Ducati recently announced the next generation of superbike, the 1,103-cc four-cylinder-powered screamer known as the Panigale V4. The 2018 bike usurps the iconic Panigale 1299 for the throne of Ducati’s top superbike, and the limited-edition Speciale comes from the blueprint of a MotoGP bike, featuring a suit of electronic control measures, titanium racing exhaust, an exclusive paint scheme, and 226 horsepower—making it most powerful prooduction superbike in the world.
The price tag would be a negotiation with your dealer, but the base Panigale V4 is expected to run around $25,000. One of only 1,500 planned Panigale V4 Speciales will bleed you for more like $50,000. After a low-key unveiling in Italy, the bike is making its grand public debut at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, and reviewers are wondering if it could be the best superbike of 2018.
Unfortunately, it looks like someone managed to knock over one of Ducati’s new elite machines at EICMA. A photo posted to Twitter shows the bike laying on its side, a rather distraught looking woman and frustrated man standing next to it, and more than a few gaping mouths in the crowd. The tweet jokes that someone “started the world’s first Panigale V4 Speciale deal!”
It’s hard to say exactly what happened, but you can see the stand on its side underneath the bike. A few small scratches to remove, and we’re sure this superbike will still hit that top speed of around 200 mph.