According to users on Diavel-Forum.com, Ducati dealers have been telling customers to get ready for an updated version of the Ducati Diavel, which should break cover Monday, March 3rd.
The surprise unveiling for the 2014 model year will see the Ducati Diavel get a host of improvements, most notable the dual-spark Testastretta 11° DS motor. Other updates are said to include a revised headlight, new exhaust, indicators, and side panels.
If the reports turn out to be true, we should see the Diavel get a modest power boost from the Testastretta 11° DS engine (likely only in the mid-range, as was seen on the Multistrada 1200).
Expect a small premium for the model over the standard Diavel, with three trim levels being available, including a “Dark” base model and a high-end “Carbon” model.
Presumably the update to the Diavel comes about because of the release Monster 1200, as Ducati always pitched the Diavel as a more extreme version of the Monster line — the name “Mega Monster” was reportedly kicked around for a while as the name for the motorcycle.
Accounting for nearly 20% of Ducati’s sales, the Italian company has a huge interest in keeping the Diavel line fresh and relevant for customers. We called the Diavel Ducati’s deal with the Devil, as it pushed the brand farther away from its superbike roots, and in the hopes of bringing typically non-Ducati riders into the Bologna Brand.
Several years later now, we can see that the plan worked, with Ducati’s power cruiser bringing in a slew of new Ducatisti. Will this second-generation model continue the trend? We have only a few more days to wait.