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DUCATI OUTSIDE COMFORT ZONE?

Despite having forcefully rejected such a move in the past, Ducati is apparently set to follow BMW Motorrad into the scooter market. This revelation emerged during a interview of Ducati Western Europe managing director Edouard Lotthé by leading French motorcycling news website Moto-Station.

Discussing future options, Lotthé told Moto-Station that an urban commuter presence through scooters was now appropriate for the Ducati brand. But he said stepping down into the A2-licence 300 Supersport sector wasn’t.

Lotthé also admitted electric Ducati motorcycles were inevitable, given that his company’s German parent Volkswagen Group had committed to electrification across all of its automotive subsidiaries. The recently unveiled €30bn VW Roadmap E strategic plan, which applies equally to exotic outposts such as Ducati, Lamborghini and Bugatti, aims to offer zero-emissions alternatives to every model the group produces by 2030.

However, neither scooters nor e-bikes are imminent in anything other than prototype form until after 2021 at the earliest. This is because Ducati will need to concentrate on achieving range-wide Euro 5 compliance ready for its imposition on the 2021 model year. Lotthé added that such compliance would include the challenge of getting an air-cooled engine to jump through Euro 5 hoops for Scrambler sub-brand continuity — potentially a monumental task.   

The accompanying photograph is an impression of what the scooter might look like.
 

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