The LEGO Group inked a new licensing deal with Ducati Motor Holding to produce building sets based on the iconic Italian superbikes.
The first set is the LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R. The 646-piece set is the first motorcycle model in LEGO Technic history to include a gearbox that builders can use to navigate different speeds. The bike also features realistic steering, suspension, front and rear disc brakes, an exhaust pipe, a windshield, and a dashboard.
“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece,” says Aurélien Rouffiange, senior designer at LEGO Technic. “It was essential that I included as many authentic details from the real motorbike as I could when designing the new LEGO Technic version, ensuring I captured all the bike’s curves and the unique features. Just as Ducati continually pushes boundaries in its design, we demonstrated what the LEGO Technic range is capable of by engineering a fully functioning motorcycle gearbox for the first time and connecting it to the spinning V4 cylinder engine using existing pieces.”
Geared toward kids ages 10 and up, the Ducati set will hit retail on June 1.
“Our hope is that the Ducati Panigale V4 R LEGO Technic can bring together, excite and entertain not only children and parents, but also all the fans who ride their motorcycles every day,” comments Ducati Licensing Director Alessandro Cicognani.