New Brembo Stylema brake calipers

New Stylema caliper - note air flow channel in bridge section
New Stylema caliper - note air flow channel in bridge section Picture: Brembo

Italian brake firm Brembo is pretty much unassailable at the top of the sportsbike brake tree. Its M50 monobloc calipers are essential for any self-respecting superbike, and even its lesser designs instantly lift any bike in terms of chassis cred.

But now there’s a new fancy-dan set of Brembos in town, replacing the M50s. The new Stylema calipers might have a dodgy name, but they’re packed with clever engineeering. Brembo’s priorities were reducing mass, improving airflow, and also reducing the amount of fluid inside the caliper. That’s smart actually – you want the absolute bare minimum of fluid in a hydraulic system – just enough to transfer the force from the master cylinder to the caliper. Any more is largely superflous, although a bigger fluid reservoir might arguably provide a greater heat sink to reduce fluid temperatures.

That’s best dealt with in other ways though – like improving cooling air flow round the pads and caliper. The Stylemas do this, with extra channeling through the bridge section, and computer-aided air flow analysis through the disc and pad area.

The calipers also shrink in mass by 7 per cent, and the design has reduced the length of the mounting bolts needed too – meaning more weight savings there.

How can you get your hands on these fabby new stoppers? Well, sadly, there’s only one way in 2018, and that’s to buy a Ducati Panigale V4. Yep, the Bologna outfit has got exclusive rights to the Stylemas for this year (at least). So, short of buying a V4 and breaking it (or schlepping along to the Ducati dealership and dropping thousands on some OE replacement calipers and discs), you’ll have to bide your time…

More info here.

Panigale V4 S brakes
Panigale V4 S brakes Picture: Ducati
Stylema at home, in all its glory...
Stylema at home, in all its glory... Picture: Ducati
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