XDiavel is Ducati’s New Belt Drive Diavel – Unveiled [EICMA 2015]

Words about a new belt drive Diavel have been doing rounds for quite some time now and Ducati has finally unveiled ‘THE THING’ at EICMA; they are calling it ‘XDiavel‘. They have ditched their signature red color for a more sophisticated black overall. The belt drive XDiavel promises low speed excitement combined with the signature adrenaline rush of riding a Ducati.

Aiming to merge two distinct worlds in to one bike is not an easy task. But Ducati seems to have done their homework and the bike ends up looking neat.

Key figures for the XDiavel are 5,000, 60 and 40. Confused? 5,000 is the rpm at which the engine achieves its maximum torque of 128.9 Nm. In fact the bike produces more than 98 Nm of torque from as low as 2,100 rpm.


The 1,262 cc Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) engine produces 156 PS of maximum power at 9,500 rpm. The company has also relocated the water pump inside the intra cylinder V shape which hides the cooling system pipes from visibility. But what good is a cruiser if it cannot suit the needs of the rider? That’s where the number 60 comes in, which is the number of different configurations available for the rider. This includes 4 footrest positions, 5 different seats and 3 types of handlebars to choose from. In fact, you can even get a small backrest for the pillion rider.

So what’s 40? That’s the maximum attainable lean angle. Yes, though the XDiavel is essentially a cruiser, it does not shy away from its sporty lineage thanks to the frame, suspension brakes and chassis which have been tuned to provide maximum fun during sports styled riding.


Most cruisers come with belt drive whereas the regular Diavel comes with chain drive. The engineers at Ducati have included a belt drive in the XDiavel to make it a true blue cruiser. Apart from ensuring reliable and secure transmission of power from the engine to the rear wheel, Ducati informs that the belt drive also allows for a more silent running, fluid throttle response and decreased maintenance.

XDiavel, unlike the sporty stance of the regular Diavel, gets the traditional foot-forward open chested riding posture. The bike also uses ride by wire system, Inertial Measurement unit by Bosch to measure pitch and roll, Ducati Traction Control, Cornering ABS, Riding modes, cruise control, Ducati Traction Control and Ducati Power Launch. XDiavel also gets innovative daytime running lights.


XDiavel also gets massive 240/45 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso 2 tyres at the rear and 50 mm Marzocchi forks at the front with Sachs monoshock in the rear. There is also a XDiavel S in gloss black (XDiavel is in matt black) which, apart from better brakes, gains an infotainment system, Bluetooth module, premium seat and machine aluminium mirrors.

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