Ducati is planning on building more versions of the V4 engine which is currently used in the Panigale V4. These V4 engines will be smaller in displacement, and will be lower-performance versions of the current V4 to be used in new models, according to CEO of Ducati. More V4 engines will be made in future, to be introduced in other models in Ducati's motorcycle range. Ducati has introduced the V4 engine in the company's flagship superbike, introducing the 1103 cc Desmosedici Stradale engine this year in the top-of-the-line Panigale V4. And now, it looks like there will be more Ducati motorcycles with smaller V4 engines.
The first of the smaller displacement V4 engines will be a new V4 that is expected to be unveiled later this year, with engine capacity below 1,000 cc to meet the World Superbike homologation rules. The current V4 with 1,103 cc does not qualify to be used in WSBK, and with Ducati's long history in WSBK, it's almost certain that this is the first new engine which will be introduced, which will be a short-stroke 'R' version of the Panigale V4.
So far, it's not known what will be the next model from Ducati to sport a V4 engine. But from all indications, it seems that the next Multistrada will be the first bike after the Panigale to get a V4 engine. Also possible is a big supernaked with a V4 plonked in it, as well as another superbike with a lower capacity V4 to meet the WSB rules.
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