by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com
We’re used to having LEGO recreate the exciting cars of past and present in plastic bricks, and at times we even enjoy some motorcycle-related releases. But until now we’ve never had a LEGO-sanctioned Ducati motorcycle.
And we’re not talking about any Ducati, but the most powerful one of all time, the Panigale V4 R. With 221 hp coming from the 998 cc Desmosedici Stradale R engine, this bike needed special attention from the world’s favorite plastic bricks maker.
Enter the LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R, the toy replica of the real one. And not just any replica, but one with some working parts.
This new toy, dedicated to wannabe engineers aged 10+, is the first LEGO Technic ever made to include a gearbox. And it works, too, as you can actually witness how it “activates the V4 engine” and simulates different speeds.
Other working parts are the front and rear suspension that go up and down to “simulate a GP ride and feel like an official Ducati rider,” and the steering.
The toy set comprises 646 bricks, most of them in the Ducati red livery, which once assembled make a bike measuring 32 cm in length, 16 cm in height and 8 cm in width. The replica features faithful recreations of the exhaust pipe, windscreen and dashboard.
“Being one of the first to have built with bricks the model of an icon such as the Ducati Panigale V4 R was exciting,” said in a statement Paolo Lazzarin, General Manager of LEGO Italia.
“The set perfectly captures the spirit and design of the original thereby transforming the concept of performance: pure adrenalin racing and full control. This model is the brainchild of the partnership with Ducati Design Center and I am convinced that LEGO fans of all ages will appreciate the attention-to-detail in this amazing motorcycle replica created by LEGO Technic.”
The LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R goes on sale on June 1 and is priced at €59.99.