After nearly four and a half decades of utilizing L-Twin engines, Ducati introduced its new flagship Desmosedici Stradale V4 platform in 2018. Despite the new MotoGP-derived four-cylinder motor replacing its existing 1299 twin, Ducati opted to continue producing an L-Twin version of its current superbike platform with what’s now known as the Panigale V2. Originally introduced in 2020, the Panigale V2 is now being refreshed for the 2024 model year.
Constructed around Ducati’s ultra-advanced monocoque frame, the 2024 model year Panigale V2 is powered by the brand’s 955cc Superquadro twin-cylinder engine. Equipped with a state-of-the-art electronics package including engine braking, traction, and wheelie control, the engine puts down a healthy 155hp and 76.7ft-lbs of torque — at 10,750rpm and 9,000rpm, respectively. In typical Ducati fashion, this 2024 model year superbike also comes loaded with premium, track-focused suspension and brakes. What’s more, the entire bike rides on a set of lightweight five-arm Y-spoke forged wheels shod in ultra-sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa tires. Like the Panigale V4, the latest V2-spec is also available with a variety of optional exhaust upgrades — all of which leave the V2’s single-sided swing-arm and rear wheel on full display.
The 2024 Panigale V2 also wears the same full set of bodywork found on Ducati’s flagship superbike, though the twin-cylinder model is devoid of the V4-spec’s winglets and aero kit. And it’s the Panigale V2’s bodywork that’s received the most substantial update for its latest model year, as the Italian two-wheeler is now being offered in an all-new black-on-black livery — not unlike the scheme previously offered on the Ducati Streetfighter V4 S. Sporting a matte-finish, this blacked-out livery is juxtaposed via red wheel graphics, red “Ducati” and “Panigale” logos, and contrasting gloss black “V2” logos. Though only a paint job, this new black-on-black livery manages to make what’s already probably the best-looking superbike on the market all the more visually attractive — no easy feat by any metric.
Priced starting at $18,595, the 2024 Ducati Panigale V2 Superbike is slated to hit dealerships in Q3 of this year.