2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon First Look

Bryan Harley | September 21, 2015

First the Monster 1200 R, now the 2016 Diavel Carbon. Ducati continues to trickle out information on its 2016 product line, this time releasing information on the latest carbon-fiber clad version of the Ducati Diavel.

While changes are incremental, the one that stands out the most is a redesigned seat said to improve comfort. Ducati didn’t state specifically what those changes were, but it looks like it comes up more in back for extra lumbar support. The relaxed riding position and 30.3-inch seat height remain the same. The 2016 Diavel Carbon sees a few tweaks to its exhaust, new features including Zirotec ceramic coating on the exhaust manifolds and stainless steel silencer covers with a brushed-steel effect. The tubular steel trellis frame is painted in a Dark Chrome and the Marchesini 10-spoke forged wheels have machined highlights. To complement the carbon fiber, the 2016 Diavel Carbon is slathered in an Asphalt Grey paint but is also available in a Dark Stealth version with a matte black tank, black frame and wheels.

2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon

A redesigned seat, tweaks to its exhaust, plenty of carbon fiber bits, new paint and trim highlight updates to the 2016 Diavel Carbon. 

The latest Diavel Carbon is offered with three different trim packages, Sport, Touring and Urban. The Sport Pack includes a carbon rear mudguard, carbon fiber instrument and headlamp covers, billet aluminum brake and clutch fluid reservoir caps and a rear brake fluid reservoir cover. The Touring Pack sees the addition of a set of panniers, a back rest and a Plexiglass windshield. In Urban form, the pack features lightweight forged aluminum wheels, racing billet aluminum footpegs, a carbon fuel tank protector and billet aluminum frame plugs, front sprocket casing and clutch casing cover.

One of the benefits of the carbon fiber trim and forged wheels is weight reduction, the 2016 Diavel Carbon claimed to tip the scales at 205 kg (452 pounds) compared to the 210 kg (463 pounds) of the standard 2015 Diavel.

2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon handling

The genre-bending motorcycle will continue to be powered by the Ducati Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, the powerplant sourcing Ducati superbike DNA delivered in a smoother and more linear manner. Said mill is good for a claimed 162 horsepower @ 9250 rpm and 96 lb-ft torque @ 8000 rpm.

Of course, the amount of power is variable thanks to riders being able to choose from three different maps (Sport, Touring, Urban). Besides horsepower, the different maps also adjust Ducati Traction Control levels and responsiveness of Ducati’s Ride-by-Wire system. The motorcycle is outfitted with Ducati’s Thin Film Transitor (TFT) display to help riders manage all that data. The TFT also senses ambient light conditions and will change the background color of the display to black or white to ensure the best visibility.

Plenty of high-end goodness continues to complete the package, suspension duties provided by a fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi fork and a Sachs rear that offers compression and rebound adjustability. Brembo Monobloc 4-piston calipers with twin 320mm discs anchor the front while a 2-piston Brembo caliper teamed to a single 265mm rear disc is mounted on the rear. ABS is standard. The 10-spoke wheels are wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tires, a slim 120 front juxtaposed against a fat 240 rear. No price was listed at the time of this writing, but the 2015 version listed for $20,995.

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2016 Ducati Diavel Carbon Specs
Engine: Testastretta 11° L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, liquid cooled.
Displacement: 1198.4cc
Bore X Stroke: 106 X 67.9mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Power: 162 hp @ 9250 rpm; 96.3 lb-ft torque @ 8000 rpm
Fuel Injection: EFI, elliptical throttle bodies
Exhaust: Stainless steel silencer w/brushed steel outer cover; catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes, manifolds treated w/black ceramic Zircotec
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate with hydraulic control
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame w/ Dark Chrome paint
Front Suspension: Marzocchi fully adjustable 50mm USD fork
Front Wheel: 3.50” X 17”
Front Tire: 120/70ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable w/progressive linkage. Remote spring preload adjustment. Single-sided aluminum swingarm
Rear Wheel: 8.00” X 17”
Rear Tire: 240/45ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 4.7 in.
Front Brake: 2 X 320mm semi-floating discs, radial-mounted Brembo Monobloc 4-piston calipers w/ABS
Rear Brake: 265mm, 2-piston floating caliper w/ABS
Dry Weight: (claimed) 452 pounds
Seat Height: 30.3 in.
Wheelbase: 62.6 in.
Rake: 28-degress
Trail: 5.1 in.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.5 US gal.

Bryan Harley

Cruiser Editor |Articles | Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.