According to at least one unnamed source, Audi's purchase of Ducati is as good as done. Reuters reports that Audi has taken a good hard look at Ducati's books and found "no major stumbling blocks."

Another source says Ducati's largest shareholder, Investindustrial, has agreed to discuss the cyclemaker's sale to no one but Audi.

Volkswagen's annual shareholder meeting is April 19 and an announcement concerning Audi's purchase of Ducati could come before then. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera has reported that Audi's bargaining exclusivity rights will expire April 15, at which point Investindustrial will then be free to shop around for a Ducati buyer.


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      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      it never fails to amaze me how many imbeciles comment on Autoblog. If you have any idea about automotive/motorcycle history, you will realise that the modern day Audi can be rooted back to evolving out of the NSU-Audi brand....NSU was one of THE classic motorcycle companies, first introducing their motorycle at the beginning of the 1900s......BMW did not produce motorycles til after WW1. If you think that Audi is 'copying' BMW, you're clueless. Audi is simply rekindling some of their corporate links to the motorcycle. NSU is not about to be resurrected any time soon, so the next best thing to do is purchase THE premier motorcycle company around right now. Read up on history, you'll be glad you did.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking forward to a Lamborghini V10 being shoved in a Ducati.
      Jan Calloway
      • 2 Years Ago
      WIN WIN FOR ALL!!!!
      Linus De Paoli
      • 2 Years Ago
      When they buy Ducati Audi and the VW groups will own most of the motor industry at Emillia Romagna with Ducati/Bologna and Lamborguini/Sta Agata Bolognese
      Julie Lux-Bellmyer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe one of the VW brands, like Porsche, will use the Desmodromic valves that Bologna has perfected. Imagine a super high revving flat 6.....if you don't know much about Ducati, google their newest bike, the Panigale. How about a 1 liter twin that puts out 200 naturally aspirated horsepower. And weighs around 400 pounds fully fueled. It'll take a Veyron in the quarter mile, albeit barely.
        IOMTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Julie Lux-Bellmyer
        Desmodromic valvetrains are great for radical cam profiles, large valves and hi revs you would never consider for a road car. Take those three factors and you would never be able to control valve float with a normal valve spring setup. That Panigale is flat out awesome. I think the only bike to out drag it is the ZX 14...but the Kawi could not hope to deal with twisties like the Duc.
      willyk52
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the 1950s, NSU, one of the companies that were merged to make the current Audi, was the worlds largest maker of motorcycles/motorbikes.
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi wants so desperately to be BMW.... smh I'd better purchase my Panigale sooner rather than later.
      RobbieAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there a bit of BMW envy maybe?
      Redline
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another Italian company falls to ze Germans...
      stclair5211
      • 2 Years Ago
      The size of this company is ridiculous. The VW group rivals countries. They used to break them up and now they are "too big to fail" and steal trillions from the people through their government.
      Jon Smith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Companies are getting to be pretty large... That bike is absolutely bonkers looking though. i wonder how it sounds
      Erik
      • 2 Years Ago
      If it means the MotoGP team can be saved, a better bike developed, and a suitable replacement for the broken, gutless Valentino Rossi can be found and brought under contract, I am all for it.
        Redline
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Erik
        Valentino was doing fine when he was riding for Yamaha.
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