Around two weeks ago, we told you that Ducati was working on a sportier new Diavel for 2019. More details have now emerged about it and like its sibling, the XDiavel, it will be available in two variants – 1260 and 1260 S. The S will also feature top-of-the-line Ohlins suspension, multiple rider aids with a six-axis IMU and even Bluetooth connectivity.
From previously leaked spy shots, it could be seen that the new Diavel has redesigned bodywork that echoes the theme seen on the current XDiavel. Proof of this can be seen in the LED headlight as well as the twin-pipe exhaust set-up on the test mule – they both appear similar to the ones on the XDiavel.
Called Project 1309, the next-gen Diavel uses the engine as a stressed member in the frame and is combined with fully-adjustable Ohlins suspension for the first time. The 1260 S also boasts Brembo Monoblock brakes and a wide rear wheel that can accommodate a 240-section rear tyre. The standard model, meanwhile, will ride on Marzocchi suspension.
Ducati’s project manager, Eugenio Gherardi, was quoted saying, “The whole idea is to move the bike away from the values of the XDiavel and to make the machine sportier. So the suspension is much better quality and the rake is steeper, going from 28 to 27 degrees. The frame is all-new and though the wheelbase is 15mm longer (1600mm), the bike is a lot more nimble.”
The big Ducati is expected to be powered by the company’s 1,262cc, liquid-cooled L-Twin motor that debuted in the XDiavel and then made its way to the Multistrada 1260. Reports suggest that this motor will be tuned to make a little less than 160hp on this bike. In comparison, this motor makes 152hp and 126Nm of torque on the XDiavel and 158hp and 129.5Nm of torque on the new Multistrada 1260.
As with the current Diavel, the foot pegs on this motorcycle are placed in a more sporty position and are not forward-set like the XDiavel. This, along with the more powerful motor and what looks to be a steeper fork can together form the sportiest Diavel yet. We believe this motorcycle will be sold alongside the XDiavel as a sportier option.
Expect Ducati to unveil the bike fully at the end of the year, mostly during INTERMOT in October or EICMA in November. However, the bike is only likely to hit the roads early next year.