As the replacement for Ducati’s venerated V-twin, the 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 has drawn a lot of interest amongst the Ducatisti, or Ducati fans, and we have news that it might be shown in Malaysia ahead of its Asian launch, tentatively set for June 26th. An unnamed source in Ducati informed us the Panigale V4 might have its Malaysian premiere this April, and bookings are currently being taken.

A Facebook posting by Ducati Penang shows the tentative pricing for the Panigale V4 at RM133,900 for the base model. The Panigale V4S with Ohlins suspension is going for RM173,900, while the limited edition V4 Speciale with 226 hp is set at a nose-bleeding RM359,900.

Replacing the 1299 Panigale at the top of Ducati’s superbike range, the Panigale V4 carries a 90-degree V-four Stradale engine displacing 1,103 cc, with reverse-rotating crankshaft. Power from the Stradale V-four mill is claimed to be more than 210 hp at 13,000 rpm, with torque at more than 120 Nm between 8,750 and 12,250 rpm.

The engine is fed by four oval throttle bodies with an equivalent diameter of 52 mm, coupled to variable length intake manifolds, and valve movement uses Ducati’s Desmodromic mechanical valve actuation. The famous Ducati trellis frame is now gone, replaced with a monocouque “Front Frame” that weighs only 4 kg, with the engine a load-bearing component.

Difference between the base model 2018 Ducati Panigale V4 and the V4S is the electronic suspension, with Ohlins NIX30 front fork and TTX36 rear shock. The V4 Speciale is a 1,500 unit limited edition Panigale V4 that puts out 226 hp at 13,750 rpm and 133.6 Nm of torque at 11,000 rpm.