Friday, April 17th, 2020 at 9:01pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
I feel like the LEGO set announcements have been coming fast and furious lately, which is only a little bit of a joke about the Technic Dodge Charger that's coming later this month. Speaking of LEGO Technic! Today The LEGO Group and Ducati Motor Holding have announced the first product of their recently-signed licensing agreement: the 42107 Ducati Panigale V4 R motorcycle. The 646 piece set will be available on June 1st for $60 in the US, capturing the fast lines and bold colors of the Italian superbike. For the announcement video, hi-res images, and the full press release, read on!
LIVE THE TRACK WITH THE LONG-AWAITED LEGO TECHNIC DUCATI PANIGALE V4 R
Billund, Denmark 17th April 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 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 Aurelien 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 1st June 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.
While I'm a bit confused by the 'long-awaited' in the press release title, this definitely looks like a cool set. I love that they were able to cram so many mechanical details like the working gearbox in a fairly small model and keep it looking so sleek all the while. I'm not sure if this will be one I pick up, but it certainly looks like a fun build. We'd love to hear what you think in the Talkback!
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