Ducati has pulled the wraps off the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini: a limited-edition run of bikes that pay tribute to the Lamborghini Huracan STO supercar.
Under the complex structure of the Volkswagen empire that bought Ducati in 2012, the bike firm is officially owned by Lamborghini, itself a subsidiary of Audi, which in turn belongs to VW. So it’s surprising that in a decade of ownership there’s been just one direct tie-in model before today, the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini. Launched two years ago, that bike proved that the crossover between the brands was strong, selling out all 630 examples within a couple of weeks of its launch. Now the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini renews the collaboration with a much more involved set of changes compared to the base model to give a greater link to the Lamborghinis that will probably sit alongside the bikes in their owners’ garages.
Like the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini is limited to a run of 630 examples, but this time there will also be an additional 63 ‘Lamborghini Speciale Clienti’ bikes made available only to Lamborghini customers, with paintwork, rims, seat colours and brake calipers to match their own cars.
How much those bikes will cost is probably immaterial to the sort of customers that count themselves as ‘special clients’ of Lamborghini, but the 630 standard Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghinis show that the company is getting more ambitions with its plans to raid the wallets of supercar fans. The Diavel Lamborghini was only a third more than a Diavel 1260 S, with a list price of £27,795, but the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini will set its buyers back around twice that much, with an Price of £55,995. Cheap for something wearing a Lamborghini badge, perhaps, but more than two and a half times as much as the Streetfighter V4 S it’s based on.
That money doesn’t buy you extra performance. The Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini still makes the same 208hp as the rest of the Streetfighter V4 line up, and at 178kg dry it’s the same weight as the ‘S’ version and a kilo heavier than the V4 SP that previously topped the range.
Instead, the money goes on cosmetics. The V4 Lamborghini gets new forged alloy wheels with a cross-spoke pattern that mimics the rims on the Lambo Huracan STO, and the bodywork is revised to reflect elements of the Huracan’s design. Made of the same carbon fibre used by Lamborghini, it has a new mudguard with vents that copy those on the Huracan’s nose. A new belly pan takes its inspiration from the car’s side skirts, and additional vents on the tank’s side covers are designed to copy outlets on the front wheel arches of the Huracan STO. At the back a new pillion seat cover replicates the upper tail surface of the Lamborghini, with a host of slots, and the seat material is designed to look like the car’s interior.
If you bought your Huracan STO in the ‘Verde Citrea/Arancio Dac’ combination of green and red, then any of the 630 ‘base’ versions of the Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini will match it nicely. The calipers and the winglets also match the red parts, while the Öhlins forks are finished in black. If you picked a different colour scheme for the Lamborghini in your garage (you do have one, don’t you?), then you’d better put your name down for one of the 63 ‘Lamborghini Speciale Clienti’ examples if you want the bike to match it.
In case you’re wondering, the obsession with 63 isn’t because it’s Francesco Bagnaia’s race number, but to mark the fact that Lamborghini was founded in 1963, making 2023 its 60th anniversary year.
Other components to set the Lambo bike aside from the base Streetfighter V4 include adjustable pegs and Rizoma levers in billet alloy, with a smattering of extra carbon bits plus an Akrapovič titanium silencer. Each bike is, of course, numbered and named on a plaque in the tank cover.
In terms of suspension, the Lambo Ducati is similar to the ‘S’ version, with Öhlins Smart EC forks and shock. The brakes are Brembo Stylemas, and the bike’s wet weight, including fluids, comes in at 197.5kg.
Buyers will also be able to get matching jackets, helmets and leathers, and of course the 63 Lamborghini ‘special clients’ that get the even more limited version in custom paint can also have leathers made to match. Deliveries are due to start in April, but even at its high price the order books are likely to be full fast, so get your name down quick if you want one.