Italdesign reinvents the classic Ducati 860 GT as a vintage electric motorcycle
Since its founding in 1968, Italdesign by Giorgetto Giugiaro has become revered for making vehicle icons under badges ranging from Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen and even DeLorean.
The 1974 Ducati 860 GT is one of the few two-wheelers in the Italian firm’s portfolio, and it has received a modern treatment in the form of a new all-electric concept shown in the video above.
“Do you remember the # Ducati860 were we lucky enough to conceive in the 70s? It was so futuristic that it was probably way too ahead of its time, ”Italdesign wrote in the video description.
“That’s why today, almost 50 years later, we asked our designers to re-imagine this model. The Ducati 860-E Concept retains some of the iconic lines of the original, like the tank shell. extending under the saddle, projected into the future future. Fully electric and silent, with a stunning design. “
Cycling world postulates that Italdesign’s most famous contribution to the motorcycle world is possibly the Suzuki RE5, one of the few motorcycles ever produced with a pistonless rotary engine. But the Ducati 860-E would be a disruptor for sure.
Modern features like a circular LED headlight and a quiet powerhouse combined with an updated classic profile are already avant-garde, but the idea of an electric bike with Ducati badge is what pushes it above, being given that the Italian brand is dead -resolved to continue with internal combustion engines.
However, Italdesign adds that “no production is planned for this model” because the Ducati 860-E is just an exercise. Pity.