Ducati has confirmed that its rumored Streetfighter V4, a naked version of its V4 superbike platform, will be available for sale next year and a prototype will be raced in two weeks in The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by four-time winner Carlin Dunne.
Pikes Peak is a perfect place to show off the prototype, since the race banned motorcycles with clip-ons in a rather uninformed approach to concerns about safety. Ducati hasn't provided many details about the Streetfighter, but it will essentially be an 1,100 cc Panigale V4 without the fairing and with a traditional handlebar. If you were going to specify a motorcycle for the current Pikes Peak rules, you'd take a Superbike-platform street bike, strip it of fairings and add a handlebar, and that's just what the Streetfighter is.
Interestingly, despite the lack of fairings, the prototyple still has aerodynamic wings to add downforce.
Ducati says the production version of the Streetfighter V4 will be unveiled at the EICMA show this fall and will be available at dealers next spring.
Dunne has won Pikes Peak on Ducatis — including a Multistrada last year, as shown in the video above — and on a Lightning electric motorcycle. In 2012, he was the first rider to finish the course on a motorcycle in under 10 minutes. Another interesting story at Pikes Peak this year will be the presence of Isle of Man TT legend Michael Dunlop. Plus, watch Common Tread next week because we have another story coming about an unusual entry in the PPIH.