aVIDEO: Watch how the Ducati Superleggera V4 is Put Together
The Ducati Superleggera V4 continues Ducati’s tradition in building special models that stand out from their own lineup of motorcycles. But the Superleggera V4 is super special because as the name means “Superlight.”
A bit more about the bike before we move on to the video.
This particular model’s Desmosedici (Desmodromic V-Four) engine produces 234 hp (174 kW) with the titanium racing exhaust in place. However, the main points are the weight saving measures such as carbon fibre bodywork, wheels, frame, swingarm besides magnesium and titanium bits in the engine that helps the bike to weigh only 152.2 kg, dry. That in turn results in a 1.54 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio. Fire-breathing stuff, for sure.
Okay, on to the video.
It documents the journey of unit 001/500 (yes, only 500 will be built) from a collection of parts to the complete motorcycle, starting with the carbon frame, wheels, subframe and swingarm. Look at just how light they are for the technicians to carry and flip around.
You can pick up some interesting bits here and there. For example, seeing two conrods sharing one crankpin on each side; the magnesium right-side engine cover; a plaque saying that the “Desmodromic camshaft hand-set by” with a signature at the bottom;
the bottom triple clamp, with a carbon fibre piece which holds the horn; production date stamped on the Öhlins fork leg.
As we head further into the video, we will see how the technicians test and prepare the Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers; installation of the top triple clamp stamped with No. 001/500.
Time for the bodywork, which you can see that all the parts are made of carbon fibre, including the entire seat and tail units. The seat padding is also distinctive, set in red and black.
The fairing’s side panels are installed with the winglets pre-installed. You will notice that the Superleggera has a total of four large winglets compared to even the Panigale V4 R homologation special model. Ducati says that these winglets will produce up to 50 kg of downforce at 270 km/h.
The video concludes with turning on the ignition. We are a bit disappointed to not hear the engine roar, too.
One last thing: It may cost RM 414,000 but Ducati says more people paid cash for it compared to the Scrambler SixtyTwo. The economy is bad, eh?