Superceding the Ducati Panigale 1299 V-twin at the top of its superbike range is the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R, joining the current Panigale V4 and V4 S. Carrying the V-four Stardale engine, based on the Desmosedici racing engine used in MotoGP, the Panigale V4 is, according to Ducati, the closest thing you can get to the race machine, complete with winglets,

Compared to the 214 hp, 1.103 cc V-four Stradale engine in the Panigale V4 S, the V4 R carries a 998 cc V-four (to comply with racing rules) that makes 221 hp at 15,250 rpm and 11 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm. Fed by EFi with elliptical throttle bodies, the Panigale V4 Stradale engine claims a power-to-weight ratio of 1.1 hp per kg in standard trim.

Equipped as standard with an up-and-down quickshifter, the V4 R naturally uses the best available components from Brembo and Ohlins. The front wheel is stopped by twin 330 mm diameter semi-floating discs clamped by Brembo M4.32 Monobloc callipers with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO as standard.

Suspension is an Ohlins fully-adjustable titanium nitrided NPX fork while the rear end is help up by a fully-adjustable OHlins TTX36 monoshock. However, the more road-oriented Panigale V4 S gets Ohlins semi-active NIX30 and TTX36 electronic suspension.

Claiming a wet weight of 193 kg, fuel for the V4 R is carried in a 16-litre tank with a monoposto or single-seat as standard. A full suite of electronic riding aids comes as standard equipment including riding nd power delivery modes.

In its arsenal of tricks, the Panigale V4 R also comes with Bosch Cornering ABS EVO. Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Slide Control and Engine Braking Control. An aluminium alloy single-sided swingarm carries a Marchesini forged aluminium wheel and a lithium-ion battery cuts weight.