It would 'coordinate' efforts at Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.
It's hard to understate how controversial the move to a V4 is for Ducati — or how sweet the powerplant is.
The company has recovered from the diesel scandal well enough that selling the Italian motorcycle brand can be taken off the table.
Take your pick from new Scrambler and Panigale models among others.
Why so far in the future?
"We don't need money and our subsidiaries are not up for grabs by bargain hunters."
Expect more Maverick customs from Ducati in the coming months and years.
Take it to the track on Saturday, tour with it on Sunday, and ride it to work on Monday.
That is one fast tricolori.
And Ducati has more in store next month.
To celebrate its 90th anniversary, Ducati has come out with a special-edition 1299 Panigale S Anniversario that was revealed by Casey Stoner at Misano.
This could be in addition to selling off some subsidiaries.
In addition to the purging of non-core brands, VW may also roll its component manufacturers into a single unit.
Jay Leno takes a ride on the 2016 Ducati XDiavel S and finds that the cycle straddles the line between a comfy cruiser and a nimble sportbike.
Translogic host Jonathon Buckley takes a ride on the all new XDiavel S from Ducati. With 1,262 cc of displacement, this motorcycle packs a punch, but does it live up to its 'techno cruiser' moniker?