Back in August we reported about Mercedes-AMG’s intentions of acquiring the Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. Of course, everything was denied by Daimler but today another report emerged on the Web, this time from the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The German newspaper said that Mercedes-AMG will acquire a 25 percent stake in MV Agusta for around 30 million euros.
The deal could be announced this week. Many of you folks may wonder why Mercedes-AMG is interested in such a deal, right? Well, a stake in MV Agusta will give Daimler access to high-performance three-cylinder engines developed by the Italian company for its superbikes.
As you may know already, Daimler had a partnership with Ducati until 2012 when Audi became the owner of the motorcycle manufacturer. After two years, we also saw the first Ducati engine on a vehicle produced by the Volkswagen Group for this year’s 2014 Paris Motor Show.
The German car manufacturer unveiled the VW XL Sport Concept, a vehicle that was powered by a 1,199 cc DOHC V2 engine adapted from the Ducati 1199 Supeleggera. The engine developed 200 hp (137 kW) and 134 Nm of torque, and via a 7-speed dual clutch transmission it was able to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while top speed was 270 km/h or 168 mph.
We don’t know anything about Daimler’s plan, but we believe that the German company wants to follow the same path as its rivals and introduce the technology used on superbikes also on their vehicles.