Ducati is among the few big bike manufacturers affected badly by the transition to BS6 emission norms on April 1, 2020. The Italian brand has had no BS6 motorcycles to sell in Nepal since, and while the BS6-compliant Panigale V2 was expected to launch here by June-July, the pandemic further delayed those plans. Ducati Panigale V2 should be another new bike in Nepal from brand.
The company is now finally gearing up for the launch of its first BS6 bikes in Nepal and has just opened bookings for the Panigale V2. The bike is expected to be officially launched in India by the end of August and deliveries will likely begin in September. We are sure they will launch bike in Nepal some time next year. However, these dates rely on there being no further pandemic-related complications.
Similar to almost every other Ducati sold in Nepal, the Panigale V2 will come in as a CBU from the company’s manufacturing plant in Thailand. The exact number of bikes coming in is not certain at the moment, but we believe they will arrive in small lots, as Ducati did with the Panigale V4.
The V2 uses the same 955cc L-twin motor from the Panigale 959, albeit reworked to meet the stricter emissions norms, while also making an additional 5hp for a total of 155hp. The rest of the bike has taken a big jump forward – it now features a more comprehensive electronics package and a stunning design, both based on the original Panigale V4. Ducati has even given the V2 a single-sided swingarm, like its bigger brother’s, and all this is bound to drive up the cost.
In many ways, the V2 feels just like a scaled down V4 and the only aspect that missed some top shelf sharpness were the brakes, although their actual performance was without fault. It packs the exotic looks and equipment, it has the electronics to match, and in many ways, the riding experience feels a lot like the V4’s without the mental power rush. A few similarly priced Japanese litre bikes may seem like better value for money on paper, but this motorcycle fills a sweet spot with an exotic vibe the Japanese machines can’t hope to match – there’s little else like it. Stay tuned with us for more auto news in Nepal.