At a special event in Milan ahead of the EICMA 2018, Ducati has unveiled the new Diavel 1260 and 1260 S variants. The new version of the power cruiser has significant upgrades to offer a better combination of a street figther and a cruiser.
The most significant update comes in the form of the 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT engine which is borrowed from the XDiavel. On board the new Diavel 1260, the motor produces 157 PS and 129 Nm of torque. Thanks to the added performance, the bike has opted for a chain drive instead of the XDiavel’s belt drive.
The motorcycle also employs a new shorter trellis frame with slightly different geometry and a new aluminium swing arm. The ergonomics, Diavel’s USP, has been retained without much changes. The Diavel 1260 S boasts of a fully adjustable Ohlins inverted telescopic front fork.
The S variant also features upgraded Brembo brakes with M50 calipers (the standard variant uses M4.32 units). This variant is equipped with Ducati Quick Shift (DQS) system. Other salient features of the new Ducati Diavel 1260 S are LED headlight with DRL, Ducati Multimedia System, machine finished wheels, and a special seat.
The new Diavel family comes with standard Ducati Link app which allows the user to adjust the settings of IMU-enabled Ducati Electronic Package via a smartphone. The app can control the ABS, traction control, and ride mode settings in addition to recording riding routes with speed data.
Visually, the new Diavel 1260 family gets a leaner and meaner bodywork. The headlamp, cowl, fuel tank extensions, stubby exhaust canisters, and radiator shrouds with integrated front indicators are all new. The S variant is identified by means of contrast red trellis frame and new color themes (Thrilling Black and Dark Stealth).
The new Ducati Diavel 1260 and 1260 S are expected to go on sale sometime in early 2019. Pricing is expected to be unveiled closer to the market launch. India launch will take place early next year.