First Look: 2015 Ducati Diavel

Cycle News Staff | March 4, 2014

Ducati has unveiled its upgraded Diavel for 2015, the Italian brand’s “cruiser” getting an updated version of the 11-degree Testastretta twin, cosmetic changes and a new exhaust system. It will come in two versions – the standard model and the Carbon version.

The engine upgrades come from Ducati’s Dual Spark design, with the twin now getting dual sparkplugs in each of its four-valve heads. The powerplant also gets revised intake and exhaust ports and cam timing and the Diavel’s compression ratio jumps from 11.5:1 to 12.5:1.

And if the Diavel needed more torque, it got it. The bike now produces what Ducati claims to be 96.3 foot-pounds of torque – up 2.3 from its predecessor. The bike produces the same 162 horsepower as the previous model, but gets to that peak power sooner at 9250 (250 rpm earlier).

The Diavel gets all the now normal electronics – Ducati Traction Control, three ride modes (Sport, Touring and Urban) – and riders can customize it all and have it display for them on the TFT display.

The new Diavel also gets an LED headlamp and LED turn signals.

The Diavel’s Testastretta powerplants sits in a trellis frame with single-sided swingarm that’s unchanged from the previous model. It also still gets a Marzocchi fork and Sachs rear shock and Brembo mono-block brakes.

Ducati claims a dry weight of 463 pounds (527 wet) with the Carbon model tipping the scale nine pounds lighter.

The exhaust system is new for 2015 and is of the two-into-one-into-two variety with shorter silencers. The bike also gets a fat – 240mm – rear tire that you can see better now, thanks to the shorter exhaust.

The standard version will sell for $17,995 with the Carbon version retailing for $20,995. The new bikes are expected to be available in April.