The gentleman and the bastard – the XDiavel, is Ducati’s modern interpretation of a crossover between a long distance cruiser and the ultimate performance motorcycle. It has finally arrived on Indian shores priced at Rs 15.87 lakh (ex-Delhi)
Ducati has had a proper presence in India after the Volkswagen takeover. The Italian manufacturer is determined to offer its Indian patrons the best of Bologna. With the recent launch of the 959 Panigale, It is no surprise that the Ducati XDiavel has arrived in India just a few months later.
Ducati has always been known for their exotic and radical designs, but the 2016 XDiavel is taking things to a whole new dimension! The XDiavel at its heart is pure Evil and Lust. It is low, long and supremely muscular in its stance. The frame is modern and compact, but is unmistakably a Ducati Trellis frame and retains that familiar Monster DNA. The silver plating on the engine cover, the minimalistic sculpted tank, the demonic twin tail lamps, stubby side exhausts and the flat LED illuminated headlamps gives the XDiavel an aura that is bespoke and almost satanic in nature.
The XDiavel represents what Ducati claims, the merging of two worlds – that of a low-speed relaxed Cruiser and of a true Ducati; the embodiment of Italian style, technical sophistication and ultra-high performance.
At the heart of the XDiavel is Ducati’s brand new Euro 4 approved Testastretta DVT 1262cc L-twin motor. The Testastretta churns out a diabolical 156 HP and 130 NM of torque. What makes this motor special though, is the fact that most of its torque is available at as early as 2100rpm and it maintains an almost ideal torque curve making the XDiavel a very tractable motorcycle indeed.
The XDiavel is also the first Ducati to use a final belt drive, rather than a conventional chain. Following the principles of the cruiser world, the belt promises a fluid response to opening throttle and lower noise levels along with reduced maintenance.The new exhaust is a two in one unit that provides a magnificent soundtrack to this Devilish motorcycle, adding sheer theatre to its already dominating personality. The bike also features Ducati’s sophisticated Ride-by-Wire throttle.
On the electronics front, the XDiavel packs the Ducati Traction control, which works in real-time, intervening in milliseconds to control rear wheel-spin, contributing to increased performance and safety for both track and road use. The XDiavel runs on a conventional front tyre sized at 120/70 ZR17 while the rear tyre is a mammoth 240/45 ZR17. The larger rear tyre uses a double compound rubber, which increases its grip during extreme cornering, while maximising contact area with any lean angle.
The XDiavel will be priced at Rs 15.87 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the top of the line XDiavel S would be Rs 18.47 Lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The XDiavel doesn’t however replace its cousin the Diavel but rather would co-exist just like the International market. Depending on whether you want the aggressive full package or the relaxed cruiser, Ducati have got you covered. The XDiavel competes for supremacy against the Triumph Rocket 3, the Harley Davidson VRod and the Yamaha Vmax on Indian shores. Stay tuned for a full review of this gorgeous motorcycle.