Ducati is pushing the performance boat right out with the announcement of “Project 1708”, otherwise known around the traps as the Ducati Superleggera V4.
Project 1078, named so as a homage to the date work first started on the project (2017, August), will be the most powerful and straight-up exotic motorcycle ever to come from Bologna with a license plate. Perspective owners have already been contacted by the brand, with an exclusive micro-site set up to register buyer interest.
Ducati is saying the Superleggera V4 is their first carbon fiber frame that’s gone into production. That’s partly true if you consider the 1299 Superleggera never really had a frame, as such, being a monocoque design, where the airbox attached to the steering head and that to the front of the engine. The alloy-framed Panigale V4 broke the monocoque mold when it was released back in 2018 with the Front Frame design. Think of the Front Frame as half a twin-spar design—the engine is still a structural chassis member—but the thick, beefy Front Frame allows the engineers to vary torsional and lateral rigidity separately to make the bike handle the road surfaces with better stability.
Only 500 units of the Superleggera V4/Project 1708 will be made worldwide, and at that price tag, it’s unlikely you’ll see one being thrashed around a racetrack in any form of anger (we live in hope, though). Still, the Ducati Superleggera V4 will be one hell of a machine, either being ripped around a racetrack or being kept in someone’s living room as a work of art.
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