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Auto Today|October 2021
The Panigale V2 has unquestionable track pedigree, but as a track bike for the road, we find out how it handles the latter
Dipayan Dutta

There exists in all of us a fragment of ourselves that we keep away from the public eye. Usually, it’s the sum of all our less enviable qualities kept away from plain sight in cold store age. Most people that know you will probably never see this side, but every now and then, someone or (like in this case) something comes along, resonance happens and all those little demons you hid away come out to play. My most recent experience with “the resonance” has been with this Rosso red Ducati V2 you see on these pages. If you think about it with the rational part of your brain, owning a Panigale unless you spend every alternate weekend at the track makes very little sense. It runs hot like hellfire, the ride on the road is like an hour in Guantanamo’s “advanced” interrogation room and the body position would make Baba Ramdev himself cry out for mercy. The problem is, once you are onboard and you’ve thumbed the throttle, the rational part of your brain runs indoors and boards the windows.

Of course, you should’ve seen it coming a mile away. It is no secret that the V2 was reformulated from the Panigale 959, to bring it in line with the fearsome Panigale V4. Aside from the fact that the 2021 V4 gets the MotoGP inspired winglets, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the two apart. The form itself is sinister enough, but once you’ve dipped in it Ducati’s fiery Rosso red, there’s no running away from it, the Panigale V2 is a wolf in wolf’s clothing. For the detail-nerds in the audience, if you’re looking to tell the two apart, the side-mounted rear shock from the 959 and the belly exhaust are the most glaring differences. The V2 is a whole lot slimmer than the V4 too, but that’s not going to be exceedingly obvious unless you have both in the frame for reference. Overall though, the Panigale V2 is all shock and awe, with a hint of malevolent intent. For the record, if exotic and quintessentially Italian were at the top of your checklist, you’re probably going to love the Ducati Panigale V2.

“IN THE FLESH, THE PANIGALE V2 IS ALL SHOCK AND AWE, WITH A HINT OF MALEVOLENTINTENT

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