2016 Ducati XDiavel First Look

Bryan Harley | November 16, 2015

Ducati has revamped the Diavel, its popular inroads to the cruiser market, with updates the Italian marque hails as even more cruiser-friendly. The 2016 Ducati XDiavel features belt final drive, a first for a Ducati motorcycle. The XDiavel’s ergos have also be tweaked, with forward-mounted controls extended and wide tracker-style bars added. Style-wise Ducati eliminated the distinctive, but bulky, side air intakes of the previous model, so the new X’s tank sports a more classic cruiser look. The exhaust on the XDiavel is routed differently too, curving out and exiting just before the back tire, adding to its drag-ready disposition.

The 2016 XDiavel also sports a larger displacement engine, sourcing a 1262cc Ducati Testastretta L-Twin with Desmodromic Variable Timing. The new engine features a longer stroke and higher compression ratio. It also sports a different powerband, as its 95 lb-ft peak torque comes at 5000 rpm – that’s 3000 revs sooner than the 96.3 lb-ft claims of the prior 1198cc Diavel Testastretta Twin.

2016 Ducati XDiavel debut

The 2016 Ducati XDiavel has a new 1262cc Testastetta L-Twin with DVT. 

The 2016 XDiavel sports a tubular steel trellis frame, more prominently displayed now that Ducati eliminated the headlight shroud and side intakes. It also rerouted the pipes and trimmed down both the tail section and rear fender so more of the motorcycle’s industrial design is on display, from the stamped covers of its engine to its cast wheels. Running the cooling hoses internally also helped tidy up its design.

Another new feature of the XDiavel is the addition of Ducati Power Launch (DPL). DPL is push-button activated so riders can toggle through different levels of intervention. Once activated, the motorcycle’s IMU regulates acceleration and adjusts the level of Ducati’s Traction Control (DTC) based on the chosen setting. With the high levels of torque available lower in the powerband, the new DPL system should be a handy feature.

Like the standard Diavel, the XDiavel is equipped with a complex system of electronics and rider aids. In addition to the launch control the technology package includes cornering ABS, DTC, variable riding modes, cruise control, hands-free communication, a TFT Dashboard and electric locks. Press materials also hype its powerful set of LED lights.

2016 Ducati XDiavel belt drive

The 2016 Ducati XDiavel has belt final drive, a first for a Ducati motorcycle. 

Another marketing angle is the numerous riding positions available on the XDiavel, 60 in total. This is accomplished via four different footpeg positions (three positions ranging from +/- 22.5mm; mid control option available as an extra, too), five seat options (standard, one 20mm higher, one 10mm lower, one wider, and a premium option), and three handlebar options (one 25mm more forward, one 25mm back). The passenger seat is revised and now comes with what appears to be a flip-up rear backrest.

The final appeal to the cruiser crowd are custom covers available from Roland Sands Design. RSD’s aftermarket offerings for Harley’s Sportsters are already hugely popular, and this relationship with the cruiser segment had to factor into Ducati’s decision to ally with the RSD team.

The XDiavel is also available in an up-spec XDiavel S version. No price had been released at the time of this writing.

2016 Ducati XDiavel Specifications

Engine: Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing), L-Twin, 4 Desmodromically actuated valves per cylinder, Dual spark, Liquid cooled
Displacement: 1262 cc (77.0 cu. In.)
Bore x Stroke: 106 x 71.5 mm (4.17 x 2.81 in)
Compression Ratio: 13:1
Claimed Power: 156 hp @ 9500 rpm / 95.0 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Fueling: BOSCH fuel injection system, Full ride-by-wire system, DEQ 56 oval throttle bodies
Exhaust: Stainless steel exhaust and muffler with dual oval exits, Catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Gearbox: 6-speed
Final Drive: Belt; Front sprocket Z28; Rear sprocket Z80
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Frame: Tubular steel trellis frame
Front Suspension: 50mm USD fork, with 4.72 inches of travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable for preload and rebound, with 4.33 inches of travel
Front/Rear Tires: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, 120/70 ZR17; 240/45 ZR17
Front Brake: Dual 320mm discs, radial-mount Brembo four-piston monobloc M50 calipers and radial master cylinder.
Rear Brake: Single 265mm disc, two-piston floating caliper
ABS: Bosch cornering ABS as standard equipment
Wheelbase: 63.6 inch
Rake/Trail: 30°/ 5.12 inch (130 mm)
Seat Height: 29.72 inch
Fuel Capacity: 4.75 gallon
Dry/Wet Weight (claimed): 485/518 pounds
MSRP: TBD

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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.

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