The new Ducati Superleggera boasts of an all carbon fiber structure, with carbon fiber chassis, carbon fiber subframe, carbon swingarm, and carbon fiber wheels.

CarAndBike, By Preetam Bora

© CarAndBike | Ducati Superleggera V4 With 230 bhp Power Unveiled

Ducati has unveiled the new benchmark for superbikes with the all-new Ducati Superleggera V4, the lightweight model with all-carbon bodywork. Ducati calls the new Superleggera V4 the most technologically advanced motorcycle ever, and when fitted with the optional Akrapovic track-only exhaust, the 998 cc V4 engine produces 234 bhp of maximum power. And going with the name, the 'super-light' V4 tips the scales at 154 kg dry, losing 2 more kg to 152 kg when the Akrapovic exhaust is installed. And that means it has the best power-to-weight ratio from any production street bike ever created.

The Superleggera V4 also has the distinction of the only street-legal motorcycle with all-carbon-fiber structure, including carbon fiber chassis, carbon fiber subframe, carbon swingarm, carbon fiber wheels, and even carbon fiber bodywork. Although based on the Ducati Panigale V4R, the carbon fiber rolling chassis alone accounts for 6.7 kg weight loss. Add to that other lightweight component, including titanium and aluminum bits, it's not difficult to see how those weight savings have been achieved. There's also Brembo braking, with an MCS master cylinder as well as Stylema R calipers, the latest version of Brembo's top-spec calipers.

And if all that power and lightweight means the Superleggera V4 may be very eager to point skyward at the slightest twist of the wrist, the biplane aerodynamic package derived from the Ducati Desmosedici GP16 race bike from MotoGP helps keep things in control. According to Ducati, the winglet set-up on the fairing offers almost double the downforce - 50 kg of it created at 270 kmph to keep the front end hooked to terra firma. The winglets are also said to improve anti-wheelie characteristics out of high-speed corner exits, and also improve braking stability on the straight. But all that carbon fiber, aluminum, and titanium bits will come at a price. And if rumors are to be believed, it will cost a cool $100,000 (around Rs. 71.50 lakh). And if you're thinking of getting one of these in India, it will at least be over a crore by our estimates.

This article was originally published by CarAndBike.
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