Why the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4?

The undisputed phenomenon – in the naked segment, success like no other: the Ducati Streetfighter V4. This eccentric motorcycle is built for power and riding pleasure. Already a classic that has left nothing but positive emotions in its wake: performance, dynamism, iconic design and exclusive technology with an unmistakable DNA.

Riding quality and precision are the hallmarks of the DUCATI SUPERSPORT naked range. A technological wonder, the Streetfighter V4 is an unprecedented Ducati super-bike made to sound, feel and look like no other with a torque curve that shatters performance norms.



The Ducati Streetfighter V4 has established new standards in the segment of pure-blooded naked motorcycles. The unique chassis geometry, swingarm pivot position and other modifications to the chassis provide a clear advantage thanks to its explosive acceleration and agile yet ultra-precise handling.

This success was primarily due to its impressive power-to-weight ratio. The Ducati Streetfighter’s breathtaking performance was based on a simple yet highly effective conception of Ducati’s most advanced materials and technologies. 

The naked was the birth of an extreme, uncompromising, naked sports bike representative of a new era in the evolution of the “super sports” class. It is an “authentic” Ducati in every aspect — a unique motorbike which only itself can rival as it blazes a trail in the motorcycle world of tomorrow.

Name of bike2023 Streetfighter V4
 This article is aboutNew 2023 Streetfighter V4
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2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 launch video

What changes in the 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4?

1. Design

The Panigale V4 is stripped of the fairings and with high and wide handlebars: this is the design concept at the base of the Streetfighter V4, designed to amplify the driver’s emotions by making the driver feel the protagonist in every ride on the road. 

An unrivalled nude, modern and technological, with a powerful and exciting design which does nothing to hide its performance.

Tyres and Brakes
Front Brake Diameter330 mm
Rear Brake Diameter245 mm
Drive TypeChain Drive

The bike transmits sportiness at first glance, with the single-seater configuration due to the presence, in the standard equipment, of the replaceable passenger seat cover with saddle and footrests supplied as standard, as is the case on the new Panigale V4. 

The tank, evolved in shape and with a greater capacity (16.5 kg), is embraced by new side covers that support the wings. 


Single seat

With the single-seater configuration due to the presence, as standard equipment, of the replaceable passenger seat cover with saddle and footrests supplied, the new Streetfighter V4 conveys sportiness at first glance.

Dimensions and Capacity
Fuel Capacity17 L
Saddle Height845 mm
Wheelbase1488 mm
Dry Weight180 kg

New extractors

Behind the radiator stand out the new hot air extractor profiles, which follow the design evolutions made by the Panigale V4 and have a structural function. They are fixed directly to the frame and integrate the double overlapping wings, which, in addition to being a reference to MotoGP, generate the vertical load necessary to guarantee maximum stability at high speeds. 

New tank design

The loaded lines of the tank give the new Streetfighter V4 a predatory look, ready to attack. The structure is made of aluminium and goes from 16 to 17 litres with a change of conformation, which, as on the Panigale V4, better supports the rider under braking and in the travel phase.  

Additional Features Of VariantABS Cornering Bosch EVO, Ducati Slide Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Power Launch, Engine Brake Control, Ducati Electronic Suspension
Seat TypeSplit
Body GraphicsYes
Passenger FootrestYes

Full-LED projector

The minimalist design of the full-LED headlight recalls the front of the Panigale V4. Still, it refers to the crazy expression of the Joker, declared inspiration for the Centro Sile Ducati in creating the new naked from Borgo Panigale. 

Double layer fairing

The compact front headlight assembly is inserted in a double-layer casing with a particularly refined design, in which the air intakes for the air box and the cooling of the LED units are obtained. At the same time, a rear deflector prevents the flow from impacting directly on the tank. 

The 5″ TFT dashboard surmounts the projector (the same as the Panigale V4) and is integrated with a sophisticated front cover that elegantly hides the fixings and wiring.

The new colours of the Fight Formula

The colour range consists of Ducati Red and the new Gray / Black livery, which will be available only for the “S” version: a perfect colour choice to show the “bad” side of the Streetfighter V4 S and to attract attention when it is let’s drive. 

Body Type
Body TypeSuper Bikes, Sports Naked Bikes
Body GraphicsYes

2. Upgraded electronics

The new Streetfighter V4 and V4S are updated in the electronics in terms of performance, implementing the new Power Mode logic already introduced with the Panigale V4, but with calibrations dedicated to the Desmosedici Stradale engine in the Streetfighter configuration. 

There are four engine delivery strategies: Full, High, Medium, and Low. 


Power Mode Full

Power Mode Full allows the engine to express its full potential with torque curves without electronic filters, except for the first gear. It is not associated with any of the Riding Modes in the default configuration but must be selected manually by the rider. 

Power Mode High & Medium

For the High and Medium Power Modes, a new Ride by Wire map management system has been developed with dedicated calibration for each of the six gears, which ensures the rider always obtains the optimum thrust at each opening of the throttle. The calibrations dedicated to the Streetfighter V4 guarantee the maximum correlation between the torque value requested by the driver and that delivered. 

Power Mode Low

The Power Mode Low, on the other hand, has been designed for driving on the road or for low-grip surfaces, limiting the bike’s maximum power to 160 HP and offering a remarkably manageable throttle response. 

Tail LightLED
Turn Signal LampLED
Low Fuel IndicatorYes

New Wet Riding Mode

The new Streetfighter V4 features a new range of Riding Modes: Race, Sport and Wet. The three pre-set riding styles guarantee the behaviour of the bike that is perfectly adaptable to the rider, the type of track and the environmental conditions. 

Each Riding Mode is programmed to vary the engine’s character and the electronic controls’ parameters. In the S version, the suspension set-up also sees the introduction. The new Wet Riding Mode is introduced to make riding safer on low-grip surfaces.

Second generation TFT

The dashboard of the Streetfighter V4 and V4S follows the evolution already seen with the Panigale V4 using a high-resolution full-colour 5″ TFT instrument, with the virtual circular tachometer as the dominant element of the dashboard on the right side. 

The graphics are revised in all views to make all the information more straightforward and descriptive and to help the pilot calibrate all the adjustable parameters.

For those who want to maximize the performance of the Streetfighter V4 on the track, the dashboard now offers the Track Evo display mode, which replicates the layout used on the MotoGP Desmosedici and guarantees a quick view of the essential information and the intervention of the electronic controls. Those who prefer to drive on the road will still enjoy a racing-inspired dashboard appearance. 

Ducati Electronic Suspension EVO

The S version is equipped with event-based Öhlins suspension with electronic control based on the second generation Öhlins Smart EC (Electronic Control) system.

Ducati Lap Timer GPS

The DLT GPS, available as a Ducati Performance accessory, allows lap times to be automatically detected, stored, and displayed directly on the motorcycle dashboard at each crossing over the finish line.

Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS

The Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS (DDA + GPS) allows you to evaluate the performance of the bike and rider, graphically presenting specific data channels.

Ducati Multimedia System

The predisposition evidence the versatility of the Streetfighter V4 for the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS), through which it is possible to accept incoming calls, select and listen to a piece of music and receive SMS.

3. Engine

The Ducati Desmosedici Stradale engine is born directly from the beating heart of the Ducati Desmosedici GP to transform power and excellence into pure pleasure to be enjoyed on the road and the track. The Desmosedici Stradale is the sound of a new era.  

The fluid dynamics of the Desmosedici Stradale echo the dimensions and geometry used on the Desmosedici GP, as well as the configuration of the engine: 90 ° V4 rotated backwards by 42 °. This solution makes the Ducati engine extraordinarily compact and allows the masses to be centred, allowing it to be perfectly integrated into the bike. The bike is expected to have 13.2 km/l mileage.


Racing derivation

The Desmosedici Stradale was created to combine sports use on the track with all the needs of road use. The engine has a displacement higher than the MotoGP one, to be precise 1,103 cm3, to maximize the torque qualities at medium revs, so crucial for the enjoyment of the bike on roads open to traffic and to obtain torque and power at lower revs. 

The new Streetfighter V4 is born in the wake of the technical evolutions and updates of the Panigale V4 family. The result is a super sports car stripped of the fairings with high and wide handlebars, 178 kg weight, 1,100 cm3 Desmosedici Stradale engine with 208 HP, kept at bay by biplane wings and the latest generation electronic package. 

Engine and Transmission
Engine TypeDesmosedici Stradale 90° V4, rearward-rotating crankshaft 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid-cooled.
Displacement1103 cc
Power153 kW (208 hp) @ 13,000 rpm
Max Torque123 Nm (12.5 Kgm) @ 9.500 rpm
Cooling SystemLiquid Cooled
Valve Per Cylinder4
StartingSelf Start Only
Fuel SupplyFuel Injection
Gear Box6 Speed
Bore81 mm
Stroke53.5 mm
Compression Ratio14.0:1
Emission TypeBs6
Mileage13 kmp/l

Revised engine calibration

The Desmosedici Stradale has been revised in the calibration to match the greater diameter of the silencer outlet introduced to reduce the exhaust back pressure.

New engine management strategy

To increase driving comfort, a new management strategy keeps the exhaust valve closed in urban and extra-urban use in sixth gear up to 140 km / h, guaranteeing better acoustic comfort for the driver.

Clutch cover for dry clutch assembly

The clutch cover of the Panigale V4 is mounted on the right side, allowing you to easily mount the dry clutch and the cover protection.

4. Aerodynamics

For the Streetfighter V4, biplane configuration wings have been developed designed by Ducati Corse specialists in collaboration with the Ducati Style Center, which guarantee maximum stability at both high speeds and braking and a lower tendency to wheelie in acceleration, limiting the interventions on the chassis as much as possible, to have an agile and quick behaviour in the mixed.

The aerodynamic development was carried out entirely with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations using a calculation method that provides stationary simulations of the motion and pressure fields to increase the vertical force on the vehicle, particularly on the front wheel. 


Aerodynamic appendages

To ensure maximum stability both at high speeds and when braking and a lower tendency to wheelie during acceleration, limiting interventions on the chassis as much as possible.


The new fenders provide 35 kg (+ 7 kg) of “downforce” at 270 km / h, 27 kg on the front wheel and 8 kg on the rear wheel.

Increased “anti-squat” effect.The “anti-squat” effect has been improved by raising the swingarm pivot position by +4 mm. It helps the rider in all phases of opening the accelerator and stabilizing the bike in acceleration.

Pass SwitchYes
Riding ModesYes
Traction ControlYes
Power ModesYes
Launch ControlYes
Quick ShifterYes
Additional FeaturesABS Cornering Bosch EVO, Ducati Slide Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, Ducati Power Launch, Engine Brake Control, Ducati Electronic Suspension
Passenger FootrestYes
Engine Kill SwitchYes

More significant support when braking and leaning

The more significant support in the rush and lean phases is given both by the new ergonomic shape of the fuel tank and by the increase in its capacity (+ 0.5 litres).

Biplane wings by Ducati Corse

To reduce the lateral dimensions of the appendages as much as possible, it was decided to develop an aerodynamic configuration that provides two wings with reduced openings positioned in the shape of a biplane to make them work independently. 

The single appendix can be described as a wing with a single element and a rectangular plan, with winglets on the outer lateral end. To maximize the anti-wheelie effect, the wings have been positioned close to the front wheel (near the side radiator panels). 

How do they work?

The wing’s vertical load reduces the “float” of the front wheel at high speeds, causes the tendency to wheelie and increases stability during braking, entering and cornering. 

This dynamic behaviour instils safety and limits the intervention of the electronic controls so that the driver is led to keep the accelerator open for longer and to brake later right into the corner, benefiting from great benefits in terms of performance.

What are the benefits?

The effect of the introduction of the aerodynamic appendages is 28 kg of “downforce” at 270 km / h, of which 20 kg on the front wheel and 8 kg on the rear wheel. The wings also benefit thermal disposal by increasing the crossing speed of the water and oil radiators, respectively, by + 2% and + 10%. 

Suspension and Brakes
Suspension FrontOhlins NIX30 43 mm fully adjustable fork with TiN treatment. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode
Suspension RearFully adjustable Ohlins TTX36 unit. Electronic compression and rebound damping adjustment with Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 event-based mode. Aluminium single-sided swingarm.
Brakes FrontDisc
Brakes RearDisc
ABSDual Channel
Tyre SizeFront :-120/70-17 Rear :-200/60-17
Wheel SizeFront :-431.8 mm,Rear :-431.8 mm
Wheels TypeAlloy
Tubeless TyreTubeless


Starting from € 22,990. The Ducati Streetfighter V4 is the latest iteration in a series of Ducati models pushing the street bike envelope. The Streetfighter family was first born out of Ducati’s efforts to compete with hyper nakeds like Kawasaki Z H2 and MV Agusta Rush, which had created its market segment by making massive, badass bikes for people who’d never ridden before. 

That first bike, the Ducati Streetfighter, launched in 2009 proved to be a surprise hit for the company. It spawned an entire family of bikes focusing on performance and stripped designs leaving out body fairings and other usual street-biking accoutrements.

The 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 was designed to go fast through the corners and stop quicker than it takes for you to wipe the windshield before even attempting the next turn. This is not a leisurely cruiser, but a hot, hyper-naked roadster has been taken from the track and set loose on the open road.

Ducatis can be best described as “Motorcycles that are designed to go fast” – focus on riding them quickly between tight turns and responsive to rider input without hindering their ability to carry a speed or high highway speeds.


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