While BMW might not be a good fit for Ducati, its German rival Mercedes-Benz might.

Ducati and Mercedes already have a working relationship through the automaker’s AMG performance arm. AMG sponsors Ducati’s MotoGP team and the two companies have already collaborated on a special edition Diavel, as well as the Streetfighter-inspired version of the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG pictured above.

Ducati and Mercedes-Benz already have a working relationship through AMG
Both brands share a strong racing heritage
Ducati would add a new front to the battle between rivals Mercedes-Benz and BMW

Mercedes-Benz acquiring Ducati would have made sense when they teamed up a year ago. If there were interest on Mercedes’ end, a deal would have likely developed by now

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