Founded in 1968 by Giorgetto Giugiaro, Italdesign is a legendary design firm that’s been responsible for penning a host of thoroughly iconic vehicles. And while the Italian outfit is undeniably best-known for its exotic cars, the Turin-based design house has also previously applied its expertise to the two-wheeled realm, designing a handful of noteworthy motorcycles including Suzuki’s RE5 rotary and Ducati’s groundbreaking 860 GT in 1974. And with Ducati now poised to soon enter the EV space, Italdesign has drawn on the ‘70s L-Twin to deliver a neo-retro interpretation of an electric Ducati motorcycle.
Dubbed the “Ducati 860-E Concept,” this electric motorcycle design study pays homage to the Ducati of nearly half a century ago by capturing a number of its main visual hallmarks, including the GT’s gilled side covers, arching tank, and circular headlight. Where the 860’s bevel-driven 863.9cc L-Twin once sat is now a contemporary EV powertrain that, like the original model, is utilized as a stressed member of the bike’s frame. Other modern touches on the 860-E include an inverted front-end, a single-sided swing-arm, dual radial-mount front brakes, and LED lighting throughout. To see more of Italdesign’s Ducati 860-E Concept, you can check out the design firm’s promo video below.