If yesterday it was just a rumor, today Mercedes-AMG officially announced that it will acquire a 25 percent stake in MV Agusta. No details regarding the price to be paid for the stake in MV Agusta was disclosed, while the partnership is still subject to the approval of the relevant authorities.
The new partnership gives the German carmaker access to lightweight three-cylinder engines and follows a similar move made by the Volkswagen Group, which acquired Italian motorcycle maker Ducati for 860 million euros in 2012. As you may know already, Volkswagen unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show the XL Sport Concept, powered by a 1,199 cc DOHC engine that produces 200 hp (147 kW) and 134 Nm of torque.
Same engine is used by the Ducati 1199 Superleggera a.k.a. the most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle. Bolted to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG), the XL Sport is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is 270 km/h or 168 mph.
Tobias Moers, Chief Executive of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “In MV Agusta, we have found the perfect two-wheel partner for Mercedes-AMG. This manufacturer with a long tradition and Mercedes-AMG are connected not only by a long and successful racing history, but also by shared values and goals for the future – allowing the experience of utmost perfection, optimal performance and motorsport technology for the road. The cooperation with MV Agusta also underscores the importance of AMG as the sports-car and high-performance brand of Mercedes-Benz Cars. The partnership provides us with an entry into a world of additional high-performance enthusiasts.” [source: Mercedes-Benz]