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 |  Jun 13 2012, 7:15 PM

As World Ducati Week (WDW) 2012 approaches, the Italian bike brand is announcing Audi as its official automotive parter with Lamborghini planning an appearance with two flagships as well.

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 |  May 28 2010, 12:26 PM

To help celebrate World Ducati Week, Mercedes will debut a new ‘Naked’ limited edition SLK200 Kompressor model during the festivities, which start June 20th in Rimini, Italy. The reason for Mercedes’ involvement is due to the close connection between the Mercedes AMG division and financing and insurance firm Gruppo Generali – which also just so happens to be a sponsor of Ducati in MotoGP.

As the most popular SLK model in Europe, the supercharged four-cylinder’s 1.8-liter engine will remain untouched, continuing to generate 181-hp and 184 ft-lbs of torque. Upgrades for the model will include aluminum accents, a leather steering wheel, AMG rear lip spoiler, new 5-spoke 18-inch Titanium Silver wheels with 225/40/18 front tires and 245/35/18 rear tires, plus a long list of optional equipment as standard. Pricing is set at 40,900 Euros and just 99 versions of the limited edition model will be offered exclusively in Italy.

Mercedes hasn’t released pricing yet, but rumors suggest that instead of a traditional Mercedes silver or black, the SLK Class Naked will get a brilliant shade of Ducati red.

[Source: MondoMotori and GPOne]