Historically reserved for Ducati’s homologation-spec superbikes, the esteemed “SP” or “Sport Production” designation hasn’t featured on one of the Italian marque’s motorcycles since 2012. And while the subsequent SPS and R models have each had their turn to take up the torch, they’re not the meaning-laden monikers of their predecessor.
Ducatistas rejoice, for the SP is back. However, rather than taking over as the top dog, it’s going to live alongside the higher-priced V4R. Combining the best of the current crop of Panigales, the resulting SP is a well-rounded bike that comes in at just 381lbs. It uses the 1103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine powering the V4 and V4S, putting out 214hp at 13,000rpm and 91.5lb-ft of torque. But unlike the base bike, it gets the dry clutch and open cover found on the higher-specced V4R and Superleggera. And while its Öhlins NIX 30 fork and TTX 36 rear shock from the V4S aren’t on par with the pro stuff, they’re an effective combo for most. Last but not least, the SP gets treated to Ducati’s winter test livery, a brushed aluminum tank, and plenty of carbon, including rims, winglets, and a mudguard. Available this March for $37,000, every bike will be individually numbered.