Like all good things coming to an end, the L-twin Brobdingnagian motor that is currently running on all street ’topspeed_link]s’ is also spurting towards the end and is being replaced by a V4 engine currently being developed for the Italian’s brand new fully faired superbike. It made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Thanks to the guys of MaxxMoto, we have now heard what this piece of machinery sounds like much before Ducati intended us to.


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The V4 Superbike snapped testing

Ducati, a few weeks back, released a press statement to save the date: “The sound of a new era is coming. Thursday 7 September 2017, 12:00 pm. Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, ITALY.”

Although this did not say much, we were hoping to have a glimpse of the production model before the official launch at the EICMA show in Milan later this year. Or at the least, the engine itself firing up.

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Nonetheless, until the big reveal happens, our friends at youtube help us get snippets of the superbike and subdue our hunger. Just make sure you have your sound up and wait for it. And immediately you can make out the difference between the L-twin engines.

Sounding similar to Aprilia’s RSV4, this V4 from Ducati will also make use of the “big bang” or “long bang” firing of its cylinders replacing the “twin-pulse” of the L-Twin engines.

After all, the engine alone is a big deal for the folks at Ducati who have possibly created another stellar performer having the same pedigree and DNA of the brand’s MotoGP powertrain, the Desmosedici V4. The V4 engine will also borrow cues from the Superquadro v-twin engine design elements to get the right packaging and balance.

We have already seen the V4 Superbike snapped testing on the streets with full test equipment and light camouflaging. We figure that the single-sided swingarm and the underslung exhaust unit remain similar to the current Panigale and the Superleggera. Ducati will also make use of the current “frameless” chassis design that has the headstock, swingarm, and rear subframe attached directly to the engine mounts.

Other mechanical elements cannot be verified for sure, but it looks like this V4 superbike will make use of Ohlins semi-active electronic forks up-front and a conventionally mounted rear shock unit. Expect all kinds of electronic rider aids and rider modes to be made available to the rider to hoon the new power on the Italian machine.