Ducati GP Unveils New MotoGP Livery For 2018
- Jan 17, 2018
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Ducati had discontinued quite a few of its bikes last year, thanks to the introduction of BSIV norms. Among other Euro 3 bikes sold in India, the Diavel Carbon had also faced the axe. It is now back in Euro 4 (BS-IV) guise and is priced at Rs 19.73 lakh (ex-showroom, India). It is a massive Rs 3.63 lakh difference over the standard Diavel. So what does that massive premium get you?
Devil is in the details:
To stand apart from the standard Diavel, the Diavel Carbon gets a carbon fibre front mud guard, fuel tank and removable rear cowl. It helps drop weight down by 5kg to a lightweight by cruiser standards 234kg (kerb). Wheels are a new design. In place of the multi-spoke machined alloys on the standard Diavel are star-shaped forged and machined Marchesini wheels which are stronger and lighter, and look better too! The exhaust system gets a black Zircotec ceramic coating which is heat-resistant and should keep riders' legs from toasting after a long, hard day's ride. Topping this up are twin exhaust end cans in stainless steel finish that add a nice contrast to the blacked out bike. In keeping with the sporty theme, the 770mm seat has been redesigned with sportier ergonomics in mind and should be accessible by riders of all sizes.
It retains the traits of the Diavel but with a newer and cleaner motor. The Euro 4-spec and BSIV-compliant 1198.4cc Testastretta L-twin motor makes 152PS of power and 123Nm of torque and exhibits more sportsbike characteristics than that of a cruiser. Updates include a longer service interval at 15,000km or 12 months and desmo valve adjustment service interval is set at 30,000km.
A cruiser than handles:
The Diavel has been known for its handling prowess and this one carries forward the legacy. High-spec suspension is courtesy 50mm fully adjustable Marzocchi front forks with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating on the forks and fully adjustable rear Sachs monoshock dampers. Wheels are shod with Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres. Braking is via twin 320mm discs clamped to Brembo Monobloc calipers and a rear 265mm disc. Given the lighter wheels and newfound weight reduction, the Diavel Carbon should handle better than the standard Diavel.
The Diavel Carbon faces competition from the recently launched Harley-Davidson Fat Bob which is priced at Rs 14.01 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and the Moto Guzzi Audace that retails for Rs 19.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Ducati Diavel Carbon is on sale at all Ducati dealerships across India.