First Look: 2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2 and updates

Published: October 20, 2022

Ducati’s released its latest set of 2023 machinery updates today, with a slew of tweaks to the V4 and V4 S, as well as a new SP2 track-friendly variant.

Much of the change comes from the previous mods made to the Panigale superbike, which forms the base of the Streetfighter engine and chassis package. That means altered frame geometry, with a higher swingarm pivot and other detail mods, which Ducati claims improves stability and precision, as well as putting more weight over the front end to give better corner entry speed.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S

The suspension package remains much the same, with semi-active electronic Öhlins SmartEC2.0 control, 43mm NIX30 USD forks and a TTX36 rear monshock unit on the V4 S. The V4 base model gets cheaper (but still sweet) Showa BPF forks and a Sachs rear monoshock.

On the electronics front, the Streetfighters also get the updates pioneered on the Panigale, with new Power Modes logic, albeit with revised settings to suit the naked layout. There are four settings, Full, High, Medium and Low, with power output and throttle response set appropriately for each mode – the Low setting makes ‘just’ 165bhp, so perfectly suitable for novices…

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S

There’s a new Wet riding mode, with even steadier interventions to make life easier on slippery surfaces, and the 5” full colour TFT dashboard also gets a bit of a tickle up. That includes a new Track Evo display mode which claims to replicate the display on the Desmosedici MotoGP machine. Engine brake control and the Ducati quick shifter both get new strategies to further enhance handling and performance, especially on track.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4S

The bodywork remains mostly as you were, with the aerodynamic wings, but the fuel tank is reshaped as it’s been on the Panigale, adding a litre of capacity (now up to 17 litres) and giving better support to the rider under braking and cornering.

The 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale V-four engine is largely unchanged, still putting out 208bhp@13,000rpm, but getting some detail remapping to suit the tweaked exhaust. It also gets a new Panigale clutch cover.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 tech highlights

o Desmosedici Stradale engine, 1,103 cc

o “Front Frame” frame

o 17 litre aluminium tank

o 43mm Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF), fully adjustable

o Sachs monoshock, fully adjustable

o Sachs steering damper

o Braking system with Brembo Stylema® monobloc calipers

o Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa tyres with 200/60 rear

o Biplane configuration wings

o Latest generation electronic package with 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (6D IMU): ABS Cornering

EVO; Ducati Traction Control (DTC) EVO 2; Ducati Slide Control (DSC); Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC) EVO; Ducati Power Launch (DPL); Ducati Quick Shift up / down (DQS) EVO 2; Engine Brake Control (EBC) EVO

o Buttons for quick change of levels

o 5″ full-TFT dashboard

o Recalibrated Riding Modes (Race, Sport, Road, Wet)

o Full-LED headlamp with DRL

o Single-seater configuration with two-seater accessories supplied

o Ready for Ducati Data Analyzer + GPS (DDA + GPS) and Ducati Multimedia System (DMS)

2023 Streetfighter V4 S Spec

As the Streetfighter V4 with the exception of:

o Ducati Electronic Suspension (DES) EVO

o Öhlins NIX-30 fork with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system

o Öhlins TTX 36 shock absorber with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system o Öhlins steering damper with Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 control system

o Marchesini forged aluminium rims


Ducati’s also uprated the SP track variant of the Streetfighter, releasing the new Streetfighter SP2. It comes in a lush ‘Winter Test’ black livery, and has a tasty set of chassis upgrades: carbon fibre split-spoke wheels and Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

There’s a race-type aluminium fuel tank with an exposed brushed alloy finish, and lashings of carbon fibre: the aerodynamic wings, front mudguard and clutch cover are all made of the lightweight material. You also get an STM-EVO SBK dry racing clutch, adjustable rearsets and a single-seat unit. The posh upgrade is rounded off with a bespoke V4 SP2 seat and numbered plaque on the top yoke.

2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2
2023 Ducati Streetfighter V4 SP2

No prices as yet – more as we get it! Further details:

Streetfighter V4 SP2 Spec highlights

Spec as the Streetfighter V4 S, plus:

o Winter Test livery in matt black with bright red details and exposed brushed aluminium fuel tank

o Handlebar embossed with the limited edition number of the motorcycle

o Visible brushed aluminium tank

o Dedicated saddle with “V4 SP2” logo

o Carbon fibre wings

o Carbon fibre front mudguard

o STM-EVO SBK dry clutch

o Carbon fibre wheels with 5-split spokes

o Brembo Stylema R front brake calipers

o Adjustable rider foot-pegs in billet aluminium with carbon heel guards

o Single seat configuration

o Open carbon clutch cover * (supplied)

o License plate holder removal cover * (supplied)

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