It seems as if police forces across the world are in the process of one-upping each other when it comes to showing-off their rides. The Emiratis have their Lambos, Ferraris and Bugattis. The Japanese have just got a brand new GT-R and now, the UK police have taken a different – and what could be the ultimate – approach to policing.
BikeSafe, a police-led motorcycle project, now has access to one of the world’s fastest (and probably coolest) road-legal motorcycles – the Ducati Panigale V4.
To give you an idea of what this Ducati is capable of, here are some mechanical details. The Panigale V4 is the first series production Ducati motorcycle to be equipped with a four-cylinder engine. Derived from the MotoGP Desmosedici race bike, the 1,103cc, 90-degree V4 produces 214hp at 13,000rpm and 124Nm of peak torque at 10,000rpm. The bike also has a new design and frame that helps keep the kerb weight down to 198kg, which gives it a mind-boggling power-to-weight ratio of 1,080hp/tonne. That figure is far higher than even the Emirati police Veyron.
That being said, this police bike will not be used for any high-speed chases for marketing purposes, instead. BikeSafe’s police Panigale will be used to “promote riding being fun" while improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness.
2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S video review
2018 Ducati Panigale V4 S review, test ride
2018 Ducati Panigale V4 launched at Rs 20.53 lakh