In October last year, Ducati commissioned a prototype of the Panigale V4 R design, but the special feature was the carbon fiber parts. This makes both the car community and the media think that Ducati is developing a super light version for the model Panigale V4 and expected to have the official name of Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera.
Since then, there has been no information on this special edition. But recently, Ducati has sent an email to a small number of customers, the email titled “Project 1708” – Project 1708 – has been sent to customers who are followers of the Italian car brand. to solemnly invite these special guests to attend the special event.
In addition, Ducati CEO Claudio Domenicali emphasized that the Italian automaker has successfully developed a completely new carbon fiber technology and was applied on “Project 1708”. Domenicali also called the product of Project 1708 “A technical and design masterpiece”. Attached to this email is a link to a separate page with information about Project 1708.
According to some people who received the email, the new model of Project 1708 is definitely an ultra-light car with a dry weight of 152 kg, about 20 kg lighter than the Ducati Panigale V4 R. To achieve such an ultra-light weight, Ducati has fitted the frame, sub-frame, rim and rear wheels made entirely of carbon fiber.
The power of the car is inherited from the Panigale V4 R supercar with Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, producing 224 horsepower, if equipped with Akrapovic exhaust, the capacity of the car will be increased to 234 horsepower. Not only has the super lightweight chassis structure, Ducati also improved the V4 engine block to reduce the weight of the vehicle thanks to the use of camshafts, dry clutches and screws.
Other equipment on the Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera also has advanced Ohlins suspension, Brembo Stylema R brakes, standard Pirelli tires and aerodynamic wings similar to the V4 R. The standard racing package with Akrapovic tubes, carbon fiber conical covers and titanium single-handle grips.
Owning the most advanced equipment today, the price of the Ducati Panigale V4 Superleggera is also very different. To be able to own this ultra-light version of Panigale V4, customers will have to pay a relatively large amount, namely $ 100,000, equivalent to 2.3 billion. The vehicle is expected to start production from April 2020 with an output of 5 cars per day.