2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 and V4 SP2 unveiled
Ducati has unveiled the 2023 Streetfighter V4 lineup which includes the standard V4, the V4 S and theV4 SP2. For the 2023 model year, the Streetfighter V4 and V4 SP2 get all the new updates from the 2023 Panigale V4 including two new engine tunes, a new riding mode, tweaks to the chassis and a new livery.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4 SP2 design
On the design front, the Ducati Streetfighter V4 largely remains the same apart from the new graphics on the bodywork. The fuel tank is also slightly redesigned to offer the rider better grip and the capacity has gone up from 16 to 17 litres. The V4 S is equipped with forged aluminium rims while the V4 SP2 get 5-spoke carbon rims. Moreover, the new ‘grey nero’ colour option makes the bike look more sporty.
As for the Streetfighter V4 SP2, the design remains largely similar and the ‘Winter Test’ livery which takes inspiration from the MotoGP and SBK Championship Ducati Corse bikes gets the new graphics as well.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4 SP2 engine & chassis
The Streetfighter V4 continues to get the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine churning out 205bhp at 13,000rpm and 123Nm. The chassis however gets some tweaks with the pivot now 4mm higher than the previous version like the 2023 Panigale V4. The Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 interface for the semi-active Ohlins suspension on the Steerfighter V4 S also gets a new tune. The Streetfighter V4 S also benefits from the same lithium-ion battery as found on the V4 SP2 which is 1.7kg lighter than the standard battery.
The Streetfighter V4 SP2 gets the same engine as that of the V4 and V4 S but the braking is improved thanks to the ‘Brembo Stylema R’ front brake callipers and lighter five-spoke carbon rims which are 1.4kg lighter than the forged magnesium rims on the V4 S.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4 SP2 tech
In the 2023 update, the Ducati Streetfighter V4, V4 S and V4 SP2 get the latest Ducati electronics suite which includes two new engine modes-full and low. There are a total of four engine modes: full, high, medium and low. In the full power mode, the electronics do not interfere with the power delivery while the low power mode limits the power to 162bhp and is mainly designed to be used on low grip surfaces. It also gets a new ‘Wet’ riding mode to help the rider control the bike more effectively in places where there is low traction. The new suite also includes an updated engine brake control system. The instrument cluster now gets a new ‘Track Evo’ display mode inspired by the layout used in MotoGP bikes. Ducati has also updated the Ducati Quick Shifter (DQS) to improve the fluidity of the shifts. Moreover, the cooling fan gets an update and are now more optimised for cooling the bike down in traffic and day-to-day use case.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 & V4 SP2 pricing and rivals
The Streetfighter V4 & V4 S compete with the likes of the BMW S 1000 R, Kawasaki Z H2 and Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS. The V4 SP 2 will be rivalled by the BMW M 1000 R. As for the launch of the 2023 Streetfighter V4 lineup we can expect Ducati to bring it to India sometime next year.