Ducati Motor Holding, the Italian sports bike manufacturer, has introduced the Diavel 1260 motorcycle in India at an ex-showroom price of INR17.70 lakh. The motorcycle features styling updates and improved riding aids, which has led to a price hike of INR1.55 lakh over its outgoing version. The top-level 1260 S has also been introduced at a price of INR19.25 lakh.
The new Ducati Diavel 1260 has a meaner and sharper design compared to its current trim. The 2019 edition has new LED headlamps, self-cancelling turn indicators that are integrated into the radiator shrouds, and sleek brushed metal panels serving as tank extensions. That aside, the bike has keyless ignition and a 3.5-inch TFT screen.
The 2019 Diavel 1260 is hauled by a 1,262cc Ducati Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) motor which produces 159PS maximum power and 129Nm peak torque. The output numbers are 7PS and 6Nm more than the bike’s existing model. The 2019 Ducati Diavel 1260, interestingly, produces 100Nm torque even at a comparatively low rev of 3,500rpm. The bike’s fuel tank capacity remains the same at 16 litres.
The new edition of the Ducati Diavel 1260 comes with the Urban, Sport, and Touring ride modes with an eight-level traction control. The modes can be changed according to the ride terrain. The new Diavel 1260 has a three-stage cornering antilock braking system (ABS) and a 6-axis inertial measuring unit (IMU).
The Diavel 1260 is fitted with 50mm upside-down (USD) front forks. Suspension duties at the back are handled by a monoshock absorber. The top-specification Ducati Diavel S, on the other hand, has 48mm fully adjustable USD forks and a rear monoshock absorber from Ohlins. The new motorcycle’s braking apparatus comprises of 320mm twin disc brakes on the front wheel and a single disc at the back. The 2019 Diavel 1260 runs on 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres.