Ducati confirmed a naked version of the Panigale V4 is on the way for 2020, announcing a prototype of the Streetfighter V4 will be entered in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb later this month. Carlin Dunne, who previously won the PPIHC motorcycle class on a Multistrada, will be riding the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype in the June 30 race.
The Streetfighter will be powered by the same 1103cc V4 engine as the Panigale V4. The prototype is equipped with an Akrapovic exhaust system with twin silencers asymmetrically mounted low to either side of the bike, but the production model will likely have a completely different set-up.
Troy Siahaan snapped this photo of this very early version of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype undergoing testing. It used the new exhaust and one-piece handlebar but still had parts of the Panigale bodywork.
Early versions of the Streetfighter V4 were spotted in May undergoing testing in preparation for Pikes Peak. MO‘s own Troy Siahaan snapped the photo above of one of the test bikes. This early model still sported part of the Panigale V4’s inner fairing but was fitted with the finished prototype’s exhaust system.