Ducati have just unveiled the new Diavel V4 in the sixth episode of the 2023 Ducati World Première web series.
With a V4 Granturismo engine, a spectacular lighting system, and a lighter build, the newly unveiled Ducati Diavel V4 promises a more exhilarating riding experience than ever. Let’s take a closer look at some of the features.
Part of what contributes to the unmistaken appearance is the signature front and rear light clusters and turn signals, which become even more distinctive in the V4.
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The front DRL* changes shape, with a double-C profile that evolves from the previous stylistic feature, and the rear light cluster consists of a matrix of punctiform LEDs positioned under the tail, also with an unmistakably Ducati optical signature. Dynamic turn signals* are integrated into the handlebars, in front of the brake and clutch control reservoirs.
The massive 240/45 rear tyre is also distinctively Diavel. The wheels are a five-spoke alloy with a profile embellished with machined surfaces and are one of the most refined elements of the Diavel V4’s aesthetics.
* Only in countries where legal.
What’s more, not only does it look good, the 1,158 cc V4 Granturismo promises an exhilarating riding experience. The bike is powerful (168 hp) and rich in torque at every rpm (with a peak value of 12.8 kgm at 7,500 rpm, 0.5 kgm more than the Multistrada V4), plus its extended deactivation system means lower running costs. This feature shuts off the rear bank not only when the vehicle is stationary, but also while riding at low engine speeds under reduced engine load.
And it sounds good too! Great attention has been paid to sound quality, creating the unmistakeable stamp of the V4 Granturismo. The extended deactivation system for the rear cylinders, which allows the engine to operate as a twin-cylinder or as a four-cylinder with an imperceptible transition due to its gradualness, generates a change in the tone of the exhaust noise as it switches from one mode to the other. A deeper sound, with lower frequencies, characterizes the V4 Granturismo when only the two front cylinders are active. The frequencies, on the other hand, become higher when all four cylinders are operating.
The bike is also surprisingly light, weighing in at 13kg less than the Diavel 1260 S with a kerb weight of 223kg without fuel.
All this with component refinement and effectiveness, with an inverted 50-mm fork and a cantilever-pattern shock absorber, both fully adjustable. The braking system relies on Brembo Stylema® calipers and dual 330 mm front discs.
The result is a motorcycle capable of going from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3”, and a braking system with peak deceleration values of as much as 11.5 m/s2 thanks to a very refined calibration of the ABS system.
With a low seat (790 mm from the ground), central footpegs and high handelbars (set 20mm closer than on the Diavel 1260), the V4 is easier to use and more comfortable thanks to the rear suspension, which increases in travel by 15 mm, and the wide seat.
The passenger can count on a spacious and comfortable seat, footrests that retract under the tail and a telescopic rear grab bar. Footpegs and grab bar are effectively invisible in the closed position, and together with the passenger seat cover, supplied as standard and easily installed, allow the Diavel V4 to be transformed from a two-seater to a single-seater with just a few gestures.
The Diavel V4 is further enhanced by a comprehensive electronic package, with three Power Modes and four Riding Modes: Sport, Touring, Urban and the new Wet.
The Riding Modes allow the rider to adapt the engine delivery and the intervention of the riding aid systems (Ducati Traction Control in Cornering version, ABS Cornering and Ducati Wheelie Control) to the rider’s situation and preferences.
Cruise Control makes highway transfers more relaxed, while Launch Control provides scorching starts and Ducati Quick Shift up & down makes shifting in general less fatiguing and more effective in sport riding.
The rider can manage all the electronic systems through backlit controls on the handlebars and the new 5-inch colour TFT dashboard, which also offers Bluetooth connectivity to pair your smartphone and use it for calls, text messages and music, or use the Turn-by-turn navigation system (available as an accessory) via the Ducati Link App.
The Diavel V4 has accessories to get the most out of both it’s touring and sporty capabilities, including semi-rigid cases with a total capacity of 48 liters, street-legal exhaust silencer with a cover and four titanium end caps, billet parts, carbon parts, forged wheels and brake calipers.
The new Diavel V4 will arrive in European dealerships starting from January.
It will be available in two colours: classic Ducati Red or Thrilling Black.
See more of the Diavel V4 in this video from the official Ducati YouTube channel.Enjoy more Fast Bikes reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.