Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ducati Diavel Stuns the World

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ducati Diavel Stuns the World

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DUCATI'S Diavel stunned assembled riders at its launch in sunny Marbella.

The Bologna manufacturer's devilish new offering has a surprisingly good chassis powered by what must be the best engine in motorcycling -and that's some statement. We weren't too sure what to expect when Ducati displayed its unusual take on a muscle bike at the end-of-year bike shows.

Here was a huge, hunched motorcycle with a brawny chassis, a tank that mimics the vast bonnet of an American muscle car, a big round single headlight, sawn-off rear and twin-sided silencers.

It looked like Ducati's iconic machine, the Monster, had taken a load of steroids and spent the winter down the gym.

But rather than perform like a big bulky machine, the Diavel -Bologna dialect for devil -proved to be edgy and sophisticated; exhilarating on the twists, with the ability to trounce anything on a straight piece of road -including its supposed rivals, the Yamaha T-Max and Harley V-Rod -although neither of these bikes stands a chance against the mighty Diavel.

The engine is the same 1,198.4cc, 90-degree V-twin, Desmodromic eight-valve used in the latest Multistrada, but with a year's extra development refining the fuelling to perfection.

Other improvements bring power up to 160bhp, so 12bhp more than the Multi. While the Diavel makes less power than the V-Max's impressive 197bhp, it weighs a massive 100kg less which makes a huge difference to acceleration.

The Diavel costs pounds 7,500 less than the V-Max too -a piece of Italian exotica costing a lot less than a Japanese model belonging to the same class? Now that's the motorcycling world turned on its head.

But back to acceleration, and the Diavel storms 0-60mph in 2.6 seconds -faster than Ducati's own 1198 superbike. It also has the shortest braking distance of any production Ducati ever made, including the Moto-GP derived Desmosedici, thanks in part to the efficient ABS system. …

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