2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 & 1260 S Announced — Faster & Meaner!

Ducati has announced two new variants of their Diavel model, the Diavel 1260 and Diavel 1260 S. Both the variants were unveiled at a special event, ahead of the EICMA 2018.

The new 2019 Ducati Diavel comes with the more powerful 1,262cc Testastretta engine as seen on the XDiavel variant. The 2019 Diavel now also features a chain drive system, unlike the belt drive as seen on the XDiavel.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

The 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260 and 1260 S comes with the 1,262cc Testastretta V-Twin engine with desmodromic valve timing. It produces 159bhp and 128Nm of torque. The 1260 engine promises to offer better performance both at low and high revs. The 2019 Diavel also comes with engine mapping which offers a more sportier performance than the XDiavel.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

The 2019 Diavel 1260 now comes with Bosch's six-axis Inertial Measurement Units (IMU). This system constantly adjusts the roll and pitch angles of the motorcycle.

The Diavel 1260 comes with three riding modes; Sport, Touring and Urban. Each of these modes additionally gets their own engine maps to set-up the traction control, wheelie control and cornering ABS. The traction control system itself further comes with eight different levels.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

Both new models of the updated Diavel come with a trellis frame with a slightly upgraded geometry. The two motorcycle variants also come with a new single-sided aluminium swing-arm.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

The Ducati Diavel 1260 uses 50mm front USD forks and a monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres at both the front and rear. Braking is handled by dual 320mm discs with M4.32 callipers at the front and a single 265mm disc at the rear.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

The Diavel 1260 S, on the other hand, uses a complete Ohlins suspension system at the front and rear. This includes a 48mm USD forks at the front and a fully-adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by dual 320mm discs with M50 callipers and a single 265mm disc at the rear.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

Other standard features on both the variants of the Ducati Diavel 1260: 3.5-inch TFT display, hands-free ignition and cruise control. The S variant additionally gets Bluetooth connectivity and LED lighting all around.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

The Ducati Diavel 1260 is offered in a single Sandstone Grey colour scheme while the Diavel 1260 S variant comes with two colour choices: Sandstone Grey and Total Black. The Total Black paint scheme further comes with a red painted trellis frame.

Ducati Diavel 1260 Announced Ahead Of EICMA 2018; Expected Launch Early Next Year

Thoughts On The Ducati Diavel 1260 And 1260 S

The Ducati Diavel 1260 and 1260 S are the 2019 updates of the model, by the Italian superbike brand. The two motorcycles are expected to go on sale in international markets sometime in early 2019. Ducati is also expected to bring the two products to the Indian market at a later stage.

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Article Published On: Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:59 [IST]
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