2024 Ducati Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversario 916

Anniversary edition Panigale SP2 to mark 30 years since 916′s launch.

The Ducati 916 celebrates 30 years in 2024 and Ducati plans to commemorate that historic model with a special edition of the Panigale V4.Ducati

Ducati’s new-model launches for 2024 are being staggered over the next few weeks but a new approval by the California Air Resources Board has revealed that one of them will be a limited-edition machine to celebrate 30 years since the launch of the Ducati 916.

Given that Ducati made a 25th anniversary model—the Panigale V4 25th Anniversario 916—in 2019, perhaps it should be no surprise that the 30th anniversary is getting a similar treatment. However, the 2024 machine will be more exotic than the 2019 offering, as it’s based on the high-spec SP2 version of the Panigale V4 instead of the S variant that was the platform for the 25th anniversary bike.

Five years ago, Ducati created a special 25th anniversary version of the Panigale and is expected to do so again to mark the 30th anniversary of the 916.Ducati

Apart from the name, the CARB filing doesn’t reveal much about the Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversario 916. Its weight is listed as being the same as the rest of the range—all Panigale V4s, from the base model to the V4 R, are within a couple of pounds of each other—and the engine is the same 1,103cc V-4 used in all versions apart from the 998cc V4 R. That means power is likely to be unchanged at 215 hp.

The Panigale V4 25th Anniversario 916.Ducati

The 25th anniversary model was marked out by additional carbon parts, forged Marchesini wheels, a titanium Akrapovič exhaust, and a selection of billet aluminum bolt-ons including the levers, filler cap, and mirror plugs. It also had a paint scheme that reflected the 916 racers that Carl Fogarty had so much success with in the 1990s, including Shell and “Foggy” logos that could be optionally applied to complete the look. It’s likely that the Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversario 916 will take a similar route, although the standard SP2 already sports high-end parts including an aluminum fuel tank, Öhlins NPX 25/30 fork, Brembo Stylema R brake calipers, and five-spoke carbon fiber wheels, leaving less scope for improvement on the limited-edition Anniversario model.

Ducati has already launched two models from its 2024 range—the Monster 30th Anniversario and the Multistrada V4 S Grand Tour—and there are more reveals planned for October 3, October 19, November 2, and November 7. Those remaining launches are expected to be the DesertX Rally on October 3, since Ducati’s teaser video shows deserts and a bike kicking up dirt for that date, followed by a track-oriented bike on October 19. November 2′s reveal is believed to be a new single-cylinder 660cc Hypermotard model, while the teaser for November 7 shows clips from inside the Ducati Museum, opening with a shot of the 916. From those teases, the Panigale V4 SP2 30th Anniversario 916 could appear on October 19 but is more likely to be coming on November 7.