A few days ago, LEGO revealed its latest LEGO Technic model; the #42107 LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R, boasting the style, sophistication and performance of the ultimate superbike. This new model is the first to be created after a licensing agreement was recently signed between the LEGO Group and Ducati Motor Holding. Below is the press-release with pictures, details, price, and availability.
The #42107 LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R 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 color 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 and the engine functions work. (Recommended age for building this set is 10+.) The measurements are over 12” (32cm) long, 6” (16cm) high and 3” (8cm) wide, and the piece-count is 646 pieces. The press-release also includes the following information about the Ducati brand that you might find interesting:
Founded in 1926, since 1946 Ducati has been manufacturing sport-inspired motorcycles characterized by high-performance Desmodromic engines, innovative design, and cutting-edge technology. With its factory located in Bologna’s Borgo Panigale district, in 2016 Ducati celebrated 90 years since its foundation. The model range covers several market segments with the following families: Diavel, XDiavel, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, SuperSport, Panigale and Streetfighter. In 2015, Ducati presented the Ducati Scrambler: a new brand made of bikes, accessories and apparel that that stands out for its creativity and self-expression.
In 2017, Ducati presented the Panigale V4, the first Ducati production bike to mount a 4-cylinder engine derived directly from the Desmosedici GP engine. Ducati iconic motorcycles, together with an extensive range of bike accessories and technical and lifestyle apparel, are distributed in 90 countries worldwide. In 2019 Ducati delivered 53,183 bikes to customers, consolidating its sales over the 50,000-bike threshold for the fifth year running. Ducati competes in both MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. It has been competing in MotoGP since 2003, winning both the Manufacturers’ and Riders’ titles in 2007, while in Superbike Ducati has won 17 Manufacturers’ titles and 14 Riders’ titles.
While LEGO released several generic non-licensed LEGO Technic motorcycles in the past, the #42107 LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R is only the second licensed LEGO Technic bike. The first one is the #42063 LEGO Technic BMW R 1200 GS Adventure released in 2017. If you’re into bikes, another great set worth noting is the #10269 LEGO Creator Harley-Davidson Fat Boy released last year, and based on the standard LEGO building system instead of LEGO Technic (although it does include LEGO Technic parts). This set is still available at the LEGO Creator section of the Online LEGO Shop.
Please note that there are some discrepancies between the official press-release and the information posted about the set at the Online LEGO Shop. The press-release states that the #42107 LEGO Technic Ducati Panigale V4 R will be available on June 1st, and the price is going to be 59.99 USD / 59.99 Euro. However, the Online LEGO Shop lists the release as August 1st, and the price as 69.99 USD / 59.99 Euro. My guess is that the Online LEGO Shop has the latest accurate info, so for any updated and changes on pricing and availability, I would suggest checking the LEGO Technic section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Technic Ducati? Is this a set you would like to get? Do you own any other LEGO Technic motorcycles? Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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