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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-17-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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VW to buy MV Agusta (old rumor, old thread)

In a recent interview former president and still head of the board of VW Ferdinand Piech declared that VW would like to expand its portfolio with a small (but profitably) bike-company. He also confirmed regretting not to been able to buy Ducati when it was up for sale in 1985. Ferdinand also drives a Ducati Superbike so is specially fond of Italian bikes.

Since BMW is the main target for VW-Audi and BMW is entering the superbike class with the new R1000SS it would be likely that VW is looking for a motorbike brand to have this part of the market covered. And maybe enter the WSB competition?

1+1=2 so....

At this moment the only ‘small’ sports motorbike company likely for sale is MV Agusta and since rumours have been circulating freely I wouldn’t be surprised if the Italian company came under German ownership by VW. Remember VW also owns Lamborghini and has been fairly successful in making is profitable.

How many Audis or VW Phaetons have you seen lately at the Varese factory?
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I guess it depends on how big is MV's debt but I'd be happy with a VW/Audi ownership - may get Porsche to help with some of the engineering as well.

Do you think direct injection technology could work on a motorcycle engine? How about magnetic suspension?
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well they did get porsche to make them the cart system they use at the factory to build the bike so they are speaking to the germans about stuff
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NOOOO I dont like a boring company like VW but mv agusta could use the money I guess but I rather hope for a nicer more excotic company
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That would be awesome if VW bought MV and made it a player!

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Do you think direct injection technology could work on a motorcycle engine? How about magnetic suspension?
I guess both technologies could be very innovative and would bring something new to the world of superbikes. Think about a superbike that is very docile and comfy at slow speeds and very sharp and harder sprung at the simple flick of a button. Could be much beter than the system of Suzuki GSXR that is in car-terms (think BMW M5) very primitive. Car technology has come far enough to be brought to bikes (always some delay because two wheels never forgive as much as 4 when technology goes wrong).

Start dreaming about a F4 1000 with 200 HP, 180 kg thanks to carbon chassis, Titanium parts and other exotic stuff. Tested by and as reliable as a Porsche.

Personaly being a BMW-fan I have mixed emotions, never been very keen on the modern beetles. Could be hard to decide between the fantasy new Agusta or the new street R1000SS. Guess a lot will depend on prices and technology.

Maybe car-industry should also consider looking at bikes. What makes them great is low weight and a lot of power. A BMW M5 is great to drive and has lots of power. In the end it never delivers as much sensations as a superbike (is a lot safer on modern roads though...)
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well they did get porsche to make them the cart system they use at the factory to build the bike so they are speaking to the germans about stuff


Interesting . If I recall correctly, Porsche learned the chart system from the Japanese in the 1990s.


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NOOOO I dont like a boring company like VW but mv agusta could use the money I guess but I rather hope for a nicer more excotic company


For for VW being "boring", VW is the mass market extension of Audi and also has close ties with Porsche It's been years since I followed the brands but I think VW/Audi's CEOs are of the Porsche family.

Ultimately, the technology the VW/Audi/Porsche group could bring to MV Agusta would be beneficial. Styling, I'm sure, would remain "Italian" as it's a trademark of the brand. I just questions VW's reliability....but then I don't consider MV under Cagiva bullet proof either.
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VW also owns Bugatti and Lamborghini.
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post #9 of 51 (permalink) Old 04-17-2008, 12:44 PM
The big Italian companies should be ashamed of themselves. A great name/marque like MV Agusta should be taken up by the likes of Fiat and given to the likes of Ferrari or Alfa Romeo IMO. They did it with Maserati at look at them now. Very sad indeed. Tifosi through and through me
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