Biggest reveal at the 2020 Ducati World Premiere (DWP2020) was the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4, which comes in two versions, priced at 19,990 euros (RM93,094) and 22,990 euros (RM107,019) in Italy. Set for public release in March 2020, the Streetfighter V4 comes with biplane aerofoils on either side of the frame which Ducati says increases stability at speed and helps prevent front wheel lift under hard acceleration.

The main difference between the two flavours of Streetfighter V4 is in the suspension, with the base model getting fully-adjustable suspension while the Streetfighter V4 S gets electronic suspension lifted off the Panigale V4. Of note is the power output of Ducati’s naked superbike, which gets 208 hp at 12,500 rpm and 123 Nm of torque at 11,500 rpm from the liquid-cooled 1,103 cc Stradale V-four engine.

Both the engine and the front monocouque frmae come directly from the Panigale V4 and the Streetfighter is stripped of anything not deemed necessary to obtain that authentic “streetfighter” style. This includes the higher handlebars and separate light unit, which, for Streetfighter V4, is a combination LED DRL and projector light setup located low in front of Ducati’s naked superbike.

Boasting of a dry weight of 178 kg – closer to 200 kg ready to ride – the Streetfighter V4 boasts of a 1.17 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio. With this, Ducati chief executive officer Claudio Domenicali says the Streetfighter V4 is 25% more powerful than its closest competitor.

This number is increased further with the race use only titanium Akrapovic exhaust that boosts power to 216 hp while losing 4 kg in the process. The power delivery in the Streetfighter V4 is notably different from the Panigale V4 with 14% more torque sent to the rear wheel at 100 km/h.

Compared to the previous model Streetfighter, the Streetfighter 1098, torque takes 31% bump at 100 km/h. This is achieved not with making any modifications to the engine but by simply changing out sprockets for a bigger plate at the rear wheel and a smaller cog at the gearbox while fuel is carried in a 16-litre tank.

Rider comfort is also biased towards road use with 60 mm of foam padding for the front seat, while the rear passenger sits 25 mm lower on the Streetfighter V4 compared to the Panigale V4. For the Streetfighter V4 S, Ohlins provides the NIX30 and Smart EC 2.0 electronic front suspension while the rear end is held up with a Ohlins TTX36 monoshock, also electronically controlled.

Brembo supplies Stylema M4.30 Monobloc front callipers on 330 mm semi-floating discs while a 245 mm diameter disc on at back is stopped with a two-piston calliper with ABS Cornering EVO as standard. A full suite of electronics is supplied including Evo 2 traction control, wheelie control, slide control, engine braking, power launch and up-and-down quickshifter.

Optional extras include the Ducati Data Analyser+ with GPS module for racetrack work, Ducati Linkapp, anti-theft system and heated grips. Also available from the Ducati Performance catalogue for the Streetfighter V4 is an STM dry clutch, Marchesini firged lightweight wheels and Akrapovic exhaust.