The Panigale V4 is getting a sibling. Ducati confirmed that a Streetfighter version of its heralded superbike is in the works. The 2020 Ducati Streetfighter reportedly will make its world debut at EICMA in November and is projected to hit dealerships in March of 2020.

Before that though, a Ducati Streetfighter V4 prototype will be raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Pikes Peak veteran Carlin Dunne will pilot the Streetfighter V4 prototype. Dunne has won the prestigious race four times, including the epic run he made in 2012 on a Ducati Multistrada 1200 S when he became the first rider to go under 10 minutes up the mountain on a motorcycle. The 97th annual “Race to the Clouds” takes place June 30, 2019.

A prototype of the Ducati Streetfighter V4 will soon be charging up the mountain at the 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. 

Ducati said that “As part of the development process of the new model, the "Race to the Clouds" has been identified as an ideal proving ground for testing the high performance of the Streetfighter V4.”

That high performance Ducati speaks of centers around its 90° V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine said to easily generate more than 200 hp. The Panigale V4 has a sophisticated package of electronics to help keep the beast in check, from Ducati traction, wheelie, and slide control to Bosch Cornering ABS EVO, and this package will undoubtedly be carried over to the Streetfighter V4. What isn’t carried over is the bodywork, putting the artistry of its gem of an engine and the twisted symmetry of its Akropovic exhausts on display. The front fairing has been replaced with an angular shroud sporting twin air funnels. Dual winglets on both sides of the narrow frame are also a new addition. The handlebars have been raised a tad and are wider than those on Ducati’s purebred superbike. Much of the rest of the Streetfighter V4 appears to have been carried over from the Panigale V4, from the fork and Brembo braking package to the tank, tail, and single-sided swingarm. Its “pixelated” livery is all-new though, the bold design coming from the creatives at Centro Stile Ducati.

“The Streetfighter V4 will be one of the stars of the Ducati World Premiere 2020," declared Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati, in a company press release. "Streetfighter V4 is the Panigale for road riding; so there was no better stage than the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb for what will be the highest performance Streetfighter ever put into production.”