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The shape of power and style

The Ducati Diavel was first introduced to an excited public at the 2010 Milan International Motorcycle Show
and since gone on to amaze motorcyclists the world over, collecting awards along the way and becoming
one of Ducati’s top selling models.

Custom shop beauty, state-of-the-art technology, innovative design and extraordinary riding pleasure are
masterfully blended into the Diavel, a motorcycle that has now set a new benchmark in the sport cruiser
segment, just reward for the innovative designers and engineers that created it.

Built to have a commanding presence, though lightweight and agile like all Ducatis, the Diavel takes the
man-motorcycle relationship to the next level in absolute comfort. For connoisseurs of technology, ABS,
Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes deliver a confidence-inspiring sophistication while stunning
looks, 162hp and 207kg (456lb) of authentic Ducati performance drives a comfortable sport lifestyle that
could only be dreamt of before.

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 ground-breaking Ducati is now available in four exciting versions. The standard Diavel, and the Diavel
Carbon with a character-forming mix of aesthetic and performance components now stand alongside the
brand new and stunning Diavel Cromo and the exclusive Diavel AMG Special Edition.


Basic instincts

The Diavel project was born when Ducati designers applied their wish-list of bike “basic instincts” to a blank
canvas. With a “what if?” approach to creating a dream bike, they sketched inspiring shapes which became
a lower and longer motorcycle.

“The challenge of building a muscular silhouette over a pure-bred competition motor had to be met with
determination and a delicate touch, and the result is a frontal area that looks like a power athlete on the
starting blocks,” explained the team at Ducati Design responsible for the project. “With the front wheel kept
close to the Diavel’s body and using the short tail of a sport bike, we were able to blend this muscular design
with a chassis that matched.”

If the stance of a Streetfigher is that of “anger,” the stance of the Diavel is of readiness, dominance, and
confidence bordering on superiority. With lateral radiators adding muscle to its broad “shoulders,” which then
taper down across the engine and into the belly-fairing with oil cooler, the athlete took shape.

A massive 240 section rear tyre was a perfect example of how Diavel designers used a no-compromise
attitude when applying their wish list of features. The sheer width of rubber communicates so much power
and style that the R&D team vowed to find a way to make it handle - even if they knew the image would
send a seismic shock through the industry.

Ducati’s philosophy for innovation has always been to push the boundaries of design in the name of exciting
motorcycles. Sometimes “gut feelings” are what count, and having the strength to commit to them shows the
kind of bravery that has guided Ducati to World Championships. The Diavel is a true Ducati, born from a
passion for motorcycling and designed to deliver authentic Ducati performance in every respect.


The name “Diavel” was inspired by the Bolognese dialect word for “devil”. One day, early in the
development process of the bike, the first prototype was assembled and wheeled out in front of a group of
Ducati engineers and technicians who were viewing the complete motorcycle for the first time. One person
looking from the rear of the bike saw its silhouette and exclaimed in Bolognese dialect: “Ignurànt comm’ al
diavel!” Which means: “Evil, just like the devil!”

Reminiscent of how the “Monster” was named almost 20 years before, the Diavel now follows the same
Bolognese tradition, shaping the future of motorcycling while staying faithful to its heritage.

Rider and passenger comfort

The Diavel’s twin-level seat is wide, comfortable and beautifully shaped to fit the flowing lines of the machine
and at 770mm (30.3in), has one of the lowest seat heights in the Ducati range. That low seating position, in
addition to a low slung chassis set-up that weighs in at just 210kg (463lb) - 207kg (456lb) for the Diavel
Carbon - enables the rider to get both feet on the ground for a sure-footed and confident stance. The seat
also comes with a beautifully shaped and easily removable single seat cover, which is formed in carbon fibre
on the Diavel Carbon.

Passengers on the Diavel will appreciate the way the slender passenger footpegs ingeniously fold down
from the rear sub-frame as well as the innovative, T-bar shaped grab-rail assembly, which slides out from
the rear of the seat. Deployed from a mechanism under the seat, the grab-rail provides a comfortable and
confidence-inspiring grip for the passenger, while the shape perfectly blends into the lines of the tail-piece
when retracted. Both passenger-friendly features are crafted in forged aluminium and shot-peened for
strength and uniform finish before being black anodised to become almost invisible when folded away.


The Diavel uses two clear vertical strips of LED lighting to provide tail and brake light illumination as well as
directional indicators. The strips follow the precise line of the under-seat panelling, providing great visibility
of the rear-end while keeping the external lines of the bike clean. The front directional indicators are clear
lens LED strips mounted vertically down the leading edge of the lateral radiator covers.

The headlamp gives the Diavel immediate Ducati identity and is supported by an aluminium outer body. The
light uses high and low beam double reflectors to illuminate the road ahead, in addition to incorporating a
horizontal strip of LED positioning lights for optimum visibility.

Innovative number plate mount

Employing the double strip of multi-functional LEDs for the rear lighting of the Diavel required an innovative
solution for the mounting of the number plate. The unique design uses mounts on the rear hub of the singlesided swingarm to extend an elegant and Ducati signature Trellis framework around the 240 section rear tyre, enabling a central mounting of the plate. The framework carries a hidden power feed to dedicated LED illumination for the number plate, eliminating any reliance on the main rear lights and creating a clean
feature around the rear of the seat. This design solution represents the first of its kind and an example of the
incredible attention to the Diavel’s detail.

Fuel tank and air Intakes

The Diavel’s 17l (4.5 gal US) fuel tank represents an integral part of the bike’s overall styling. Its wide, long
lines sweep down from the headlamp assembly into the seat and rear sub-frame to create a seamless
profile. While the focal point of the tank is the high resolution display panel, the steel tank skin and wellsculpted knee panels add a solid feel to the Diavel and a high tech composite look to the Diavel Carbon.
On each side of the front of the tank are massive air intakes formed in aluminium to feed the engine’s large
airbox. Their design is completely functional and contributes to the 162hp produced by the Diavel
Testastretta 11° power plant.


The Diavel handlebar shape and arrangement leaves the rider feeling comfortable and in command. Wide,
tapered section aluminium bars with new custom designed, integral brake and clutch master-cylinders by
Brembo complete with milled reservoir tops, provide a clean and minimalist set-up, while stylish, forged aluminium supported mirrors deliver a generous view to the rear.

Switchgear control uses Ducati’s minimalistic design with slim-line bodies housing easy-to-use switches and
buttons and a unique weapons-like “trigger catch” that slides down to cover the starter button when
activating the kill-switch. While the indicator cancel button doubles as a scroll-and-select for fast and easy
Riding Mode changes, switches above and below serve to navigate the high-resolution display control


The Diavel comes in traditional Ducati red with red frame and diamond black with black frame. Both Diavel
schemes are set against black wheels. The Diavel Carbon comes in stunning “red carbon” (gloss red over
matte carbon weave) with red frame or “black carbon” (both gloss and matte carbon weave) with black
frame. Both Diavel Carbon schemes roll on black wheels, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminium
below. The Diavel Cromo is finished in gloss black with contrasting silver pin-stripe, chrome-finished tank
panels and polished aluminium headlamp lower. The Diavel AMG Special Edition is dressed in matte black
carbon fibre bodywork with AMG’s very own “Diamond White Bright” stripe and frame colour contrasted with black wheels.


Diavel Testastretta 11° - ready for sport and cruise

The heart of the Diavel is the Ducati Testastretta 11°, which harnesses the 1198’s immense power and
makes it smooth and adaptable, a massive step forward in balancing high-performance with an enjoyable

With its 162hp and colossal 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) of torque, the Diavel Testastretta 11° engine is all about
authentic Ducati Desmodromic performance. The revised intake and exhaust ports combined with radical
adjustment of the cam timing have enabled Ducati to achieve a fantastic torque curve at low rpm, which
remains strong through a wider rev-range. The increase in bottom-end torque is managed by Ducati’s Rideby- Wire (RbW) system to considerably enhance the Diavel’s effortless ridability, while ensuring plenty of power remains on tap for high-rpm riding.

For an engine with brute power on tap when needed and smooth, user-friendliness available for an effortless
and comfortable ride, Ducati revised the configuration of the cam timing with particular focus on the valve
overlap angle. The overlap angle is defined as the interval of crankshaft rotation, measured in degrees,
during which both the intake and exhaust valves are open at the same time. This overlap occurs between
the end of the exhaust stroke and the start of the intake stroke. High performance engines, which are
subject to compromising smoothness for extreme power delivery, use high values of this parameter in order
to benefit from the pressure waves to improve engine performance by maximising volumetric efficiency.
On the Testastretta 11° engine, this angle has been reduced from 41°, used in the Testastretta Evoluzione
engine which powered the 1198 Superbike, and as a result, the fresh inlet charge flow is less compromised
by the exiting exhaust gases, resulting in a much smoother combustion in addition to improved fuel
economy and lower exhaust emissions.

The massive 58mm (2.28in) section exhaust headers lead the 2-1-2 system through power-enhancing equal
lengths that enable the Diavel’s efficient power delivery. The engine management system dedicates a
lambda probe to each header, providing precise fueling via a large airbox, while the stylish cannon-style,
vertically stacked silencers carry catalytic converters to provide Euro 3 conformity and electronically
controlled mid-section valve optimises exhaust pressures throughout the rev-range.

Twin lateral radiators - positioned on either side of the bike - cool the Diavel Testastretta 11° engine. This
unique feature combines with a new 64mm water pump impeller to increase flow rate by 35% at high rpm,
enabling highly efficient cooling from the stylish air ducts.

The Diavel’s gearbox uses high-strength materials to manage the increased power output and enhanced
grip generated by the 240 section rear tyre, which also requires the use of a 16mm longer gearbox output
shaft for drive chain routing.

The transmission features an oil bath clutch with “slipper” function and super-light feel at the lever. Its design
uses a progressive self-servo mechanism that presses the plates together when under drive from the
engine, enabling the reduction of the clutch spring rates. This results in a much lighter clutch lever at the
handlebar, ideal in stop-start traffic or during long journeys. When the drive force is reversed (over-run), the
same mechanism reduces the pressure on the clutch plates, enabling them to provide a race-like “slipper”
action, which reduces the destabilizing effect of the rear-end under aggressive down-shifting and provides a
much smoother feeling when closing the throttle or down-shifting under normal riding conditions. The
Diavel’s clutch and alternator covers are specially styled with enhanced detail and shaping and the cam belt
covers with an aluminium mid-section.

24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles) between major services

Constant investment in quality by design, advanced materials and engineering techniques have enabled the
distance between major service intervals (valve clearance check) to be increased to a highly competitive
24,000 kilometres (15,000 miles). This has been achieved with the introduction of new valve seat materials,
improved combustion efficiency and temperature management designed into the Testastretta 11° engine.


Frame assembly

The Ducati Trellis frame uses large diameter, light gauge tubing with two lateral die-cast aluminium sections
that flow into the rear subframe. This achieves massive torsional rigidity while remaining lightweight and
compact. The two sections form a rear-end structure by attaching onto either side of a complex technopolymer component. The long, die-cast aluminium, single-sided swingarm provides great “feel” at the rearend with a wheelbase of 1590mm (62.6in) and a stance that provides lean angles of up to 41°.


The Diavel uses black-bodied 50mm Marzocchi front forks, fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression
and rebound damping. They are gripped by a slash-cut triple-clamp - cast aluminium for the lower and
forged for the upper - with a rubber-mounted riser to tapered alloy bars. With a rake of 28°, trail of 130mm
(5.12in) and an offset of 24mm (0.945in), the set-up provides a sure-footed and agile front-end for incredible handling and 70° of total steering lock for maximum manoeuvrability. The Diavel Carbon uses the same suspension as the Diavel, but with fork sliders black-finished in super low-friction diamond-like carbon

Both versions of the Diavel have a Sachs rear suspension unit slung low under the chassis in a horizontal
position, operated by a progressive pull-rod linkage from the swingarm. Adjustable in compression and
rebound damping, the unit uses a handy control for easy spring pre-load adjustment.

Wheels and tyres

The Diavel rolls on stunning, custom 14-spoke wheels with machine-finished detailing. The front rim is
3.5x17, while the rear, which is “flow-formed” for enhanced structure and lightness, boasts a massive 8x17
rim. The Diavel Carbon has custom shop-finished, lightweight, forged, turned and milled rims by Marchesini
that not only score an impressive total weight saving of 5.5lb (2.5kg), but also look spectacular. These highly
intricate nine-spoke wheels highlight the delicate machining in natural aluminium set against a black finish.

Ducati’s technical partner, Pirelli, worked with the Diavel’s designers and engineers to develop the incredible
Diablo Rosso II tyres. While the front uses a conventional 120/70x17 section with a tread pattern designed
for enhanced wet weather performance, the 240/45x17 rear represents the latest innovation in tyre design
with a sport-oriented profile being applied to custom-style width.

The massive rear employs bi-compound technology to enable high grip levels at full lean angle while
providing high mileage and uses Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) to maximise the contact patch at all
angles. The tread pattern and compounds deliver great performance in all conditions, especially the wet.
This new design of tyre enabled Ducati to achieve the style they had envisioned for the Diavel without
compromising the authentic Ducati performance of the chassis. This partnership of parallel development
between chassis and tyre design has contributed massively to Ducati “changing the rules” in this segment.

Braking system & ABS

The Diavel front brakes use Brembo’s incredibly powerful Monobloc callipers, which deliver outstanding
performance actuated by new integral alloy master cylinders with unique shape reservoirs sporting milled
tops. The 4-piston, twin radially-mounted callipers grip 320mm discs, while a single 265mm disc on the rear
is gripped by a two piston calliper, also by Brembo. The Diavel Carbon uses specially milled aluminium disc
carriers which have natural aluminium coloured recesses machined around the weight saving cut-outs in
contrast to the carrier’s black finish around the centre. Typical of Ducati, these top-of-the-range components
provide outstanding levels of braking and set a new benchmark in this category.

The system is equipped with the latest, most compact, Ducati Bosch-Brembo ABS system as original
equipment on both versions, providing a major contribution towards performance control. Top Brembo
components combined with Bosch ABS, the special Diavel chassis configuration and Pirelli’s Enhanced
Patch Technology (EPT) result in a braking performance even greater than that of the awesome Ducati


Lateral radiators

The technical solution employed for keeping the frontal lines of the Diavel clean was to place two highly
efficient lateral radiators on both sides of the bike. These well-ducted units, located beneath the fuel tank,
use aerodynamics to help draw air flow through the radiators and are assisted by high-flow electric fans
when required. The design combines form and function to enhance the muscular shape of the bike.

Split-level instrumentation

Even the Diavel’s instrumentation is a masterpiece of cutting-edge technology. The upper LCD display is
mounted on the bar-riser and provides main information such as speed and rpm, in addition to warning
lights, time and temperature.

The lower, full colour Thin Film Transistor (TFT) display is styled into the fuel tank and provides an incredibly clear account of current Riding Mode, gear selection and DTC setting as well as total mileage and trips.

Used on mobile phones and computers, TFT technology is a variant of LCD and displays easy-to-read high
resolution graphics. The Diavel’s TFT display goes one step further by using the sensitivity of its surrounding
light to decide upon black or white background colour. When stationary, the lower display also doubles as
the latest user-friendly control panel to personalise DTC and RbW settings within each Riding Mode before

Hands-free ignition

The Diavel’s ignition is actuated by an electronic key in the rider’s pocket, which communicates with the
motorcycle when within a distance of approximately 2 metres (6.5ft). The motorcycle recognises the
dedicated key code and automatically enables the bike’s systems. Pressing the key-on switch then activates
all systems to “on” and the engine is ready to be started. The electronic key, which internally consists of a
radio circuit, externally doubles as a mechanical flip-key, required to open the seat and fuel tank cap. When
parking the motorcycle, an electronic lock can be actuated on the steering simply by applying full steeringlock
and pressing the ignition-off button a second time.


The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the Diavel’s twistgrip and engine, which
configures an ideal power response depending on the Riding Mode selected. The twistgrip no longer has a
throttle cable connected directly to the throttle body butterflies, but instead delivers a signal to a control unit,
which in turn operates the butterfly opening electronically. The RbW system uses three different mappings
to regulate the power delivery: 162hp with a sports-type delivery, 162hp with a progressive delivery suitable
for touring, and 100hp with progressive delivery for city use.

Riding Modes

The Diavel incorporates the very latest in innovative Ducati technologies, including the recently introduced
electronic Riding Modes. Selectable from the left-hand switchgear - even while riding - the choice of three
pre-set modes are programmed to instantly change the character of the Diavel. The three modes are
enabled by combining class-leading technologies such as Ride-by-Wire (RbW) and Ducati Traction Control

The RbW system administers different mappings to regulate power delivery by interpreting the rider’s throttle
input, while the world-beating DTC uses eight levels of system interaction to enhance control by reducing
rear wheel-spin under heavy acceleration. Although each mode has pre-set values of RbW and DTC, each
of these two elements can be finely adjusted within each of the three Riding Modes and saved to create a
personalised riding experience.


The Sport Riding Mode provides the Diavel rider with an adrenalin-fuelled 162hp ride and enables the rider
to have full-on throttle response for maximum acceleration. Ensuring the full Testastretta 11° experience, the
Sport mode also lowers the DTC system intervention to level 1 for riders who prefer their performance a little closer to the traction limit.


The Touring Riding Mode is also programmed to produce 162hp, however, with a smoother, more userfriendly power delivery. Rear end traction is enhanced by increasing DTC system intervention to level 3,
specifically intended for an enjoyable and relaxing ride ideal for long distance and ensuring maximum
comfort for both the rider and passenger.


As riding on city streets can require more attention to the surroundings than to throttle inputs, the Urban
Riding Mode instantly changes the Diavel to provide a manageable and confident ride. Power output is
reduced to 100hp and DTC is further enhanced to level 5 to provide a higher system intervention during the
most chaotic of stop-start traffic.

Ducati Traction Control

The racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between
the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and control rear wheelspin,
considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance. DTC is an integral part of the preprogrammed Riding Modes on the Ducati Diavel and enables riders to fully enjoy the power of the
Testastretta 11° engine.

The system offers eight levels of “sensitivity”, each programmed with an amount of rear wheel-spin
tolerance. These levels are in line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level
one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction for sport-oriented riders, while level eight uses
the most amount of interaction for complete confidence.

DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and
saved to suit the rider by accessing the new user-friendly set-up menu. A “default”option is available to
easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.


Performance combined with style

The 207kg (456lb) Diavel Carbon embodies the true nature of the Diavel concept, where performance
combines with style to celebrate Italian engineering at its best. Lightweight composites and milled aluminium
components meld the two worlds of sport and style with features that are both visually beautiful and
functionally high-performance.

The Diavel Carbon comes in stunning “red carbon” (gloss red over matte carbon) with red frame or “black
carbon” (both gloss and matte black carbon weave) with black frame. Both Diavel Carbon schemes roll on
black wheels, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminium below.

While carbon fibre is used for the tank panels, single-seat cover and front mudguard to reduce weight and
apply a race-like feature that runs deep in the DNA of Ducati, a low friction diamond-like carbon finish gives
the Marzocchi fork sliders a spectacular look as well as performance-enhancing action.

Helping the Diavel Carbon to accelerate faster, stop sooner and change direction with even more agility is a
valuable 5.5lb (2.5kg) saving of “unsprung weight” by using beautifully forged, lightweight Marchesini
wheels. The wheels, which are finished in black, are machine-turned and milled for maximum weight
reduction and intricately engineered decoration. The black disc carriers undergo a similar milling process to
enhance the recess around the weight saving cut-outs, the natural aluminium colour contrasting effectively
against the original black carrier.


Alternative look

The Diavel Cromo creates an alternative look for the standard model while offering a familiar taste of
Ducati’s rich heritage. Stunning chrome-finished tank panels carry the Ducati logo in vintage “Meccanica”
style, a look repeated on the single seat cover and underlined with vintage-style, horizontally ribbed seat

While exhaust end-caps and handlebars are finished in black, the model’s overall gloss black finish is
enhanced with silver pin-stripe on the front fender, single-seat cover, tank centre and headlamp body. With
“Cromo” laser-engraved into the air-duct panels either side of the fuel tank, the new version is further


Co-inspired in exclusive style

The flagship model of the 2012 Diavel family is built as a tribute to the AMG luxury-performance brand and
is intended for passionate connoisseurs of technology, engineering detail and exclusive style.

Ducati’s unique cooperation with Mercedes AMG perfectly demonstrates the companies shared brand
values of high performance, motorsport and excitement and the Diavel AMG Special Edition now represents
the first “co-inspired” model, elegantly combining distinctive styling features from both famous marques.
Based upon the Diavel Carbon, the Diavel AMG Special Edition features AMG’s signature 5-spoke wheel
styling, carbon fibre lateral radiator grills with aluminium trim, AMG-style sport exhaust system with
engraved end-caps and carbon fibre heat guard and AMG-style horizontally ribbed seat upholstered in
Alcantara®. The model’s incredible attention to performance detail also ensures that every engine has its
Desmodromic cam-timing calibrated by hand and authenticated with the name of the engine technician
engraved on the left-side engine casing, consistent with AMG’s “one-man-one-engine” philosophy. Further
underlining the model’s exclusivity, each motorcycle will have a numbered plaque on the fuel tank.

The new Diavel AMG Special Edition is dressed in matte black carbon fibre bodywork with AMG’s very own “Diamond White Bright” stripe and frame colour contrasted with black wheels. The special edition wheels, seat and exhaust end-caps are all AMG branded while “AMG” is also laser-engraved into the air-duct panels either side of the fuel tank. The Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition and exclusively designed leather jacket and helmet apparel will be available in early 2012.