Ducati XDiavel S bags the prestigious Good Design Award 2016 for its sinister looks.
Although looks are subjective, one can’t just deny the fact that the Ducati XDiavel is a gorgeous looking motorcycle. Because of its gob-smacking looks, the XDiavel has already won some coveted design awards. In 2016, the Ducati XDiavel won the “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award in Product Design in Europe. And now the latest feather in its cap is the “Good Design Award 2016” that it just received from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.
Established in 1950, the Good Design Award is the world’s oldest prize that’s awarded to the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial products and graphic designs produced around the world. The Ducati XDiavel won it in the transportation category along with 29 more products. Overall there are 27 categories.
As for the XDiavel, it was launched in 2016 and is based on the standard Diavel. However, compared to the regular Diavel, the XDiavel is a more laid-back power cruiser and comes with completely different chassis and powertrain. The XDiavel comes powered by a Testastretta DVT 1,262cc L-Twin that develops 154bhp and 129Nm of peak torque. The new engine in the XDiavel develops its peak torque at just 5,000rpm mark while power is transmitted via a belt to the rear wheel – a first for Ducati. The motorcycle also gets a wide handlebar and feet-forward riding position.
The XDiavel is offered in two trims – Standard and S. While both are identical on the mechanical front, the XDiavel S gets a few more features such as LED DRLs and headlamps, machined finish on the rear wheel, swing-arm, ORVMs, etc. In fact, it’s the XDiavel S that has bagged the design award.
The XDiavel is already on sale in India. The standard version is priced at Rs 15.87 lakh while the XDiavel S carries a price tag of Rs 18.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).