Designed for adult kids and actual kids, this Ducati LEGO Panigale V4 R Technic may alleviate pangs of yearning and desire. At least until you're able to buy the real thing.
LEGO Ducati Panigale V4 R
Most motorcycle enthusiasts will appreciate the aesthetics and engineering vision of Ducati's most powerful sportbike.
And if inclined towards owning such a bike, at £34,995 the 221HP Panigale V4 R will likely forever remain a dream/fantasy bike.
Apologies, if that statement's shattered your world somewhat or if you happen to own a V4.
For those that don't own the real thing, you can now at least soothe your sorrow with this 646-brick, Panigale V4 R, LEGO Technic reproduction, finished in traditional Ducati red livery.
A Few Firsts
Surprisingly, it's the first such collaboration between LEGO and Ducati. Yet one that the Bologna marque says: “expresses and respects the values of ‘Style, Sophistication and Performance’ that characterize the brand”.
As a toy for big kids (adults) and real kids this model measures, 32 cm (L) x 16 cm (H) x 8 cm (w). And in another first, it's also the only LEGO® Technic™ motorcycle model to include a functioning gearbox.
According to Ducati, the “innovative 2-speed gearbox” is there to simulate the different speeds and riding techniques that a Moto GP V4 R rider might experience.
And while it may not exactly live up to that sort of hyperbole it's undoubtedly a very cool touch. Equally, it introduces an element of real engineering into the construction of the model. That fact will likely inspire kids, both big and small.
A tremendous amount of detail has been packed into this LEGO model. In fact, a quick glance at the model from certain angles might give the impression it's the real McCoy. Solely viewing the front wheel and twin-disc brakes (replicated with excellent accuracy) may further cement that impression.
Also adding to the realism – both front and rear suspension, along with steering have been designed to mimic the movements of the IRL model.
Further intricate detail can be seen with the miniature Akrapovič full-racing exhaust pipe, windscreen and instruments. Once assembly is complete, the model can be hoisted onto a paddock stand (supplied in the box) for display. Just like some might do with the real Panigale, you may be thinking.
Designed for Ducati fans aged 10+, the model will be available to buy in Ducati dealerships and the Ducati online shop. And of course additionally in LEGO stores, both on and offline from 1st June 2020.