India's first Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale has arrived in the country and the motorcycle, making it one of the most exclusive motorcycles to be sold here. The Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale is based on the standard Panigale V4, but gets several performance upgrades adding to a price tag of ₹ 51.81 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes the V4 Speciale almost three times more expensive than the standard Panigale V4 that starts from ₹ 20.53 lakh (ex-showroom). The "special" motorcycle is limited to just 1500 units globally, which will make it a rare sight on our roads.
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The Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale is one of the most expensive motorcycles to be sold in India and has been purchased by motorcycling enthusiast Kartikey Uniyal. Making it special are a bulk of upgrades on the supersport including a billet steering plate with screen-printed logo and a unique serial number, Alcantara seat covered with Ultrasuede along with carbon fibre heel guards. The bike gets a distinguished tri-colour livery as well.
Speaking on the arrival of the new Panigale V4 Speciale, Ducati India - Managing Director, Sergi Canovas said, "The new Panigale V4 is the essence of sport motorcycling in its most exhilarating and pure form. Just like its name, the Panigale V4 Speciale is a very special production in the Ducati story, a new symphony of Italian performance and emotion. We are proud to have delivered the first Panigale V4 Speciale to Kartikey Uniyal and welcome him to the Ducati family."
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The Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale also gets a fully adjustable NIX-30 inverted forks up front and TTX36 monoshock at the rear electronic suspension from Ohlins. The V4 Speciale also comes with a titanium Akrapovic exhaust, lighter lithium-ion battery and a cast magnesium subframe. Customers can get the lighter Marchesini forged magnesium racing wheels, which will be available at an additional cost over the half-crore price tag.
With respect to the powertrain, the Ducati Panigale V4 Speciale uses the same 1103 cc V4 engine tuned for 226 bhp at 13,750 rpm and 133.6 Nm of peak torque available at 11,000 rpm. The bike comes with a 6-speed transmission and gets a host of electronic aids to help tame all that power. The bike has a dry weight of 174 kg. In terms of competition, the Speciale remains unique but will face heat from the Kawasaki Ninja H2, Aprilia RSV4 and the likes on a race track.