bearing element, is the same as the one used on the Panigale V4 R but differs for the lightweight side panels. These lightweight panels are machined; they allow the weight to be reduced further and the rigidity targets, required by Ducati Corse, to be met. 

Compared to the Monocoque, the "Front Frame" makes it possible to decouple the torsional and lateral stiffness so as to achieve the proper amount of pliability with respect to the stresses on the frame, better absorbing uneven road conditions in the curves and ensuring the necessary stability.  

All this translates into a superior agility and precision that provides the rider of the Panigale V4 with an easier and less tiring control. The main difference in the layout compared to traditional solutions is the use of the engine as a structural element for the entire frame. The "Front Frame" features a compact frontal structure weighing only 8.8 lbs, secured directly to the upper semi-casing of the front bank and to the cylinder head of the V4's rear bank, the engine block also serving as a connection point for the rear suspension and pivot point for the single swinging arm. 

The most important advantage of the "Front Frame" is the use of the Desmosedici Stradale engine to achieve the desired rigidity, making it possible to significantly reduce the extension of the main frame – and therefore its weight – achieving a superior rigidity/weight ratio. To this advantage is added the fact that the reduced length of the uprights running alongside the engine has made it possible to design a compact motorcycle, especially where the rider sits. The chassis is completed by the lightweight front subframe made of magnesium and the chill-cast aluminum seat support, secured on the top to the "Front Frame" and at the bottom screwed onto the cylinder head of the rear bank. The rear suspension exploits levers attached to the Desmosedici Stradale engine by forged aluminum. The levers react to the movements of an aluminum cast single-sided swinging arm.

Semi-active Öhlins suspensions

The frame is combined with the Öhlins NIX-30 fork, the Öhlins TTX36 rear shock absorber and the Öhlins steering damper, controlled by the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0. control system. For the rider, this means having access to a higher level of control over the bike's dynamics for the benefit of road safety and for lap times on the track. 

Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels

Compared to the Panigale V4 S, the incredibly light Marchesini Racing forged magnesium wheels allow for a 1 kg weight reduction of the unsprung masses: this makes the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 even more agile and quick to lean when tackling bends.

The unique lightness of forged magnesium meets the classic 3-spoke style with the characteristic 'W' shape that expresses elegance and high performance. The magnesium wheels of the Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 take advantage of the Marchesini racing experience; these are uncompromising wheels designed for the racing world as well as the enthusiast who wants the best in technology. The weight of the unsprung masses is reduced by one kg compared to the Panigale V4 S.

Top-of-the-range Brembo braking system

The first-class braking system consists of two Brembo discs, with a diameter of 330 mm, at the front coupled with Brembo Stylema® monoblock callipers. The rear system is composed of a single 245 mm disc with a 2-piston calliper. 

Electronics for the track

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 is equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic package, based on the use of the Bosch 6-axis inertial platform (6D IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit) that includes controls to manage all the riding phases. The electronic equipment includes:

  • Bosch EVO ABS Cornering
  • Ducati Traction Control EVO 2 (DTC EVO 2)
  • Ducati Slide Control (DSC)
  • Ducati Wheelie Control EVO (DWC EVO)
  • Ducati Power Launch (DPL)
  • Ducati Quick Shift up/down EVO 2 (DQS EVO 2)
  • Engine Brake Control EVO (EBC EVO)
  • Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO (DES EVO) 

This new version uses the strategy of the Ducati Traction Control EVO 2 (DTC EVO 2), derived from the Ducati Desmosedici GP18, and already used on the Panigale V4 R and V4 R SBK. It not only interfaces with the 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and adapts its intervention and bike sliding to bike leaning angle, but the software also considerably improves power management out of bends thanks to the new "predictive" control strategy. 

Ducati Traction Control EVO (DTC EVO 2) works both on rear spinning instant value, and also on its variation, intercepting grip loss more quickly and reducing slipping peaks, which ensures a faster a smoother intervention. This translates into a greater vehicle stability when exiting bends also when grip is not excellent, enhanced acceleration and improved performance both on single laps and on the long run. 

Furthermore, the DTC EVO 2 works the throttle body valves when no fast control is required, thereby ensuring that ideal combustion parameters are maintained and obtaining a smoother engine response. The DTC EVO 2 can be set to 8 different levels (6 for dry conditions and 2 for wet conditions), which allow each rider to adjust the control strategy to his/her own riding style and grip conditions, in order to achieve top performance. 

Derived directly from the Panigale V4 R, the DQS EVO 2 increases stability during gear shifts at times of strong acceleration when bent and reduces up-shift cutting times, allowing for sportier gear shifting at high loads – over 10,000 rpm, typical in track use.

All the information necessary for riding is displayed by the high-resolution full-TFT colour 5-inch instrument panel (186.59 PPI – 800xRGBx480) that, through an intuitive interface, also allows you to adjust the settings of the individual controls.

The Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 comes with the Ducati Data Analyser+ (DDA+) with GPS module, a competition-grade telemetry system that consists in a device for data acquisition via CAN line and analysis software for Windows and Mac PCs inspired by professional applications. The device stores vehicle usage parameters like trajectories, RPM, gear, throttle opening angle, engine rpm, front brake pressure, DTC etc. and geolocates them on the track. Once disconnected from the motorcycle and inserted in the USB port of the computer, the software allows you to load the different channels acquired and to analyse your performance on the track.