The Italian factory has just revealed a range of updates for its range of Panigale V4s for 2023.
It’s only been a year since Ducati released the third generation of its 213bhp rockets, so the list of changes isn’t extensive, but there’s enough stuff going on to get excited about. The headline news is an electronics package which consists of new engine braking controls, in addition to increased levels of quickshifter and traction control adjustability.
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Getting into specifics, the flagship Panigales will receive Ducati’s Engine Brake Control Evo 2 software, which offers three different levels to flick between, and different gear-by-gear calibration depending on which mode you’re in. It works by increasing the amount of engine braking in line with the amount of load on the rear wheel. It’s at its least intrusive under heavy braking as riders quickly scrub off speed on approach to a corner, before gradually increasing in intensity as you hit the middle of a turn. Ducati claims it’s been done in an effort to improve cornering stability and reduce the risk of the rear wheel locking up.
There’ve also been changes made to the quickshifter software, particularly for when you’re at full and partial throttle. It works by retarding the ignition timing rather than cutting the injection during a gear shift when the throttle is open. That means the changes are made without the engine cutting, which should make things smoother, more stable and arguably faster, too.
The factory’s also made tweaks to the accuracy of the ride-by-wire throttle and traction control systems. And away from the software, Ducati’s also made some small changes to the cooling fan to help it cope better with the high temperatures, while trying to improve things for riders who’ve often found things getting a little bit toasty on their Panigale. Ducati also says that the update will reduce the typical heat build-up often found at the end of track sessions.
Priced at an eye-watering £21,495 for the standard V4, £26,595 for the V4 S, and £34,295 V4 SP2, it’s good to see Ducati continuing to develop and improve its top-of-the-line sportbikes.
Interestingly, the new software updates can actually be installed on 2022 models, too. All you’ve got to do is contact your local Ducati dealership and it’ll hook you up. It’s a nice touch which shows that the Italian factory cares about its current customers as much as the new ones.
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