Friday, February 04, 2011

Ducati Diavel: Full specs, high-res pics, video

The Ducati Diavel is the motorcycle to buy if you have a hot girlfriend to show off to the world...

Ducati have released some more details and tech specs as well as some new pics of the Diavel, which the Italian company claims is ‘the new shape of power and style.’ ‘Custom shop beauty, state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and extraordinary riding pleasure are masterfully blended into the Diavel, a motorcycle destined to shape the future, a motorcycle built by people who have earned the right to change the rules,’ say the PR men at Ducati.

The Diavel weighs 207 kilos, its high-tech L-twin (based on 1198’s Testastretta Evoluzione, but significantly modified for the Diavel...) produces 162 horsepower and 127Nm of torque, and its 240-section Pirelli rear tyre threatens to steamroll the bike’s detractors into submission. Ducati claim that their chassis technology ‘serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics,’ though we suppose the 1198SP shouldn’t have anything to fear just yet.

‘If the stance of a Streetfigher is that of ‘anger,’ the stance of the Diavel is that of readiness, dominance, and confidence bordering on superiority,’ says the Ducati press release. Hmmm..., we don’t really know what to make of the Diavel. We’d still have an 1198SP, but that’s just us. We’re sure there would also be a significant number of people who’d love the Diavel and who would be happy to ride this machine. And why not? The Diavel looks a chunk more comfortable than a 1198, you can ride 24,000km between each major service, and advanced electronics like ABS, ride-by-wire throttle control and DTC traction-control should make the bike safe and easy to ride.

There’s one more thing. Our no.1 motorcycling fantasy is still getting to ride a 1198SP (or S1000RR, or RSV4 Factory APRC SE or 2011 ZX-10R) flat out around a deserted high-speed circuit in some remote corner of the world. On a sunny Sunday morning. But if we were riding across Europe, with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as our pillion seat passenger, we’d probably just want something like the VMAX or Diavel...

Would we take the Diavel over the 1198SP? If we had Ms Huntington-Whiteley riding with us on the back seat, then probably yes...!

Ducati Diavel: Tech specs
Engine: 1198cc, Testastretta 11° Desmodromic liquid-cooled L-Twin, 4 valves per cylinder
Power: 162bhp at 9,500rpm
Torque: 127.5Nm at 8,000rpm
Fuel injection: Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire
Gearbox: Six speed
Clutch: Wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control, Selfservo action on drive, slipper action on over-run
Chassis: Tubular steel trellis frame
Front suspension: 50mm Marzocchi USD fork, fully adjustable
Rear suspension: Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock, aluminium single-sided swingarm
Wheels: Forged and machined light alloy 17-inch Marchesini
Tyres: 120/70 ZR17 (front), 240/45 ZR17 (rear) Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front brake: 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston with ABS
Rear brake: 265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS
Dry weight: 210kg
Warranty: 2 years unlimited mileage

MCN's Ducati Diavel riding impression...

All you ever wanted to see of the Ducati Diavel

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