New limited Edition Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini revealed

 

Given that Ducati has been part of the same sub-section of Volkswagen as its near neighbour Lamborghini ever since 2012 it’s surprising that we haven’t seen much collaboration between the two firms. Now they’re making up for lost time with the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini – a limited-production exotic that takes its cues from Lambo’s most powerful road car yet.

We knew this bike was coming as its name appeared on homologation documents back in July, but until now it’s been unclear how the two firms’ tie-in would be presented.

The muddy green paint – or Verde Gea, to give it its official name – might not be the sort of eye-searing colour that Lamborghini is famed for but it’s the launch hue of the firm’s Siàn FKP 37, an 808hp hybrid that will be limited to just 63 examples in tribute to Lamborghini’s foundation in 1963.

The Diavel 1260 Lamborghini that would sit so neatly next to the Siàn FKP 37 in any billionaire’s collection also bears the number ‘63’ on the side but isn’t quite as exclusive as its four-wheeled friend, with 630 due to roll off the production line.

 

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Paint aside, what does a Lambo-inspired Diavel include? The answer is a lot of cosmetic updates but very little in terms of technical improvements.

Visually, the wheels are the most instantly-recognisable aspect of the bike. Forged from aluminium, they’re designed to match the Lamborghini’s and finished in the same ‘Electrum Gold’ colour with machined aluminium edges to the spokes. Delve a little deeper, though, and it becomes clear that the Diavel Lamborgini is more than just a set of rims.

Look at the air intakes either side of the tank. As well as being carbon-fibre on the Diavel Lamborgini, they’re reshaped to mimic the car’s side inlets, and there’s similar attention to detail on the radiator cowls. The carbon bellypan, mudguards and seat cowl are also new additions for the Diavel Lamborghini.

The exhaust’s carbon-fibre end can finisher is also a Lamborghini tribute, with a hexagonal theme that’s common to many of the firm’s cars, while the seat gets tiny ‘Y’ shaped indentations, reflecting another common Lambo styling feature.

 

 

Technically, the bike doesn’t offer much that you won’t find on a normal Diavel 1260 S. The carbon parts allied to those forged wheels that replace the normal S’s cast alloys help save 1kg in weight – taking it to 220kg dry or 246kg ready to ride – but other than that it’s business as usual. That means Ohlins suspension front and rear, Brembo Monobloc brakes (the only Ducati Red part of the bike) and a host of electronic safety nets including cornering ABS, traction control, launch control, wheelie control and cruise control, all backed up by the six-axis inertial measurement unit that constantly tells the bike’s angle, acceleration and attitude.

One final Lamborgini touch comes with the instrument panel. It’s the same TFT display you’ll find on any current Diavel 1260, but on start-up it displays the Lamborghini logo alongside the Ducati one, followed by a side-view of the Diavel 1260 Lamborghini itself, just in case you forgot what you’re riding. A specially-designed helmet in matching colours is also set to be available as an option.

How much for a Diavel Lamborghini? That'll be £27,795 to have a suitably Lamborghini-esque tag, that’s significantly higher than the £20,195 asked for the Diavel 1260 S. We expect that matching helmet is extra.

 

Full Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini Spec

ENGINE

 

ENGINE

Testastretta DVT 1262, V2 - 90°, 4 valves per cylinder, Desmodromic Variable Timing, Dual Spark, liquid cooled

DISPLACEMENT

1,262 cc (77.0 cu in)

BORE X STROKE

106 mm x 71.5 mm

COMPRESSION RATIO

13.0:1

POWER

162 hp (119 kW) @ 9,500 rpm

TORQUE

13.2 kgm (129 Nm, 95 lb ft) @ 7,500 rpm

FUEL INJECTION

Electronic fuel injection system, Øeq 56 mm elliptical throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system

EXHAUST

Stainless steel muffler, catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes

TRANSMISSION

 

GEARBOX

6 speed

PRIMARY DRIVE

Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1

RATIO

1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25

FINAL DRIVE

Chain, front sprocket z15, rear sprocket z43

CLUTCH

Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control

CHASSIS

 

FRAME

Tubular steel trellis frame

FRONT SUSPENSION

Öhlins fully adjustable Ø 48 mm usd fork with TiN treatment

FRONT WHEEL

Light alloy, forged and machined, 3.5"x17"

FRONT TYRE

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 120/70 ZR17

REAR SUSPENSION

Öhlins fully adjustable monoshock, single-sided aluminium cast swingarm

REAR WHEEL

Light alloy, forged and machined, 8.0" x 17"

REAR TYRE

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III 240/45 ZR17

WHEEL TRAVEL (FRONT/REAR

120 mm / 130 mm (4.7 in / 5.1 in)

FRONT BRAKE

2 x Ø 320 mm semifloating discs, radial mounted Brembo monobloc 4-piston M50 callipers, PR16/19 radial master cylinder, Cornering ABS

REAR BRAKE

Ø 265 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating calliper, Cornering ABS

INSTRUMENTATION

3.5" TFT colour display and dedicated warning light display

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

 

DRY WEGHT

220 kg (485 lb)

KERB WEIGHT

246 kg (542 lb)

SEAT HEIGHT

780 mm (30.7 in)

WHEELBASE

1,600 mm (63.0 in)

RAKE

27°

TRAIL

120 mm (4.7 in)

FUEL TANK CAPACITY

17 l (4.5 US gal)

NUMBER OF SEATS

2

EQUIPAGGIAMENTO

 

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Riding Modes, Power Modes, Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control, Ducati Wheelie Control, full-LED lighting system, Daytime Running Light

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, Ducati Power Launch, cruise control, hands-free, backlit handlebar switches, 3.5" TFT colour display, Ducati Quick Shift, Ducati Multimedia System, carbon fibre parts, red front brake callipers, forged rims

READY FOR

 

WARRANTY AND MAINTENANCE

 

WARRANTY

24 months, unlimited mileage

MAINTENANCE

15,000 km (9,000 mi) / 12 months

VALVE CLEARANCE CHECK

30,000 km (18,000 mi)

EMISSIONS AND CONSUMPTION

 

STANDARD

Euro 5

CO2 EMISSIONS

129 g/km

CONSUMPTION

5.5 l/100 km

 

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