2011 Ducati Diavel Breaks Cover at EICMA

11/01/2010 @ 7:16 am, by Jensen Beeler13 COMMENTS

The 2011 Ducati Diavel has leaked ahead of its debut in a few hours at EICMA, showing us the final lines of Ducati’s performance cruiser. Performance is the key word here with the Ducati Diavel boasting features like: 162hp Testastretta 11º engine, 94 lbs•ft of torque, 456lbs (carbon) / 463lbs (base), radial brakes, ABS, traction control, ride-by-wire, and three riding modes. Other features include keyless ignition (as found on the Multistrada 1200), a split dash (as we revealed earlier), fold-up passenger pegs, and a carbon version of the Diavel (aptly named the Diavel Carbon) which sheds 7lbs of weight over the base model by adding carbon fiber body panels and forged Marchesini rims.

Looking at the Diavel, the bike’s 240mm wide rear tire is immediately apparent, and will likely draw the ire of many loyal Ducatisti. Ducati however says that they have been able to make the 240mm tire work on the bike, providing the expected handling characteristics of a Ducati, while incorporating the style and design of a drag-ready performance cruiser.

Merging the worlds of power and style has never been achieved with such convincing precision. A specially engineered 240 section rear tyre combined with famous Ducati chassis technology serves up mind-blowing handling and lean angles which defy the laws of physics, whether carving through curves on your favourite road or just riding out for a night on the town.

The Ducati Diavel Carbon comes in either “red carbon” or “black carbon”, referring to the color of the paint on the trellis frame. Both versions of the Diavel Carbon will have black forged Marchesini wheels, which shed 5.5lbs off the Ducati Diavel’s base mass. The Carbon will also get Marzocchi forks, whose low-friction diamond-like-coating adds even more blackout to the hotness.

Both bikes will get the full Ducati electronics package, which includes Ducati Traction Control (DTC), anti-lock brakes (ABS), rider-by-wire throttle control, keyless ignition, and rider-selectable riding modes. New for Ducati is the split instrument panel, which sees an instrument panel mounted on the handlebars, and another mounted on the fuel tank. The handlebar mounted instrument cluster presents your standard information like speed, revs, warning lights, temperature, and time.

The tank-mounted TFT display shows bike information such as the current riding mode, gear selection, DTC settings, etc. The TFT display senses the ambient light and choses whether or not to invert the display coloring to aid in daytime/nighttime reading. When stationary the secondary display also handles tuning the traction control and ride-by-wirse settings.

Also new for Ducati are the laterally mounted radiators. Helping keep the front profile of the Ducati Diavel clean, the Bologna company used two highly efficient lateral radiators on both sides of the bike. Located beneath the fuel tank, the lateral radiators use aerodynamical ducts to draw air through the radiator fins, and have high-flow electric fans when more cooling is required.

Expect pricing to start at $16,995 for the Ducati Diavel, and $19,995 for the Ducati Diavel Carbon.

Source: Autopia (Press Photos) & Italia Bike Center (Phone Photos)

  • rrse

    and I thought Harleys were ugly, thats Italian ugly

  • Keith

    heh and worse yet it looks like a Vrod and a V Max spent a drunken weekend in Tiajuanna and this was the love child. Not ugly as such…but only bit nicer looking than the parents. Oh well, never was one for cruisers and I only care how the dash looks as the road approaches it, 3 seconds ahead.

  • Rick Higgins

    I certainly like the bikes looks, it’s just like my VMax and maybe as quick.

  • wayne

    Oh, the horror…

  • gnmac

    Thank God Ducati got Rossi, that’s about the only thing that will forgive for this lack of judgement and taste.

  • Sean

    At least MV made a cool bike this year…

    If Ducati wins it’s annual most beautiful bike of EIMCA or whatever, I cry fowl! Kinda like how dictators win elections.

  • irksome

    If I met one at a party, I’d have to say “Y’know, for a fat chick you don’t sweat much”.

  • CBR600RR 09

    That is one awesome sexy cruiser. I am a supersport man but I would ride that!

  • Ades

    You know what they say……Fat Girls go harder……..

    Personally I like the look (except the awful headlight) but I can see the V-Rod/ V-Max influence in the lines. Maybe they called have called it the V-FAT????

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  • Joao

    I own a 2009 Vmax so I understand tha look. Probably I would expect something more from Ducati design studio, but nevertheless, it shall be a hell of a machine.

  • Jim

    If people like or dislike the Diavel is a question of taste. But it certainly stands out. Time will tell, if it was a smart move for Ducati to enter new segments (Diavel cruiser & Multistrada tourer).

    Ducati has understood that in order to grow in the future it will need to target mature riders with a strong bank balance. Although young riders dream of Ducati sports bikes, these are not the consumers who can afford them. Older riders (bar some exceptions) are not going to be won over by uncomfortable and impractical sports bikes.

    The AMG Mercedes partnership is a stepping stone in exactly that direction. The image transfer will benefit both brands. Ducati will attract existing AMG buyers with the Diavel and Multistrada, whereas Ducati riders will be tempted by entry level AMG models. Time will tell…

  • Laurence Benderhoff


    Yes, I’m sure it goes well etc but I want Ducati to know that I think it looks bloody awful. If this is the future then shoot me now.

    Rode a Monster 696 and hated it, was suspecting Ducati were losing their way, now I’m certain of it.

    What ever happened to that wonderful Italian blend of form AND function?

    Normally I wouldn’t comment negatively on a blog post, preferring to say nothing at all but Ducati have left me no choice.