Ducati Malaysia today unveiled the Superleggera V4 – the “most exclusive Ducati ever produced” – here on our shores, bearing a price tag of RM888,000. Ducati is only ever building 500 units of the Superleggera V4, and the first and currently the only one here in Malaysia has already been sold.
This unit that you’re seeing here with the ID number 210/500 was delivered today to Datuk Nazir Hussin Akhtar Husin at the Ducati Flagship showroom in Petaling Jaya. Aside from this brand-new Superleggera, he also already has a Ducati Panigale V4 R, as well as a 1199 Panigale V4 S in his collection.
‘Superleggera’ means ‘Super Light’ in Italian, and as you can expect, the new Superleggera V4 once again pushes the technical envelope all in the name of saving a few (important) kilograms. In fact, the Superleggera V4 is the only street-legal motorcycle in the world to have its entire load-bearing structure (frame, subframe, swingarm, and wheels) made out of carbon fibre composite material, which helped save 6.7 kg!
With all the incredible weight-saving measures in place, including extensive use of carbon fibre, titanium, and machined aluminium parts, the Ducati Superleggera V4 weighs just 159 kg dry, 16 kg less than the Panigale V4, and translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 1.41 hp/kg – which is supposedly a record-breaking figure for a road legal sports bike, according to Ducati.
The Superleggera V4 can also be fitted with the Racing kit, which boosts engine output to 234 hp, while dropping its dry weight further to 152.2 kg, therefore raising its power/weight ratio to 1.54 hp/kg.
Other equipment included that pretty much makes this the most-extreme road-legal sports bike ever are the lightened Ohlins suspension system with pressurised fork, a Brembo brake system, as well as new electronics wizardries including “EVO 2 strategies” for the traction control system and Ducati Quick Shift (DQS), which allows riders to shift up and down without using the clutch.
Exclusive to the Superleggera V4 is also a special engine calibration for the Akrapovic racing exhaust, which gives riders access to a track-only “RaceGP” display mode, which Ducati says is a direct offshoot of the instrument panel on their MotoGP contender.