By Troy Siahaan Editor Score: 90.5%
2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4S
Editor Score: 90.5%
I couldn’t take it anymore. My surroundings were whizzing past my eyeballs quicker than my brain could process. Instead of relenting and slowing down, I thought maybe an upshift would bring the engine speed lower and give me a moment to recalibrate. But before clicking up a gear I had to glance down at the tach to see how fast the engine was spinning. It was somewhere around 10-11,000 rpm. That’s pretty fast for most motorcycles, especially those displacing 1103 cc – but the Desmosedici Stradale inside the 2020 Ducati Streetfighter V4S I’m piloting shows an (indicated) redline of 14,500 rpm. I still had over 4,000 rpm left to melt my brain! Incredible.
The upshift brought the world back into focus for a fraction of a second before the relentless power fried my senses again. Discretion being the better part of valor – especially since I was just merging onto the freeway – I finally backed off and slowed down, but not before hitting a rate of speed I probably shouldn’t mention on a public forum like this.
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Such is the nature of the new Ducati Streetfighter V4. Raw. Brutal. Mind-blowing. Ever since Ducati unleashed the 1103 cc V4 to the world in the first iteration of the Panigale V4, I’ve always described it the same way: Relentless. I’ve already used the word once in this review so far, and it’s likely I’ll use it several more times before this is over. It’s the only word I can think of that accurately portrays not only how much power and torque it has – 208 and 90 …read more