Word on the street is that Audi is talks with Ducati for its lightweight engine know-how and its racetrack achievements and the distinctive sound and styling of its bikes. Sources familiar with the plans say that Audi is in talks with a private equity group that controls Ducati.
If the deal goes through, Audi would have got a big boost in its long-standing rivalry with BMW bikes.
Audi, which is investing heavily into the research and development of lightweight engines in a move to improve fuel-efficiency of its models, the purchase of Ducati’s technology could add a new development field.
A decision on Audi’s acquisition of Ducati could come by mid-April.
Ducati is currently in a brand partnership with Mercedes-Benz AMG.
Source – AutoNews