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XDiavel S

Dauntless, irreverent, unheard of, the new XDiavel breaches the world of cruisers with Ducati values, merging concepts that apparently stand worlds apart. Travelling and relaxing to the comfort of forward controls combines with the performance and handling of a real Ducati. The new Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 engine reconciles the two different personalities of the XDiavel, ensuring superbike muscle and a flat torque curve from the low rev range upwards.

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Motorcycles by Ducati are the result of a long design tradition that is marked as much by the Italian life-style as the profound knowledge of the engineers and the experiences gathered in motor racing sports. The design of the XDiavel S adopts a new concept that makes its form look closer to the American cruiser motorcycle type keeping a strong and clear link to Ducati form language. This bike is thus the outcome of a fundamental redesign and fascinates with a silhouette of beefy appearance that frames its entire vol-ume.

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In order to realise such extreme proportions, the bike has been meticulously designed “element by element”. The expressive lines make the XDiavel S look well balanced and as if stretched from front to back. Particular attention has been paid to the design of the “L-twin” engine, the hallmark of every Ducati motorcycle. The frame construction expands on the traditional design idiom by keeping the short frame, the one immediately recognisable as the classic Ducati trellis frame.

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The headlight has been translated into a unique piece of technology with DRL (Daytime Running Light) system. Design elements such as the silencer and seat all have their own appeal, yet, together, produce a harmonically balanced whole. Successfully merging traditional and modern elements, the XDiavel S has managed to emerge as a highly expressive interpretation of a Ducati motorcycle, which – as a true “Techno Cruiser” – conquers new ground.

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“The XDiavel S looks familiar, yet is entirely new. Its specific design lends a Ducati motorcycle a convincing, stylistically modernised look, yet manages to keep it recognisable as a representative of a classic product family. The powerful and sensuous appeal of its silhouette appeals to the emotions at first glance. This motorcycle fascinates with perfectly staged details, such as the engine architecture being consistently emphasised in form.” – Statement by the jury / Red Dot Design Award

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The meeting of two seemingly opposite, complementary and fundamental worlds. Two souls that distinguish the XDiavel, or rather a comfortable, relaxed cruiser but also a bike that guarantees sports riding enjoyment. The XDiavel epitomises elegance and non-conformism, relaxation and performance.

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The new Ducati XDiavel interprets the cruiser world with completely new criteria, and it achieves this not only thanks to its unusual and original features but also by combining apparently opposite concepts and worlds. All this while keeping faith to the Ducati values: style, high technological content, performance.

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Long and low, the new Ducati XDiavel offers a riding position with forward footpegs and maximum rideability even at low speeds, in true cruiser style. At the same time it ensures the easy handling and performance of a real racing bike. Two spirits that are able to coexist within the same bike thanks to a completely new engine, the Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262, which delivers a maximum power of 156 hp combined with a torque of 13.1 Kgm at just 5000 rpm.

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Again drawing on the cruiser world, XDiavel also interprets the final drive belt transmission in a Ducati key – silent and clean – to ensure smoother power delivery to the rear wheel.

The shapes are exalted by a total black look with blacks that range from gloss to matt. A cruiser also implies materials and finish that follow a precise philosophy: steel tank, radiator cover in untreated aluminium and, in the S version, frame side plates and footpeg support plates forged in aluminium with visible tooling as well as rims machined from light alloy. In addition to all this, again for the S version, there’s a black gloss finish on the engine, specially machined belt covers, billet rear-view mirrors, and the exclusive headlamp with DRL (Daytime Running Light) that makes the new XDiavel so unmistakeable.

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Like a made-to-measure garment, the new XDiavel offers 60 ergonomic configurations to adapt to the needs of every rider. Four different positions are provided for the rider’s footpegs, there are five different seats, three handlebar sets, as well as two different passenger seats – a standard and a comfort version with backrest.

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The engine of the new XDiavel belongs to the Ducati Testastretta DVT family already mounted on the Multistrada, but has a thoroughly revised layout with the coolant pump to the centre of the cylinders, and an increased displacement of 1,262 cc.

Since the new XDiavel’s engine is entirely visible, the relocation of the pump was necessary in order to render the motorcycle more aesthetically pleasing. The engine’s appearance has been further improved by the design of the belt covers and the side casings.

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The most significant innovations, however, regard the work done to optimise and maintain a high maximum power level, and a considerable torque value even at lower rpm, as required by the cruiser philosophy. The result is an extremely flat torque curve that always remains above 10 Kgm from 2,100 rpm up to the rev limiter threshold. The engine is confirmed as the undisputed protagonist from every standpoint, even in terms of aesthetics. In fact, in addition to having eliminated the water pump and the relative rubber hoses from view on the left-hand side, on the S version the glossy black paint is accompanied by belt covers with visible machining designed to render the engine even more appealing.

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Another characterising element of the XDiavel is the imposing 240 mm rear tyre, which, together with the high and streamlined rear end, gives this Ducati cruiser a unique style.

The bike’s chassis dimensions (seat height, steering head angle, and wheelbase) show how Ducati has embraced the cruiser category, guaranteeing a perfect balance with all the performance features and sports aptitude typical of every Ducati model. Finally, the bike is also equipped with a top-class Ducati electronics package (Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, and Riding Mode), as well as an exceptional Brembo suspension and braking system.

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The standard features are complemented by elements of particular importance for a cruiser model: a Bluetooth module for smartphones and music players (only on the S version), cruise control, and even DPL (Ducati Power Launch – introduced for the first time on a Ducati model), which can be adjusted to 3 different levels in order to ensure maximum acceleration from a standstill.

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Name: XDiavel S
Type: Motorcycle
Technical specifications XDIAVEL:

  • Ducati Testastretta DVT 1262 liquid-cooled L-Twin Cylinder Engine, 1,262 cc. displacement, DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) timing system, max. power 156 hp at 9500 rpm, max. torque 13.1 kgm at 5,000 rpm. 6-speed gearbox. Tubular steel trellis frame, adjustable suspension, Brembo disc brakes with monobloc callipers. Length 2,285 mm, wheelbase 1,615 mm, kerb weight 247 Kg. Tyres: Pirelli Diablo Rosso II, front 120/70 ZR17, rear 240/45 ZR17. Electronic equipment: Riding Mode, Bosch Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Cruise control, DPL (Ducati Power Launch), full LED lighting system (where permitted), headlight with DRL (S version only, where permitted), Bluetooth module for infotainment system (S version only).

Colors: made to order
Year: 2016


  • 2016 – Red Dot Design Award – Category: Vehicle and Vehicles accessories – Best of the Best

The people:

Product Designer: Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A., – Headquarters, Bologna, Italy
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Ducati
Images: © Ducati


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