Honda CBR 1000RR-R Fireblade SP vs Ducati Panigale V4, Which is Better?

These two naked motorbikes from different manufacturers have launched some time ago, but there’s nothing wrong with trying to compare the two

Jakarta, – The Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP is like a two-wheeled Godzilla from Japan and the other is a proud Italian stallion called the Ducati Panigale V4. Let’s see what makes these two bikes so special. While there is a 100 cc difference between the Fireblade’s inline four-cylinder engine and the Desmo’s V4 engine, the two have almost similar capabilities on paper.

The Fireblade puts out a bit more power, but the Panigale has more torque and is lighter in weight. For the Fireblade, Japanese website Young Machine shared footage from the camera mounted on its dashboard.

We can see that the rider can touch the speed figure of 299 km / h or 186 mph. Even though the speedometer is already red, we can see the needle is still crawling up and the engine roar is getting louder. The same thing we can see on the Ducati. To understand how the motorcycle performed when it first launched, a video from Blinz Racin TV shows that the rider can hit 298 km/h before the speedometer turns off. Similar to the Fireblade, the Panigale V4 can still be launched at a higher speed.


Although output and power are the two things that are most viewed from a sportbike, given the fact that these two bikes are as expensive as a car, For the Fireblade, Honda borrowed the chassis and engine from their proud MotoGP bike, the RC213V.

The engine is streamlined to make it lighter and easier to attach to the frame and features titanium piston handlebars, aluminum forging pistons and finger follower rocker arms. Bore and stroke are the same as the RC’s at 81 mm x 48.5 mm and a compression ratio of 13.0:1. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and quick shift technology.

As for the chassis, Honda uses an aluminum twin-spar frame whose vertical, horizontal and torsional rigidity has been increased and is paired with a swingarm that is longer than the standard CBR’s. The aerodynamic winglets are mounted directly to the bike’s fairing to generate downforce that compensates for the motor’s speed. As for the wheels, Honda chose to use 17-inch tires at the front and rear.

Meanwhile, Ducati opted for an aluminum alloy chassis equipped with a single-sided aluminum swingarm paired to 17-inch wheels. The winglet attached to the Panigale is placed above the fairing which makes it look like a jawbone.

Quoted from the webike, the Italian manufacturer introduced the Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine, a machine inspired by MotoGP technology but with a greater power of 103 cc. The pistons are designed in such a way as to produce a distinctive Desmosedici roar. Two sets of cylinders on the right and left of the engine work almost simultaneously to create the impression of twin booms. Similar to the Fireblade, the Panigale has a six-speed transmission with a quick shifter.


The biggest difference between Fireblade and Panigale is their caste within the company. The CBR1000RR-R sits at the top of Honda’s sportbike, while the V4 is the base model before the V4 S and V4 R. For the price of a Fireblade, it is available in two color options, Red and Black Pearl which are offered at a price of Rp. 1.08 billion OTR Jakarta. While the Ducati Panigale V4 is only available in one color, namely Red and is sold at a price of IDR 799 million OTR Jakarta.

Source : Autos.ID

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