Ducati Diavel gets sharp for 2019
Ducati’s bruiser becomes less of a cruiser for 2019
The Diavel has always been a handsome devil, but its traits of superbike performance married to cruiser styling have always been slightly uneasy bedfellows. For 2019, though, this second generation version gets not only the 1262 variable valve-timing Testastretta powertrain but also some design changes intended to give a bit more ‘street-naked’ aggression.
The result looks more upright, cleaner, and less cruiser-like while the new engine means there’s no more snaking exhausts up the bike’s right side which helps it look less fussy and more menacing. There’s also a slimmer frontal area, the mid-section is now more clearly dominated by that huge V-twin and new 14-spoke rims (10 on the S) help give a cleaner, classier aesthetic.
The rear-end is still dominated by the stubby seat unit, complete with retractable pillion grab rail, and the ridiculous 240-section rear tyre that should impede cornering fun, but doesn’t. And, with 157bhp and 95ftlb torque on tap, there’s plenty of oomph.
The stock Diavel gets a fullyadjustable 48mm fork and preload/ rebound adjustable shock, plus Brembo M4.32 radial calipers up front.
A Bosch six-axis IMU means the new Diavel gets the latest in Ducati electronics, as well: cornering ABS EVO, plus traction, wheelie, launch and cruise control. It’s also multimedia-ready, with DMS available as an option. A two-way quickshifter is also an option, while both versions offer keyless ignition.
Second-gen Diavel gets new engine, electronics and more refined, ‘street’ look S model gets LED headlight, Öhlins suspension, and more