Ducati Malaysia officially introduced the next-gen Ducati Diavel powered by the Granturismo V4 engine.
Since there is a lot to write about Ducati’s latest take on its latest mega cruiser, here are five things you need to know about the all-new Ducati Diavel V4.
The Diavel has moved from its V-Twin setup to Ducati’s latest V4 engine.
Ducati has been synonymous with the V-Twin for quite some time but due to performance limitations, the Italian firm decided to move to the new V4 configuration that began with the Panigale V4 before naturally trickle down to the Streetfighter and the Multistrada.
However, the one fitted on the new Diavel is the Granturismo V4 engine found in the Multistrada V4. As a result, it features longer service interval and offers a mid range grunt.
According to Ducati, the Diavel V4 makes 168hp and 126Nm, making it more powerful than the Diavel 1260S although the latter makes higher peak torque at 129Nm.
Thanks to the new engine, it allows Ducati to ditched the steel trellis frame on the previous generation Diavel for a new lightweight aluminium monocoque chassis for the Diavel V4.
As a result, Ducati saved 5kg from the engine and 8kg from the bike’s overall weight. That said, Ducati shed 13kg from the previous model.
This is the part where things got interesting because while it may be a cruiser, the Diavel V4 seat height registered at 790mm which is tall for a cruiser yet is low for a sporty naked bike.
Nonetheless, the handlebar is now 20mm closer to the rider which helps to improved riders ergonomics and comfort.
On top of that, Ducati adds more rear travel to the rear suspension which now sits at 145mm, 15mm more than the 1260. Ducati claimed that the longer rear travel allows for more comfort not just for the rider but also for pillions.
There’s 5-inch TFT instrument display which you can access four riding modes including Sport, Touring, Urban and (newly added) Wet mode.
Also added is an up and down quickshifter, wheelie control and launch control as well as cruise control.
The Diavel range is known for its striking looks and the V4 continues the general vibe with a similar stance.
That said, the new engine creates a slightly different bodywork and maybe not quite as aesthetic as the previous 1260. You could also argue about the missing trellis frame.
However, the biggest talking point are at the back, starting with the quad exit exhaust which is probably to signify the V4 configuration.
Also, the Diavel V4 features a new honeycomb taillight which looks absolutely bonkers. However, we couldn’t help but imagine the struggle of cleaning the tail light once you are done riding.
So what do you think about the 2023 Ducati Diavel V4? Will it be as amazing as the 1260 or better? Do tell us what you think at the comment section!