The Panigale is going to be replaced in 2017 by a four-cylinder model.
Ducati seems to be making huge changes to its superbike machines according to More Bikes. The news comes from the World Superbike paddock where rumour has it that the Italian brand has put in place a development plan to build a four-cylinder superbike by 2017. Poor results in the World Superbike Championship seem to have led to this decision. Ducati won the series last time back in 2011 with Carlos Checa. Now, Kawasaki is very close to win the World Superbike Championship again.
In 2016 the WSB rules remainin largely the same and they don’t favor V-twins as they once did. As a result, it seems that is time for Ducati to drop the iconic desmodromic V-twin in favor of a four-cylinder engine.
Ducati’s new engine is set to compete in WSBK and in sales figures. At this point there is no information regarding the spec and we can’t say if the Borgo Panigale factory has prepared an in-line four or a V4. Insiders tell that the new Italian machine will follow the same development plan and marketing strategy as BMW’s S1000RR.
Furthermore, Honda is getting ready for a WSBK comeback in 2017 with perhaps a new Fireblade. Although, the Japan giant re-trademarked the iconic RVF name, so we can expect to see a new Fireblade motorcycle wearing the RVF badge. Kawasaki seems to be building a new more powerful ZX-10R. Suzuki is likely this year to revive the GSX-R1000. Yamaha is coming back to WSBK in 2016 with its R1M. So, we expect in 2017 the World Superbike Championship at its best.