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Ducati DesertX and Audi RS Q e-tron take centre stage in Sardinia special event

Christopher Chaves Updated: May 04, 2022, 10:52 PM IST

The Ducati DesertX - one of the most exciting motorcycles that will launch in India later this year - and the Audi RS Q e-tron rally prototype met in Sardinia for a special event organized in partnership by Ducati and Audi. The pair of vehicles took center-stage in the first test reserved for the international media. Present at the event were Danilo Petrucci, winner of a stage of the Dakar 2022, and the official Audi drivers/co-drivers Emil Bergkvist, Stéphane Peterhansel, Edouard Boulanger, Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz.

To celebrate this event, the Centro Stile Ducati has created an exclusive livery for the DesertX inspired by that of the RS Q e-tron. This special bike was ridden by Petrucci, who put on a show together with the Sainz / Cruz pairing on a technical off-road track. Fun stuff, right?

Just to refresh your memory, the DesertX is the model with which the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer enters the mid-displacement enduro segment. The bike is designed to tackle the most demanding off-road and for this reason it is equipped with a 21/18-inch wheels setup, long travel suspension and ample ground clearance. Powered by the 110PS, liquid-cooled, 937cc Testastretta V-Twin, the DesertX is seen as a motorcycle meant for any and all occasions (especially those which don't involve any paved surfaces). The good news is that it will launch in India this year. The only downer here is that you'll have to wait till the October, towards the end of the year for it. We estimate the pricing to be around the Rs 18 lakh region.

For more on the Ducati DesertX, read:

2022 Ducati DesertX unveiled

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