Mercedes-Benz and Ducati continue to circle each other, as the two iconic brands hammer out the details of how an Italian motorcycle company would fit inside a German automobile manufacturer. While the bean-counters and pencil-pushers get that shotgun marriage’s pre-nup arranged, we get to see interesting co-branding “partnerships” like this: the Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition. While we’ve seen plenty of AMG-tuned cars in Ducati adverts, events, and press materials, this is the first time the sacred three-letter name has graced the haul of one of Bologna’s steads.
Based on the Ducati Diavel Carbon, the Diavel AMG Special Edition features AMG’s signature 5-spoke wheel set (replacing the wheels a certain Roland Sands designed). Other highlights include carbon fiber radiator grills, an AMG-styled exhaust system (very nice, very nice indeed), and a ribbed Alcantara seat. A special edition run from Ducati would of course not be complete without a numbering plaque (no word yet on how high that number will count though), which will be affixed to the gas tank.
The Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition comes only in matte black carbon fiber bodywork, and has AMG’s “Diamond White Bright” paint striping on the fuel tank, and color-matching frame accents. The special edition wheels, seat, and exhaust end-caps are all AMG branded (natch), while “AMG” is also laser-engraved into the air-duct panels that are on either side of the fuel tank. Expect to see a special AMG branded leather jacket and helmet also become available. Orders will be taken at the bike’s first public showing at the Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany.