First unveiled at EICMA last year, the second-generation Ducati Diavel sports a larger 1,262cc V-twin unit and gets a ton of rider aids including wheelie control, traction control, cornering ABS, riding modes and more
Following the introduction of the Multistrada 1260, Ducati has now launched the Diavel 1260 in India. The motorcycle will be on offer in two variants and is priced at Rs 17.7 lakh for the standard and Rs 19.25 lakh for the S trim (ex-showroom India)
Design-wise, the Ducati Diavel 1260 shares the same silhouette as the model it replaces but gets the XDiavel like LED taillamps. The long fuel tank continues but the exhaust and the tail section are now stubbier. Just like before, the Diavel 1260 too comes with a single-sided swingarm. Clubbed with that wide rear tyre and the floating seat, the Diavel 1260 looks stunning, even after these minimal changes. In fact, the Ducati Diavel 1260 bagged the Red Dot Design award this year. Other changes include a small 3.5-inch colour display for the instrument cluster.
The biggest change in the Diavel 1260 is, as the name rightly suggest, at the heart. The old 1,198cc motor has been given the boot and a new 1,262cc V-twin comes in its place. Interestingly, although this motor made its global debut in the Diavel, in India it first came in the Multistrada 1260. This motor is good for 156.8bhp and 128.8Nm – roughly 7bhp and 6Nm more than before. Thanks to the Desmodromic Variable Timing 100Nm of torque kicks in at around 3,500rpm. The Diavel 1260 also comes with a bunch of riding aids including a new 6 Axis IMU, wheelie control, traction control, cornering ABS and more. Suspension duties in the standard trim are performed by 50mm USD forks up front and a fully adjustable rear monoshock. The S trim comes with Ohlins-sourced fully adjustable 48mm forks up front and an adjustable rear monoshock. Braking duties on the standard version are performed by a radially mounted Brembo 4 piston M4.32 callipers at the front but the Diavel S comes with M50 Callipers. The S comes with Daytime Running Light, Quick shift up and a multimedia system as standard. The standard trim doesn’t get DRLs but gets the quick shift up and multimedia system as accessory.
Given that it is a power cruiser, the Ducati Diavel 1260 doesn't quite have any direct competitors. Our man Jared rode the Ducati Diavel 1260 S earlier this year, follow the link for a detailed review.