Seeing collaborations between bike maker Ducati and car maker Lamborghini is not that uncommon anymore. The fact the raging bull is Ducati’s prime owner (and both are under the Volkswagen umbrella) long ago opened the doors to crossover builds between the two, and we vehicle lovers couldn’t be happier about it.

It all started back in 2020 with the release of the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, a motorcycle meant to pay tribute to the then-new Sian FKP 37. Two years later we were treated with a special interpretation of the Streetfighter V4, this one inspired by the Huracan STO. Both bikes came in highly limited production numbers and with fittings one doesn’t get on the usual range.

It’s the latter example that captures our attention this week, because the special ride became even more so, in the sense that it is now no longer a limited edition bike, but a unique work of art.

I’m not sure how many of you are familiar with the name Paolo Troilo. Given how I personally am not an art fan, I’m not particularly in the loop when it comes to the man’s work. I do know he has made a name for himself not only through his incredible art, but also thanks to the fact most of it is done by means of finger painting. Something that, we’re told, is one-of-a-kind among artists.

Troilo got tied to the automotive world back in 2021, when he made a painting called Minotauro. It was not a painting on a canvas or something like that, but made directly on the body of a Lamborghini Huracan EVO.

Circling back to the Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini for a bit, you all know how the bike was meant to be produced in a limited run of just 630 units, all of them painted in a livery sporting colors called Citrea Green and Dac Orange.

Unlike what it did with the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, Ducati decided to give this limited run an even more limited offshoot and announced an extra 63 bikes would be made in a collection called Speciale Clienti.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini by Paolo Troilo

Photo: Ducati

What that meant was that a pack of very highly-regarded Lamborghini owners would get the chance to spec their bikes in a way that could perfectly match their four-wheeled vehicles. That meant matching everything, including colors, bodywork, and wheels.

As it happens, the guy who purchased the 63rd Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Speciale Clienti is also the guy who owns the Lamborghini Huracan EVO that was painted by Troilo three years ago. And this is how the Centauro was born.

The Centauro is a special kind of Ducati made even more special by the fingers dipped in paint of the Italian artist. It was shown for the first time at the end of last week during an event called Art of Creating Myths. It happened in front of a select audience of 200 handpicked guests, on the sidelines of the 2024 edition of Arte Fiera held in Bologna.

The bike remains its special self underneath the painted body. That means the 1,103cc Desmosedici Stradale engine capable of delivering 208 horsepower sitting in the frame, and cues like grille extractors and air intakes on the tank cover, toe cap, and tailpiece to be reminiscent of the Lamborghini car it is meant to honor.

The paint job in Citrea Green and Dac Orange is however gone, and replaced by a play of black, white and gray. The design on all of the body was made, as said, by using the finger painting technique (but also, in some areas, by using specialized tools), and it’s meant to show the onlooker “the figurative representation of the arms of a man bent in acceleration that emerge on the two sides of the tank.”

To be honest I’m having a lot of trouble seeing that (check the attached gallery to see what I mean), but that is owed, I’m sure, to the fact I’m not really an art person. The fact that we’re dealing with an abstract geometric decomposition doesn’t help me either.

Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini by Paolo Troilo

Photo: Ducati

The Ducati-Lamborghini pair of unique vehicles was on display in Bologna this whole past weekend. It’s not public knowledge what will happen to the vehicles now, but the most likely scenario is that they will go into the owner’s private collection.

There’s a good chance we’ll never get to see any of them out in the open anytime soon, firstly because such projects seldom do that, and secondly because the Lambo and Ducati are no longer just vehicles, but works of art. And I’m pretty sure no one ever has gotten on the back of a Picasso to ride it around.

Like all else when it comes to all works of art, the price of the finger-painted Ducati Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini Speciale Clienti is not known. For reference, I’ll remind you the stock version of the bike was selling for $83,000.

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