SHOULD YOU SPLASH EXTRA CASH ON THE XDIAVEL S?
Ducati’s 1262cc space-age belt-drive super-cruiser comes in two guises, the entry-level £15,795 Xdiavel and the range-topping Xdiavel S at £18,395. I’m running the S as a long-term test bike this year, but at first glance both look remarkably similar, which raises the question: is the Xdiavel S worth the extra £2600?
Both share the snorting 156bhp Desmodromic Variable Timing twin, generating a tarmac-wrinkling 95ftlb at just 5000rpm. But whereas the base model’s swingarm hides beneath black paint, the S blings out in brushed anodised aluminium. It’s a theme that’s shared with the engine too: the standard Xdiavel’s motor is blacked out, while the S gets chrome-detailed belt covers.
The other stand-out difference is the Xdiavel S’s superbike-spec Brembo M50 calipers, exactly the same as those fitted to the Panigale. These titanium-finished aluminium monoblocs look stunning, but there’s little discernible performance difference compared to the Xdiavel’s less flash Brembo M3 monoblocs and both are backed up with Bosch’s cuttingedge cornering ABS system.
In fact both share the electronic rider aids package that offers three rider modes, three-stage launch control, hands-free ignition, and full- colour dash featuring three choices of display.
But for me it’s the S’s 12-spoke wheels really make a difference. They’re the same size as the base model’s, but because the spokes run all the way out to the rim they look much bigger. Purchased separately these wheels cost £2563, and if you throw in the S model’s chrome-detailed cambelt covers (£170), it takes the running total up to £2733. That means if you buy the S model you’re effectively getting those stunning Brembo M50 calipers, Bluetooth connectivity and extra styling trinkets absolutely free! Got an Xdiavel? Email emma. firstname.lastname@example.org