Most of you guys have most likely read this very well written thread from Advikaz: https://www.ducatiforum.co.uk/threads/an-honest-review-from-a-sceptic.57963/ First of all it might be important to know that I have never owned a Ducati before, nor lasted my testrides on any Duc (916/998/1098) longer than 10 minutes. Mostly because of the uncomfortable feel with seat pillow, riding position and harsh suspension. I know all was OEM and could be fiddled in with different spring rates and / or accessories, but I never had a good opinion on the Ducs. Almost all the time I thought, what is the character attitude good for, when the damn thing does not start below 10°C, kiicks you off the seat most of the time on backroads, make your wrist hurt and, and, and... So actually I was the opposite of a Ducati fanboy (and maybe a pussy regarding comfort, but hell...). My current bike is a well prepped HP4 competition with Z04 pads, and I did testrides (and swapped bikes with friends who own these bikes) on the current beamer and also on the current R1 (non-M), so I know these engines and chassis quite well in order to put the V4 into perspective. My personal subjective opinion of course (and lacking experience with older Panigale versions), but still.... To make a long story short: the V4 engine is simply in another league compared to the previous mentioned bikes. I felt the same difference, when I swapped from my old R1 RN12 to the HP4 which was better in simply every area. My HP4 is not exactly weak, but the V4 (200km on the odo) felt (and was) so strong from 4k on, that I actually still can't believe the performance plus I really like the engine's way to rev / sound. I was immediately reminded of the crossplane engine of the current R1, which I always adored. Difference between R1 and V4: the R1 starts to make fun at 9k and the V4 at 4k. Seriously the difference is that big. The Z04 pads on my HP4 really put the OEM brake to another level, but the OEM brake on the V4 is even better. More controllable (maybe better electronics, too?) and at the same time more powerful. Simply perfect for road and track. Just like Advikaz I think the clutch bites too late on the lever, but after a short while I was used to it and did not think about anymore. I was more irritated on the late throttle response though, with too much space between closed throttle and the first engine response. Quickshifter and blipper worked very good when you concentrate on when and how to press the lever. 5k and more rpm work flawlessly. One has to get used to the IMHO a bit too long travel of the gear lever though. The front suspension worked brilliant on back roads and smooth tarmac, but the 95Nm spring on the shock is still too harsh IMHO. Even in street mode and customized softened settings, but as there are so many options it will be fun to work with it. Seat is very comfortable and OEM wind protection is surprisingly better as on my HP4 with longer screen. 180kph sitting upright no problem at all (I'm 180cm tall). But when I wanted to tuck in behind the shield moving my ares backwards the damn plastic support from the mono-seat (comes OEM together with a passenger seat) is a bit too close. Meaning I can't imagine the rider being taller than 182cm and feel comfortable riding the V4. On a minor note: not a big fan of the small 16l fuel capacity and that currently the only available tire choice is the Supercorsa SP in 200/60. But apart from that, I honestly had no idea what this V4s is capable of. Although I will never reach its potential nor will I do trackdays with it; I was already going much faster on my home track. The keyword should be effortlessly faster, where you in summary have the reason why I will pick it up next weekend.