Ducati unveil limited edition Diavel Diesel

Paul Taylor
By Paul Taylor
platinum_paul ex-BikeSocial Production Editor turned freelancer. Worked in bike industry for 15 years, gets fatter and slower every year. Unhealthy obsession with Honda C90s, top boxes and small bikes.
Ducati Diavel Diesel

Ducati has unveiled a limited edition Diavel Diesel, to go on sale from April.

The Diavel Diesel is nothing like a Mondeo diesel or even an Astra diesel, rather it’s a collaboration between the Bologna manufacturer and Italian fashion house Diesel, who have added their trendy touch to the brawny 162bhp power cruiser.

Just 666 Diavel Diesels will be made (Diavel being the Italian for devil, and all that… geddit?) and is a collaboration between Andrea Rosso, Creative Director of Diesel Licences, and the Ducati Design Center (sic). To create the Ducati Diavel Diesel, the two style centres were inspired by ‘a hyperkinetic dynamism of a post-apocalyptic, retro-futuristic world’ according to the press release. I'm not quite sure exactly what that means, but who are we to disagree?

Diesel has a long association with motorcycling, with CEO Renzo Rosso being a lifelong bike fan. The company sponsored both Ducati and the Superbike World Championship in the early Nineties and, five years ago, collaborated with Ducati to produce a special edition Monster 1100.

The Ducati Diavel Diesel features a cool hand-brushed stainless steel exoskeleton with industrial style visible welding and rivets. The saddle, made of real leather, is unique to the Diavel Diesel, while another distinguishing feature are the Diesel branded red lateral air intake covers. Red is also the colour of the Brembo front brake calipers, five of the chain links and the LCD dashboard. The exhaust system is another work of art, with black Zircotec ceramic coating and machined ends on the silencers, while the machined-from-solid mirrors are unique to the Diavel Diesel. Overall, it’s a brutal and aggressive looking machine that’s going to stand out in any bike park.

Mechanically the bike remains the same as the standard model, meaning it’s powered by the 162bhp Testastretta 11° DS engine combined with the Ducati Safety Pack (ABS and Ducati Traction Control) and riding modes which Ducati claims 'offer a riding experience that’s thrilling and at the same time safe and intuitive'.

No word on the prices, but with the standard bike starting at £15,495 it ain’t going to be cheap. If that sounds like it’s too rich for you, the two companies have also collaborated of a fashion range consisting of a leather jacket, jeans and some T-shirts.

Find out more at: Diaveldiesel.ducati.com

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