Ducati Diavel Makes Official Debut

November 1, 2010
Bart Madson
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Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati raises the curtain, finally, on its long-rumored and much-hyped Diavel motorcycle.

Ducati unveiled its 2011 model lineup a day before the EICMA Milan Bike Show. The Italian marque placed its much-hyped Diavel at center stage, with the new street/cruiser unit headlining the Ducati 2011 new model releases. The Diavel features a 162-horsepower Twin and claimed 463-pound dry weight. The new Duc will come in a standard version and an uprated Diavel Carbon, which uses carbon fiber bodywork and lighter wheels (dry weight 456 pounds).

Ducati’s Testastretta Twin powers the new Diavel. The power claims are 162 horsepower and 94 lb-ft torque. This version of the powerful Ducati Twin is dubbed the Testastretta 11 – the 11 referring to the degrees of crankshaft rotation during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open. This overlap trait occurs at the end of the exhaust stroke to optimize intake airflow, with the 11 degrees on the Diavel down from the 41-degree rotation found on the Testastretta powering the 1198. Otherwise the internal dimensions, 1198.4cc displacement and 106mm bore x 67.9mm stroke, are unchanged from the Superbike.

2011 Ducati Diavel Photo Gallery

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A Ducati ride-by-wire throttle opens the butterfly valves to power the new devil. Electronic gizmos also include three ride modes, selected at the left switchgear button and viewed on the tank-mounted instrument display. Three engine mappings include a 162-hp “sport,” 162-hp with progressive power delivery “touring” and a detuned 100-hp “urban” setting. The new Diavel also makes use of Ducati Traction Control (DTC), which has already debuted on the company’s production Superbike line and is now filtering down into the street lineup. The Diavel also utilizes the hands-free ignition system featured on the 2010 Multistrada 1200. The Ducati Data Acquisition (DDA) system is not offered.

A pair of radiators cool down the Twin, with a 2-1-2 exhaust routing fumes out the rightside aluminum canisters (the exhaust silencers also gracing the Ducati Monster 1100 EVO, revealed alongside the Diavel). On each side of the 5.3-gallon fuel tank are aluminum air intakes (the positioning remarkably similar to the distinctive air scoops on the V-MAX, which now seems to finally have its class doppleganger).

Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look

A slipper clutch adorns the new Ducati, with a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive transferring power to the rear tire. And it’s a fat one out back, as the Diavel makes use of a 240mm rear.

Ducati’s trellis frame returns with a single-sided aluminum swingarm. A 50mm Marzocchi fork is placed up front, offering preload, compression and rebound adjustment. The rear Sachs shock in the rear also offers three-way adjustability. Steering geometry is a 28-degree rake with 130mm (5.12 inches) trail. Wheelbase is 62.6 inches with Ducati promising 41-degree lean angles. Seat height is 30.3 inches.

The Diavel rolls on 14-spoke, 17-inch hoops – the front 3.5 inches wide with the rear eight inches to support the meaty tire. Spooned on the wheels are Diablo Rosso II tires from Pirelli, the front a standard issue 120/70 with the rear an unconventional 240/45 profile. The Diavel Carbon makes use of Marchesini wheels that trim 5.5 pounds of weight.

Braking comes courtesy of Brembo stoppers. The four-piston monobloc units up front grip a pair of 320mm rotors. Out back a single 265mm rotor is pinched by a two-piston Brembo caliper. Both versions of the Diavel will come with Ducati’s Bosch-Brembo ABS as standard kit. Ducati isn’t holding back on the braking performance claims either, with PR stating the Diavel’s total package delivers “braking performance even greater than that of the awesome Ducati Superbikes.”

No word yet on pricing or when the new Diavel will be available in the U.S. Stay tuned for updates as they are made available.

What’s in a Name?

We already know the name Diavel is a Bolognese dialect of the Italian Diablo – devil. The story behind the name is that when a prototype was shown to a group of Ducati techs and engineers, the silhouette inspired one to say: “Ignurant comm al Diavel!” – “Evil, just like the devil!” Ducati PR shtick, perhaps, but an interesting footnote to one of the most anticipated bikes of the 2011 motorcycle model year.

Ducati Brass on the New Diavel

Ducati President Gabriele Del Torchio at EICMA unveiling: “2010 has been a year of great opportunity for Ducati and despite the difficult market environment, we have seen our market share double in the last three years, from 4.3% to 8.6%. By the end of 2010 we expect a sales growth of 6% compared to last year, a growth that is testimony to Ducati’s capacity to react, even during a contraction in the market. Essentially, we owe this to the creation of specific strategies within our 2007-2010 industrial plan. We continue to base the pillars of our strategy on loyalty to our mission: To be specialists and segment leaders in the sport bike sector, while working with determination on the development of highly innovative new products. This mission enables us to expand into new market segments like the Diavel, which we unveil here at EICMA.”

Ducati Diavel First Look
Ducati Diavel First Look
The Diavel Carbon makes use of carbon fiber bodywork and Marchesini wheels for a lighter claimed weight.

“Engineering quality and excitement quality are key elements of our development process. The engineering quality of our product has grown significantly over the last three years and now positions us at the apex of European industry. The excellent excitement quality, increasingly important in this competitive environment, is demonstrated by the unmistakable Italian style of our bikes and by their performance which delivers enhanced enjoyment and safety for our customers, whether on the road or the track.”

Ducati General Manager Claudio Domenicali:
“We are here at EICMA this week with a series of important innovations that are totally in line with our strategic industrial plan and the Diavel is, without doubt, the most exciting innovation in our 2011 line-up because it represents a new concept of motorcycle. It is a naked because it is essential, light and agile; a cruiser because it is imposing and also comfortable with a passenger; and a sports bike because it has a powerful heart, muscles, and levels of performance that take your breath away.”

“Until now, no segment has ever captured these characteristics in just one bike. We are extremely satisfied with the Diavel, it represents the very concept of ‘sport’ and celebrates all that Ducati has achieved in recent years. If the Multistrada 1200 represents the perfect synthesis between functionality and performance, the Diavel creates a new interpretation of performance, this time combined with technology and design.”

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