Since Technical sets debuted in 1977, motorcycles have been a feature of the range. The level of detail comes and goes, as does the playability. The most recent ‘serious’ motorcycle set was 2017’s BMW R1200 GS Adventure, an off road bike. Since then we have seen a couple of play feature/stunt cycles. We haven’t seen a street or track bike since 2015.
The release of the Ducati is the first track bike released for some years, and represents the new Ducati Panigale V4 R
$59,99/59.99 Euro$USD69,99/59.99€/$AUD 89.99
- Aged 10+
- 646 pieces
- Measures over 12” (32cm) long, 6” (16cm) high and 3” (8cm) wide
- Release Date: June 1 2020
Today, the LEGO Group revealed its latest LEGO®Technic™ model; the Ducati Panigale V4 R, boasting the style, sophistication and performance of the ultimate superbike.
The new model is a spectacular replica of the iconic Italian motorcycle, combining LEGO®Technic™ and Ducati design DNA to recreate the curves and aerodynamic form of the two-wheeled wonder. Just like the visionary motorbike does in real life, the LEGO version transports LEGO builders to new heights as they easily act out the tight turns and fast straights that the bike can easily navigate thanks to its powerful engine.
Those that have ever imagined riding this iconic Italian-engineered motorcycle, will love building this LEGO®Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R set. Builders can discover how the innovative 2-speed gearbox activates the V4-cylinder engine and marvel at the futuristic rear and front suspension before taking the model out for a spin of their own once complete. The model’s unique kickstand means that builders can park the superbike model up and proudly put it on display it once it has been put through its paces.
The LEGO®Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R is the first motorcycle model in LEGO®Technic™ history to include a gearbox that allows builders to navigate through different speeds. Other awesome features include realistic steering, suspension to help with high-octane action and front and rear disc brakes. An exhaust pipe, a windshield and a dashboard are also some of the small details that make this replica model so true to the full-size version. And of course, the classic red colour is sure to accelerate the pulse of any Ducati fan.
“The Ducati Panigale V4 R is such an elegant Italian icon and a true technological masterpiece.” commented 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.”
“We have all been kids passionate about LEGO bricks and I think it is easy to understand that this new licensing agreement between Ducati and the LEGO Group is like a dream come true. We are two brands that share the same values of dedication, passion and attention to detail – values that have come together to give life to a unique building experience” said Alessandro Cicognani, Ducati Licensing Director. “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.”
With the realistic features of the LEGO®Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R, builders of all ages can immerse themselves in the world of engineering, as they discover how gear mechanisms work and the engine functions.
The LEGO®Technic™ Ducati Panigale V4 R model is designed for fans aged 10+ and will be available from LEGO.com from 1stJune priced at [$59,99/59.99 Euro].
This new model is the first to be created after a licensing agreement was recently signed between the LEGO Group and Ducati Motor Holding.
I can see the appeal that this bike will have for many. What do you think? Will this one, like the BMW Adventure from 2017, also be scaled for the Star Wars constraction figures? In which case, who would you put on it? Leave your comments below, and until next time,