Ducati Superquadro Engine

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Ducati Superquadro Engine

10/10/2011 @ 2:58 am, by Jensen Beeler 22 COMMENTS

Ducati has a new flagship Superbike coming out soon, if you hadn’t heard the news. Powering the Ducati 1199 Panigale is a new 90° v-twin motor dubbed the Superquadro (Ducati mini-site here ), which the Italian company officially unveiled today. Confirming the specs we released back in November of last year. the power plant boasts 195hp and 98 lbs•ft of torque, making the Ducati Superquadro motor a new direction for Bologna, in more ways than one.

For starters, the Superquadro is the first production motor in the company’s history that’s is fully-integrated into a bike’s chassis, thus putting final confirmation that the 1199 Panigale will use the MotoGP inspired “frameless” chassis design (not that we were really doubting this).

Deriving its name from the massively over-sqaure cylinder design, the Superquadro is the most powerful motor to come in a production motorcycle from the Bologna brand. Other highlights include the use of hybrid chain/gear-driven camshaft. titanium valves, a wet slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle actuation, 15,000 mile major service intervals, and a rider-selectable “riding mode” system. Boasting that the company built the Superquadro motor with a clean sheet of paper, the company has proven once again that there are no sacred cows in Bologna.

With the Superquadro motor being a fully-stressed member of the chassis, Ducati has spent a significant amount of time designing how the Superquadro motor would fit in the company’s monocoque frame design. Tilting the motor back 6°, the front cylinder sits 21° from the horizontal plane, which allows the motor to be moved 32mm farther forward when compared to previous design. Ducati says this allows for better front/rear weight distribution, and improved front-end feel.

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An issue we’ve heard a great deal about from the Italian brand, and with the woes seen from Ducati Corse in MotoGP, we’re pretty sure the entire motorcycling world is eager to see if this chassis concept will work for Ducati on its new street-going Superbike. In the meantime, we’ll have to suffice with the bevy of technical specifications the Italian company has provided us on the new Superquadro motor.

With a bore and stroke of 112mm x 60.8mm, the Superquadro makes an impressive 195hp @ 10,750rpm 98.1 lbs•ft (13.5kgm) @ 9,000rpm. Aided by the increased bore size, larger valves have been employed to help create that monster amount of power from the v-twin motor, and as such the intake valves have been increased from 43.5 to 46.8mm, while the exhaust valves go from 34.5 to 38.2mm. Built from titanium, the valves are unsurprisingly actuated with Ducati’s signature Desmodromic valve system.

Helping the Superquadro motor breathe is a larger oval throttle body, which gets bumped from the Testastretta’s 63.9mm, to a 67.5mm equivalent diameter. Controlling the dual fuel injectors is a ride-by-wire throttle system, while the camshaft is driven by a hybrid gear/chain system. Because of refinements to the Superquadro’s cam system, the Ducati 1199 Panigale can be more easily started than its predecessors, allowing for a smaller starter motor and battery, which resulted in a 7.3 lbs weight reduction on the motor.

Perhaps the most contentious modification for the Ducati Superquadro motor is the introduction of a wet slipper-style clutch, similar to what is found on the Multistrada 1200 and Diavel. Doing away with the infamous Ducati dry-clutch rattle, we’re sure this change of the status quo will gain the ire of many Ducati-loyal motorcyclists, though we hear from our sources in Bologna that the company is taking a pragmatic approach to its transmission, admitting that the wet-clutch operates better in virtually every condition and use.

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