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Published on August 28th, 2020 | by Joshua Chin

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Ducati Malaysia Announces Arrival Of New Panigale V2

The latest iteration of Ducati’s V-twin superbike arrives in Malaysia. 

As part of the Ducati Trio launch, Next Bike Sdn. Bhd, the official distributor of Ducati in Malaysia has also announced the launch of the Ducati Panigale V2. 

Supposedly the entry-level superbike, the Panigale V2 is cheaper than its more hardcore brethren at RM 109,900. That being said, it is still no less potent and powerful, both on track and on the road. 

A replacement for the Panigale 959, the V2 retains a 955 cm³ Superquadro engine. However, it is now not only Euro 5 compliant, but also more powerful than its predecessor. Pumping out 155 hp and 104 Nm of torque in this new V2 guise, a 5 hp and 2 Nm increase over the 959. 

Although intended to be blindingly quick, the V2 should also be a safe superbike as it comes standard with ‘ABS Bosch Cornering EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift Up/down (DQS) EVO and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO’. Not to mention, the twin Brembo disk brakes either end of the red-on-white body. 

Open for bookings starting today, this Italian superbike seems to be a fitting successor to continue the Ducati V-twin tradition. 

More information can be found in the press release below: 

The twin-cylinder Panigale has been given a thorough makeover. The Panigale V2 takes a totally new design, features sophisticated electronics based on a 6-axis inertial platform and, thanks to a more comfortable rider seat and the suspension set-up, offers better yet safer sports performance while making road riding more enjoyable and user-friendly than ever. 

The new extensive fairing gently embraces the monocoque frame, highlighting the compactness of the Superquadro twin-cylinder engine to create a bike that is visually more compressed. Another key part of the Panigale V2 look is the single-sided swingarm and the new exhaust with extremely compact under-engine silencer and single-side end pipe. The clean lines typical of Ducati superbikes are enhanced by the traditional Ducati Red livery and black wheels, or customers can also choose an all-new White Rosso livery where the purity of Star White Silk is interrupted by the energy of Ducati Red on the rims, the front air inlets and the deflector on the upper half fairing.

The Panigale V2 sports a Euro 5 compliant, 955 cm³ Superquadro engine which delivers even more power (+5 hp) and torque (+2 Nm) than its predecessor. With a maximum power of 155 hp at 10,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 104 Nm at 9,000 rpm, the Superquadro remains true to its nature: as user-friendly on the road as it is powerful – yet always under control – on the track. Valve play checks are scheduled every 24,000 km and services every 12,000 km or 12 months.

Prioritising rider safety without compromising its performance, the Panigale V2 comes with safety features including ABS Bosch Cornering EVO, Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO, Ducati Quick Shift Up/down (DQS) EVO and Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO. Additionally, the bike is completed with a state-of-the-art Brembo braking system. Its front brakes use twin M4.32 Brembo monobloc callipers actuated by master cylinders. The front callipers grip 320 mm discs, while a single 24mm disc at the rear is gripped by a single Brembo calliper. 

All controls are incorporated in the three Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Street) and can be adjusted via the new 4.3″ colour TFT dashboard. Featuring a user-friendly graphic interface browsing menus, adjusting settings and identifying the selected Riding Mode couldn’t be easier.

Not even the comprehensive, cutting-edge electronics package – based on the 6-axis inertial platform – leaves the rider in any doubt that the Panigale V2 has thoroughbred sports blood running through its veins. The new electronics package raises active safety and dynamic control standards by adding the cornering function to the ABS, upgrading the quickshift so it now covers down-changes and including traction control, engine brake control and wheelie control.

Customers aiming to improve their lap times can use the standard DLT GPS feature which automatically records and saves lap times and displays them directly on the dashboard each time the bike crosses the finish line, the coordinates of which are set by pressing the flasher button. If a lap time is the best of the current track session, the Best Lap function causes it to flash for 5 seconds. At every lap – for a total of 30 consecutive laps – the DLT GPS records lap time, maximum speed and lean/yaw angles. The information can be displayed on the screen via the relative menu. DLT GPS is available as a Ducati Performance plug-and-play accessory.

The Ducati Data Analyser + GPS (DDA + GPS), allows assessment of bike and rider performance by showing traces for specific data items. DDA + GPS is a vital on-track performance monitoring tool. Not only does it automatically display and record Panigale V2 lap times, it also saves other data traces such as throttle opening, bike speed, engine rpm, selected gear, engine temperature, distance travelled, rpm and DTC. DDA + GPS is available as a Ducati Performance plug-and-play accessory.

The Panigale V2 may also be used with the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS). This lets riders accept incoming calls, select and listen to music or receive text messages via Bluetooth. When the rider mounts the motorcycle the smartphone automatically connects to the bike via Bluetooth, letting the rider control the main multimedia functions. The TFT display shows the music being played, the new text message icon or caller’s name. Phone call audio and music are transmitted to the helmet earpieces. DMS is available as a Ducati Performance plug-and-play accessory.

The Panigale V2 is priced at RM 109,900 and available to order now at the nearest authorized Ducati dealership.

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