This is the first official image of the Ducati Diavel, published moments ago on Ducati’s Facebook page. What’s it show us? Not much more than we’ve already seen; that’s a 240-section rear tire, a red steel trellis frame, vertical LED taillights, cast handlebars and a digital dash. There’s also specs: 207kg/456lbs to start with.
Feeling bad to the bone yet?
Update: now with high-res image.
Ducati says the Diavel name, Bolognese for “devil” and pronounced “Dee-ah-vel,” came from something an engineer exclaimed when he saw that handling-destroying rear tire. “Ignurànt comm’ al diavel!” goes the legend.
Ducati isn’t quoting an official power figure yet, but the Testastretta 11° engine produces 150bhp and 87.5lb/ft in the Multistrada. ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes are listed as technical features.
These specs make the Diavel look pretty impressive, for a cruiser. Sure, it’s 50bhp down on the Yamaha VMAX, but it also weighs 108kg/238lbs less. That actually gives it a significantly better power-to-weight ratio: .72:1 (bhp:kg) for the Ducati, .63:1 for the VMAX.
Every photo of the Diavel that exists is included in the gallery below, including a larger version of the top image. Want more info? Hit our Ducati Diavel tag page.