During Ducati's 2017 MotoGP team launch, company CEO Claudio Domenicali confirmed Borgo Panigale was working on a new superbike using a race bike derived V4 engine.

Domenicali wouldn't be drawn on many details, but did acknowledge the brand's next superbike will be based around a 90-degree V4, similar to the one which will do duty in 2017 under Ducati's MotoGP pairing of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

"The engine development we have made in MotoGP has been exceptional. We have an engine which is very reliable, very light, compact and has a lot of interesting technology. We are seriously thinking of introducing it to regular customers as it is a masterpiece of engineering."


According to Motomatters.com the new bike won't be rare exotic like Ducati's nearly untouchable Desmosedici RR, the $72,000 road replica of it's MotoGP bike offered for sale in 2006. Based on Domenicali's comments, the bike will likely show up as a premium superbike built around a MotoGP derived engine, replacing the current top shelf Panigale R.

Pricing is likely to be south of $40,000, in line with the Panigale R, but the project's ethos will definitely be geared towards meeting FIM homologation requirements for MotoGP's sister series, the World Superbike Championship.

Based on hints from Ducati's sporting Director, Paolo Chiabatti, we could see the new bike debut as early as this November at EICMA 2017 in Milan, “For sure we will race with the Panigale for 2017 and 2018.”

A late 2017 debut would allow Ducati to race the new V4 in smaller national series' during 2018, taking the company's traditional route of developing new race bikes away from the limelight before launching a year later on the world circuit.
At this point it's unclear if Ducati will incorporate lessons it picked up in advanced aerodynamics during the 2016 MotoGP season, the Bologna factory is still bitter about the FIM's ban on wings for the 2017 MotoGP season.

Domenicali was adamant the company would have new solutions, continuing to push development both on the racetrack and the roadways. "They cannot continue every season to ban something. I'm glad we have these people here because [Ducati Corse boss] Gigi [Dall'Igna] and his team are very focused on advanced development. It is not only a team spirit among riders, but a lot of development of technology and this will be very interesting for our future Ducati customer bikes."

When the new Ducati does debut it will join the Honda RCV213-S and the KTM RC16 as purebred racing motorcycles mere mortals can buy with money.