Ducati's CEO Claudio Domenicali rides the Ducati Diavel Carbon onto the stage in Geneva, putting the marque on display to the world's automotive press
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!”
Breathing through elliptical Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS uses the latest fuel injector positioning to target spray directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port wall. The enhanced vaporisation achieved as the fuel hits the valve, fully atomises the incoming charge, eliminating the chance of compromised combustion efficiency experienced if droplets of fuel enter in liquid form.
For connoisseurs of technology, the latest generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine combines with full LED illumination, ABS, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Riding Modes to deliver a confidence-inspiring superiority, while new styling, 162hp and 205kg* (452lb) of pure Ducati drives a comfortable sport lifestyle previously only dreamt of.
The Diavel incorporates the very latest in innovative Ducati technologies, including 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 (DTC).
The Diavel’s Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the 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.
The Diavel's brakes use the latest, very compact Bosch/Brembo ABS system - top shelf Brembo calipers and discs combined with Bosch ABS, the Diavel chassis and Pirelli’s Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) result in braking performance which Ducati claims to be better than its Panigale.
The Diavel’s ignition is actuated by an electronic key in the rider’s pocket, which communicates with the motorcycle within a two meters. 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 cap. When parking the motorcycle, an electronic lock can be actuated on the steering simply by applying full lock and pressing the ignition-off button a second time.
Explaining the Diavel during Ducati's Motodays press conference in Rome last week
A 240 section rear tyre combined with 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 simply cruising the boulevards.
Ducati's CEO Claudio Domenicali introduces the key features of the Diavel Carbon to the assembled world automotive press during Volkswagen Group Night on the eve of the 84th International Geneva Motor Show.
With its 162hp @9,250rpm and increased torque of 96.2lb-ft (130.5Nm) @8,000rpm, the Diavel's Testastretta 11° DS engine is all 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 Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system to enhance rideability.
The Diavel’s twin-level seat is wide, comfortable and now a little longer with a new shape. The low 770mm (30.3in) seat and low slung chassis weighs in at just 210kg (463lb) - 205kg (452lb) enabling the rider to get both feet on the ground. The seat also comes with an easily removable carbon fibre single seat cover.
The new Diavel has a full LED headlamp to complement the characteristic twin vertical strips of LED lights, that provide tail and brake light illumination and directional indicators at the rear. The rear LED strips follow the precise line of the under-seat panelling, providing greater visibility of the rear-end while keeping the external lines of the bike clean. The front directional indicators are clear lens LED, now updated to solid strip technology mounted vertically down the leading edge of the restyled lateral radiator covers.
The Testastretta 11° engine effectively took the original fire-breathing 1198 Superbike power plant and re-engineered it for greater user-friendliness. This was achieved by reducing the amount of valve over-lap from around 41°to just 11°, which reduced peak horse-power slightly, but considerably enhanced mid-range and overall smoothness.
The new Diavel’s Testastretta 11° DS engine reaches another milestone by enabling the distance between major service intervals (primarily a valve clearance check) to be extended to 30,000 kilometres (18,000 miles).
With its laid-back street ergonomics, blistering performance and commanding style, the new Diavel now rolls out dressed in stylish Dark Stealth livery, a black trellis frame and black wheels. The Carbon offers the choice of traditional Ducati Red over Matte Carbon with red frame or White over Matte Carbon with white frame, both with black, forged wheels by Marchesini, turned and milled to expose the natural aluminum.
The Diavel front brakes use Brembo Monobloc callipers, which deliver outstanding performance actuated by integral alloy master cylinders with unique shape reservoirs sporting milled tops. The four-piston, twin radially-mounted callipers grip 320mm discs, while a single 265mm disc on the rear is gripped by a Brembo two piston calliper. The Diavel Carbon uses specially milled aluminum disc carriers which have natural aluminum colored recesses machined around the weight saving cut-outs in contrast to the carrier’s black finish around the center.
The Diavel runs 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 front-end for agile handling and 70° of steering lock for maximum manoeuvrability. Both Diavel and Diavel Carbon use the same suspension with fork sliders black-finished in super low-friction diamond-like carbon (DLC)
Two decades on from the first Monster, Ducati recently introduced the latest generation 2014 Monster 1200 and 1200 S powered by the same Superbike-derived 1198 Testastretta 11° DS engine as the Diavel. The new flagship of the Monster family has an entirely new chassis.
The 2014 Monster 1200 also boasts an S model with 145hp and a 92ft-lb of torque, wrapped in a chassis that tips the scales at 182kg (401lb) dry
The 2014 Ducati Monster 1200 boasts an exclusive S model with 145hp and a ride-enhancing 92ft-lb of high-accelerating torque, wrapped in a chassis that tips the scales at 182kg (401lb) dry.
The second generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine now becomes a fully-stressed chassis member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame
Breathing through circular Mikuni Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS uses the latest fuel injector positioning to target spray directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port wall.
Breathing through circular Mikuni Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, the 1198 Testastretta 11° DS uses the latest fuel injector positioning to target spray directly onto the rear of the hot intake valve instead of the relatively cold surface of the intake port wall
The second generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, which now becomes a fully-stressed chassis member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame
The second generation Testastretta 11° Dual Spark engine, which now becomes a fully-stressed chassis member with Panigale-style attachment points for the Trellis frame, uses a number of important and highly effective features to deliver 135hp @ 8,750rpm and for the Monster 1200 S, an extra 10hp to 145hp @ 8,750rpm. Ducati has created an impressive torque curve to further enhance riding pleasure, generating a peak torque of 87lb-ft (12kgm) for the Monster 1200 and 92lb-ft (12.7kgm) for the 1200 S version, both values @ 7,250rpm
The Monster 1200’s Testastretta 11° DS engine reaches another milestone in Ducati’s constant investment in quality by enabling the distance between major service intervals (valve clearance check) to be set at an owner-friendly 30,000 kilometers (18,000 miles)
The Monster uses fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba forks up front with a single Sachs unit on the rear adjustable in spring preload and rebound damping, while the Monster S gets an upgrade to fully adjustable 48mm Ohlins forks with sliders finished in TiN and a fully adjustable Ohlins unit on the rear with integrated piggy-back reservoir
The Diavel was a surprise unveiling at last week's Geneva Motor Show
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