Mercedes-Benz and Ducati release a pair of streetfighters

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Back in November 2010, the AMG performance division of Mercedes-Benz formed a partnership with iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. Through the partnership, which is in essence a cooperative marketing relationship, AMG became the "Official Car Partner" of Ducati's MotoGP racing team and Ducati committed to converting its vehicle fleet over to Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The partnership has also recently spawned a pair of eye-catching rides; one with four wheels, the other with two. Finished in "Streetfighter yellow," the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and the Ducati Streetfighter 848 embody the style, power and road presence of both AMG and Ducati.

In addition to its striking yellow paint, the Streetfighter SLK 55 AMG features yellow stitching on black nappa leather throughout the interior. Yellow stitching is found on the beltlines, armrests, dashboard, centre panels, shift lever gaiter, leather-covered roll-over bars and the steering wheel. There are even yellow LED-illuminated AMG door sill panels on this particular SLK.

Power is provided by a naturally aspirated 5.5-litre V8 engine with 422 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. The engine features cylinder shut-off technology for improved fuel economy, enabling it to post a fuel economy rating of 8.4 L/100 km with CO2 emissions of 195 g/km. The V8 engine propels the SLK 55 AMG from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and it will surge forward to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

AMG has also equipped the SLK 55 with torque vectoring brakes, a three-stage electronic stability program, a sports suspension and a "Direct-Steer" steering system. The SLK 55 AMG is distinguished by AMG light-alloy wheels, an AMG spoiler lip and two chrome-plated exhaust tips at the rear.

Ducati's Streetfighter 848 is also performance-oriented and features a revised Testastretta 11-degree engine with 132 horsepower and 68 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mounted to a modified frame that helps to deliver safe and agile handling, and the Streetfighter 848 also boasts revised ergonomics and a traction control system.

It's not very often that automotive manufacturers and motorcycle manufacturers come together the way AMG and Ducati have. The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and the Ducati Streetfighter 848 are the early fruit of this exciting union, and it's quite likely that both AMG and Ducati will release more special edition models in the future.

©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Motorcycle, Roadster, Mercedes-Benz, Ducati, SLK 55 AMG, AMG, Partnership,

Organizations: Mercedes-Benz, Ducati

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