It was tense when the judges set down to evaluate the sportsbikes they had just ridden at the Buddh International Circuit. The two-wheeled jury piloted the Triumph Tiger Sport 660, Suzuki Katana, and the two Ducatis – Streetfighter V2 and Panigale V4 S – to determine which motorcycle deserved to win the category. A disclaimer: the Ducati Multistrada V2 and the 2023 BMW S 1000 RR did not advance to the juror round, meaning they were disqualified from the nominations, making it easier for two motorcycles from Borgo Panigale. Nonetheless, there was an additional element to the story. As fate would have it, Ducati India sent us a limited edition of the insane and psychotic Panigale V4 S, which prevented us from conducting a thorough evaluation.

Therefore, the conflict was between the various models: Tiger Sport 660, Katana, and Streetfighter V2. The Suzuki Katana and the Streetfighter V2 were ridden aggressively and quickly, with the judges making the most of two sharp, hot, and capable sportbikes with unbridled, unrestrained power. In the end, it was the Ducati Streetfighter V2 that impressed the judges with its features, performance, handling, and value for money, as well as its versatility, allowing it to win the Sportsbike of the Year award at the 2023 auto&bike awards.

The Streetfighter V2 is equipped with a 955 cc Superquadro engine that produces 153 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 101.4 Nm of peak torque at 9,000 rpm. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed transmission. The motorcycles are equipped with a variety of electronic user aids such as stomach muscles, traction control, cornering stomach muscles, wheelie control, engine braking control, etc.