Ducati might be thinking about replacing the superquadro engine with a V4 with a traditional perimeter frame for 2018. Gigi Dall'lgna led the Aprillia World Superbike team to two world titles. He also played a pivotal role in turning Aleix Espargaro's ART MotoGP bike into the top CRT contender: After joining Ducati as the MotoGP boss, he also turned the fortunes for the Ducati GP14 bike.
Obviously he is an important man to be taken seriously in the motorcycle business. On several online media platforms people are suggesting that Gigi Dall'lgna along with the Corse team will be working in conjunction with Ducati's vanguard to design and develop a whole new engine. The new engine is said to be a V4 design. Unlike the current Ducati Panigale, which uses the Superquadro engine as a part of the chassis, the new motorcycle will most likely use a traditional perimeter frame.
In addition to this, Ducati's efforts in the World Superbike series will also accrue benefits of Gigi Dall'lgna's efforts. This effectively means an all-new motorcycle with a new powertrain and a new chassis is on the cards from Bologna. For now, Ducati HQ in Bologna denies that it's currently thinking of changing to a V4 engine.