Ducati Marks 25th Anniversary with Limited Edition Panigale V4

By Paul Joseph

Legendary Italian motorbike makers Ducati have created a new limited edition model to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Ducati 916 superbike.

Limited to just 500 units worldwide, the special edition Panigale V4 25° Anniversario 916 comes with both mechanical as well as aesthetic changes, including an original livery and exclusive racing components.

In terms of aesthetic touches, the bike’s livery is inspired by the Ducati 996 SBK (winner of the 1999 World Superbike Championship) along with forged magnesium Marchesini Racing wheels, a titanium type-approved Akrapovič exhaust and a range of carbon fibre and billet aluminium components.

Mechanically, the bike is based on the Panigale V4 S, but has racing-focused components from the Panigale V4 R such as the Ducati Corse Front Frame and even more track-specific electronics, such as Ducati Quick Shift EVO 2 and “predictive” Ducati Traction Control EVO 2.

Speaking about the special edition bike, Ducati said: “The Ducati 916 wasn’t just a great bike, it also won World Superbike Championships: the 916 SBK was a force to be reckoned with even as it made its debut and the following years saw it win 120 races, eight constructors’ titles and six riders’ titles – four of them with Englishman ‘King’ Carl Fogarty.

“Even now, the English racer and the 916 remain the most successful ‘couple’ in Ducati SBK history.”

Each of the 500 units of the bike will be individually numbered, etched on the upper yoke of the triple clamp. The #5 of the sequence, however, will be set aside to honour Ducati rider Carlin Dunne, who had a fatal accident at Pikes Peak a few weeks ago. This motorcycle will be auctioned to support Dunne’s mother.

The remainder of the 499 examples will arrive at dealerships around the world starting from October with a price of $47,200.

The Ducati 916 was first introduced in 1994.

By Paul Joseph