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Old 03-13-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Audi to pontentially buy Ducati

I did know if anyone else has seen this, but I guess Ducati is looking for new owners (apparently the current ones are looking to unload it) and Audi have first dibs on buying it until April. So we may soon be seeing Ducati's with quatro drive () and cool LED headlights!!

http://jalopnik.com/5892457/audi-cou...e-maker-ducati

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Old 03-13-2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Not necessarily against this... Audi does some quality engineering.
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It makes sense. Ferdinand Piech who is the chairman of the supervisory board of the Volkswagen group (owner of Audi) has openly admitted that he regrets not buying ducati when he had the chance in the 80's. He is also an avid motorcyclist.

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An Audi sport bike...
Hmmm all wheel drive and phenomenal handling on a sport bike...
Seriously though... Interesting...
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Yeah I honestly think the prospect of this could be quite amazing. Especially with capital from Audi Ag becoming available as well as their engineering prowess could really turn out some awesome machines.
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I think Piech just wants to kick some Bavarian butts. Competition is always good.

Too, I think Ducati could use some diversity. Sticking with tradition is great, but you can only stretch the desmo L-twin so many ways. A lot of Porschefiles chastised Porsche for veering away from the 911 formula. Imagine if Porsche today if they had acted like Ducati and did nothing but air-cooled flat 6 rear engine rear drive.

Time to infuse some new blood into Ducati. Time for them to race on equal footing with everybody else, and quit using the V-twin as a excuse for preferrential treatment.
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Didn't Ducati already try to diversify their line up once with the Indiana?

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... and ST3/ST4, and Multistrada, and Monsters, and Diavel... But they are still all desmo L-twin.

BMW got out of the air-cooled boxer twin only game early. Triumph never got themselves stuck with the verticle twin. Only the American and some Italians seem to think each mfr must have their signature engine config and they must stick to it at all cost.
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Y'all seem to have a jaded idea of the audi "quality" lol. If this happens, owning a duc for me is absolutely out. As I'm an audi tech. Lol
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If audi buys duc I bet you can expect timing belts to strip prematurely and 3000 mile valve adjustments, lol
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If audi buys duc I bet you can expect timing belts to strip prematurely and 3000 mile valve adjustments, lol
Electrical mishaps soon as you leave the dealership.
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Y'all seem to have a jaded idea of the audi "quality" lol. If this happens, owning a duc for me is absolutely out. As I'm an audi tech. Lol
LOL I wasn't sure about Audi but the VW's I've seen, well I sure wouldn't buy one of them
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VW and Audi are the same company. Their only saving grace is their small engine diesel.

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I used to be a huge VW nut back in college. Drove an '89 GTI for close to 10yrs and 175,000 miles. I've done more mods to it than I care to remember and have R&R just about every nut and bolt on it at least 5 times over. Loved every minute of it. What other people call unreliability, I called character.

Having to change the clutch cable 6 time over its lifetime builds character. Knowing there is a clutch cable problem but won't do a thing about it over 10yrs is a VW/Audi character.

Owning VWs taught me most of what I know about cars and car repair. Glad I graduated, but no way in am I going back to school.
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I used to be a huge VW nut back in college. Drove an '89 GTI for close to 10yrs and 175,000 miles. I've done more mods to it than I care to remember and have R&R just about every nut and bolt on it at least 5 times over. Loved every minute of it. What other people call unreliability, I called character.

Having to change the clutch cable 6 time over its lifetime builds character. Knowing there is a clutch cable problem but won't do a thing about it over 10yrs is a VW/Audi character.

Owning VWs taught me most of what I know about cars and car repair. Glad I graduated, but no way in am I going back to school.
My ex-gf owned 2 VW's and they were electrical nightmares! There was always something wrong with them.
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Vw is the controller company of audi, lamborghini, bugatti, seat, skoda, bently also I believe. The veyron was engineered by audi for an audi vehicle. Vw dictated it would be badged a bugatti. Believe that was a sore subject. They all have the same check engine light tho
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Vw is the controller company of audi, lamborghini, bugatti, seat, skoda, bently also I believe. The veyron was engineered by audi for an audi vehicle. Vw dictated it would be badged a bugatti. Believe that was a sore subject. They all have the same check engine light tho
So true. That's why I didn't buy a Lambo when I was car shopping last year.
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So true. That's why I didn't buy a Lambo when I was car shopping last year.
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Seriously though, all the reviews I've seen suggest that the aventador (first lambo designed "under" audi) is the most reliable and driveable lambo yet.



















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