On 26 August Ducati will launch its first BS6 motorcycle, the Panigale V2, in India. Like almost every other Ducati sold in India, from Thailand’s manufacturing facility, the Panigale V2 will come in as a CBU. For the moment, the exact number of bikes coming in is not known, but we assume that they will arrive in small lots, as Ducati India has done with the Panigale V4.
At their international presentation in Jerez earlier this year we had the chance to fly the Panigale V2. The V2 uses the same Panigale 959 955cc L-twin engine, albeit reworked to meet the more stringent emission standards, while also making a further 5hp for a total of 155hp. The rest of the bike has made a big leap forward – now it features a more comprehensive package of electronics and a stunning design, both based on the original Panigale V4. Ducati even provided a single-sided swingarm for the V2.
The Panigale 959 was priced at Rs 15.3 lakh ( ex-showroom), and we assume Rs 16-16.5 lakh will reward the Panigale V2. Deliveries are likely to commence in September.