In addition to the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro, the Scrambler Sixty2, and Ducati 959 Panigale that have debuted ahead of the EICMA show, we can also bring you the first photos of the Ducati XDiavel, the much-talked about belt-driven cruiser from Italy.
A lot of the Ducati XDiavel, and its higher-spec sibling the Ducati XDiavel S, is “what you see is what you get” and not really our cup of tea, to be honest. Though, the models represent an expansion of the Diavel line that is certainly intriguing and likely to bring more riders into the Ducati family.
Underneath all the cruiser styling is a potent and new 1,262cc engine, which has variable valve timing and makes a healthy 156hp and 96 lbs•ft of torque.
For those who like to race street light to street light, the “DPL” or “Ducati Power Launch” feature should help get all that power down to the road, for when it comes time to embarrass some wannabe drag racers.
Some good news from the aesthetics department, the XDiavel engine has all its water-routing done internally, which means there are no ugly hoses to look at on the machine. Then there are the XDiavel’s feet-forward controls, which you will either love or hate.