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At $12,995, the Ducati Streetfighter 848 undercuts the Fiat 500 Abarth by $9005. Read on to learn more about The Tempest and the Teapot in this news article brought to you by the automotive experts at Automobile Magazine.
Elon Musk merely dreamed of building rockets and electric cars, the front-passenger air bag wasn't yet mandatory, and the euro currency didn't exist when Americans last had Italian speed on the cheap. Long past its Graduate-fueled prime, the Alfa Romeo Spider bowed out in 1994, and that was it for reasonably accessible Italian driving pleasure. Fiat had made an ambivalent effort to vend its wares before abandoning these shores a decade earlier, and the truth was that its cars hardly kept up with the Alfas even when modified by exhaust systems and other speed parts from the Abarth performance division.
So from the land of extra-virgin olive oil and some of the most outrageous racing boats, airplanes, and automobiles ever conceived, only Ducati and Moto Guzzi, small manufacturers of motorcycles, consistently kept the spark going. Although Ducati sometimes flickered along the way, it ultimately produced a series of ever-more-sensational bikes that cost roughly the same as routine service on exotic Italian cars.
(translated from Italian)
THE VILLAGE HOUSE PANIGALE
Lapo 'A' bid for Ducati?
No, only patriotic zeal "
"I would hate if it were sold abroad '
Lapo Elkann - Fiat/Ferrari
BOLOGNA - "I consider myself a great patriot and I would hate if the Ducati was sold abroad and ended up in wrong hands. Managers have made a request economic hateful. What would subside if the claims? In that case, yes, I think that we come forward with an offer. " Says Lapo Elkann in an interview with Panorama Icon on newsstands Thursday. But spend a few hours and Lapo states: "I never thought of making a concrete offer for Ducati. Mine was a patriotic impulse to a company of which I have always loved motorcycles, with Ferrari's home in nearby Emilia. " No offer, in short, to the home of Ducati motorcycles. "Moreover, as I read in the newspapers - adds Elkann - the negotiations seem at an advanced stage."
LAPO FOR FERRARI - For over a year Lapo Elkann speaks of "Ferrari Tailor Made ', the project customization and' customization 'wanted by Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, to meet the wishes of all the fanatics of the red. Daughter of the laboratory Tailor Made, California is the 599 "blue mat Scotland" with which the grandson of Gianni Agnelli has been seen around in lately, while the other is the famous Lapo-Mobile 458 Italy camouflage livery seen in magazines around the world. "Here, let me stress this: the military is not part of the Ferrari custom world says Lapo Elkann - but is a little mad that I wanted to have this. It is simply the machine Lapo. The 599 California, however, is the car of Lapo Elkann. " ( source: Reuters)
April 2, 2012