BREAKING: Ducati’s Devilish Cruiser Has Arrived!

  • Aug 12, 2021
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No ‘S’ variant this time, though

After bringing in its flagship cruiser, Ducati has now launched the 2021 XDiavel in India. It sits right below the Diavel 1260 in Ducati’s cruiser lineup but packs a similar amount of bling.

What’s The Price? Who Are Its Rivals? 

The BS6 XDiavel goes on sale at Rs 18 lakh and Rs 22.60 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the Dark and the Black Star variants, respectively. 

At this price, the XDiavel Dark undercuts the standard Diavel 1260 by Rs 49,000. Meanwhile, the Black Star variant has become the most expensive Diavel in our country, costing Rs 1.11 lakh more than the Diavel 1260 S. 

Family rivalry aside, the XDiavel goes up against the Triumph Rocket 3, which comes at a Rs 1.35 lakh premium but makes more power and torque.

XDiavel Black Star

How Many Variants Are There?

The Ducati XDiavel is offered in two variants: Dark and Black Star. For the extra money, the Black Star variant gets forged alloy wheels, Brembo M50 calipers up front, and a special paint job to set it apart.

Surprisingly, there’s no ‘S’ variant for the XDiavel in India, which sits between the aforementioned variants in international markets.

What’s New?

For 2021, Ducati has made subtle changes to the XDiavel. First and foremost, the XDiavel’s Testastretta 1262cc engine has been updated with a new map and exhaust to meet Euro5/BS6 norms. It puts out 8PS more, delivering 160PS and 127Nm, most of the juice claimed to kick in as early as 5,000rpm. 

Next up are the two new variants. The XDiavel Dark replaces the base variant of the BS4 XDiavel and gets a matte black finish all around, right from the frame to the wheels. 

Sitting atop the XDiavel lineup is the Black Star variant. It gets a special paint scheme with red and grey inserts on the tank and the belly pan, making it sportier than the other two.

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What’s Unchanged?

Apart from these bits, the XDiavel remains pretty much unchanged. So much so that if it wasn’t for the new paint jobs, it’d be really hard to differentiate between the 2020 and 2021 models.

The features remain as is too. You still get launch control, cruise control, cornering ABS, all-LED lighting, a backlit switchgear, and a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster. 

XDiavel Dark

The motor is housed in the same trellis frame, sprung on a beefy 50mm USD fork and a monoshock, both adjustable. 

Putting a leash on this 221kg beast are twin 320mm discs up front (with Brembo M4.32 calipers on the Dark and Brembo M50 calipers on the Black Start) and a 265mm single disc at the rear. 

Being a low-slung cruiser, the XDiavel has a seat height of just 755mm, which makes it ideal for riders of all shapes and sizes. Moreover, Ducati has even plonked in adjustable footpegs to make the XDiavel even more comfortable for everyone.


The XDiavel remains a potent power cruiser for 2021 and we think the asking price of Rs 18 lakh isn’t really exorbitant. It undercuts its rivals by a sizable amount and continues to offer a good set of features, while still promising to be raspier than ever. However, we do find the Black Star variant to be slightly overpriced. Rs 4.6 lakh over the Dark variant for mostly a paint job seems rather steep. 

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