Lamborghini, the iconic Italian automaker, has collaborated with the motorcycle manufacturer Ducati to produce a few limited-edition motorcycles. These motorcycles have been inspired by Lamborghini’s supercar designs and imbued with motorcycle producer expertise.
Lamborghini Motorcycle by Boxer Bikes
Oh yes, there is a Lamborghini bike, although not many were made, it did exist, and it wasn’t even built in Italy, but in France, by Boxer Bikes in Toulouse.
When Patrick Mimran bought the Lamborghini company, he decided to use the Lamborghini name on other things besides cars. He decided to use the fabulous V-12 in off-shore power boats, and with great success, and now he used the name on a bike, but not just a regular bike mind you.
The Lamborghini bike was considered to be one of the very best in the world, together with the legendary Bimota make, which was also a European company, not a Japanese one by the way.
Just like the Bimota, the Lamborghini bike used the best Japanese mechanicals on home-built cycle parts. For the Lamborghini bikes, a Kawasaki engine of 750, 900, or 1000 cc was used, which output between 90 and 120 Bhp and gave the Lamborghini-designed bike a top speed in excess of 160 mph.
By using the best parts available, the Lamborghini bike put only 396 lbs on the scale, the light-weight aluminum frame was a work of art by Claude Fior, the shock absorbers were made by Fournales, the exhausts by Devil and Gotti made these wheels, especially for this specific bike.
The gold-plated (actually ‘Cadmium plated’) brake calipers ware made by the well-known Brembo craftsperson.
An order list of 50 units was accepted, and in 1986 the production of the Lamborghini bike was started in the Boxer Bikes workshop. They intended to build 100 units a year, and each of them would cost about $13,500, but for this kind of money you bought the best available, besides, a Bimota was in the same price range, and if you owned a Lamborghini car, you should buy a bike too.
Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini
Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini: This motorcycle has a 1,103 cc engine with 153 kW of power and 123 Nm of torque. The engine is a Desmosedici Stradale V4 with 4 valves per cylinder and liquid cooling, which is matched with a 6-speed gearbox equipped with a Ducati Quick Shift. The bike is designed after the Lamborghini Huracán STO and it features Lamborghini-inspired elements, premium components, and special carbon fiber parts. It was produced in a limited series of 630+63 units.
Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini
Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini: This bike is equipped with a 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT 1262 V2 engine, producing 116 kW power at 9,250 rpm and 129 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm. It’s inspired by the Lamborghini Siàn FKP 37 supercar and features carbon fiber bodywork and forged aluminum rims. The motorcycle incorporates design elements of the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37, such as lightweight forged wheel rims and carbon fiber components. Its bodywork is colored in a bold Gea Green with Electrum Gold accents and it also incorporates Lamborghini hallmarks like the “Y” details and a hexagon-shaped exhaust. This bike was limited to 630 models.
It’s important to note that these collaborations are exceptional, as Lamborghini is primarily an automotive manufacturer and does not typically produce motorcycles. These collaborations between Ducati and Lamborghini have resulted in unique, high-performance motorcycles that are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.
There was also a collaboration between Lamborghini and Yohji Yamamoto, but it was focused on a customized Aventador S car and an apparel collection and did not result in a motorcycle.
Lamborghini Caramelo V4 Superbike
The Lamborghini Caramelo V4 Superbike is a conceptual design of a motorcycle created by Romanian designer Laurentiu Trifescu. This designer imagined what a superbike from the Italian supercar maker Lamborghini could potentially look like if the company ever decided to produce such a product.
The name “Caramelo” comes from a famous Spanish bull that defeated a lion and a tiger in a Madrid arena in 1877. The bull’s display of courage and strength left such an impression on the audience that they pleaded for the bull to be spared, and its name has been remembered to this day.
The proposed design for the Caramelo V4 Superbike is heavily influenced by the distinct Lamborghini style seen in their supercars. This design includes a tubular steel frame with a single-sided swingarm and is powered by a 1000cc V4 engine. Its aesthetic is reminiscent of the angular lines and clean surfaces seen in the Lamborghini Murcielago and Gallardo models. The concept design also suggests that the bike should be painted yellow, and have an aggressive, angular form.