Ducati has teamed up with eyeglass designer Italia Independent to launch the Scrambler Italia Independent. Limited to a production run of 1,170 units worldwide, this design collaboration was first shown at the contemporary art exhibition “Art Basel” at the Setai Hotel, Miami, Florida late last year.

Taking Ducati’s interpretation of its retro, 70s-inspired Scrambler, the bike has been given a special matte-black finish with “Night Copper” accents. The heart of the machine is still the 803 cc Desmodromic V-twin, descended from the 796 cc Monster engine.

Rated at 75 hp and 68 Nm of torque, the engine suits the laid-back nature of the Scrambler Italia Independent, where image is possibly more important that performance. The V-twin mill is coated black and accented with machined cooling fins, while the all-black exhaust pipes terminate in a pair of Termignonis.

Each 2016 Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent comes with a laser-etched plate carrying each bike’s edition number. Other add-ons are the copper-coloured trellis frame and wheels along with a ‘shorty’ front mud-guard and diminutive nose fairing.

There are also five models of eye-wear from Italia Independent that are inspired by the motorcycle. The Ducati Scrambler Italia Independent edition retails for approximately 9,377 pounds sterling (RM58,253) in the UK.