Ducati XDiavel Cruiser Headlines EICMA Lineup
18 Novembre 2015 - Autoblog
Ducati arrived at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this week with a staggering array of new models. There's plenty to be excited about, but what we're most intrigued by is the arrival of the new XDiavel.
Based on the Diavel cruiser, the new XDiavel is the antithesis of most Ducatis: more than tacking corners at high speeds, this one is built for slow cruising. Of course it's still a Ducati, so it packs a 1,262cc two-cylinder Testastretta engine with variable timing good for 156 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque – this time driving through a belt, as cruiser enthusiasts have come to expect. Riders can choose between five different seats, four footpeg positions, and three handlebar designs, all designed to give the XDiavel a more laid-back riding experience.
Alongside the cruiser, Ducati revealed two new additions to the Multistrada 1200 family. Launched in 2010, the Multistrada seeks to combine the best of all worlds, capable of riding for long distances, carving up corners at speed, serving as a daily rider, and even venturing off-road. The new Enduro model is focused more on long-distances, with a semi-active suspension and a 30-liter fuel tank for a 280-mile range. The new Pikes Peak model, meanwhile, is based on the Multistrada 1200 S but with special livery, trim, and adjustable Ohlins suspension, all inspired by the famous Race to the Clouds.
Knee-dragging enthusiasts may be more intrigued by the new 959 Panigale. At its heart is a 955cc engine producing 155 hp and 79 lb-ft, with a fully adjustable front fork and double rear swingarm suspending it over the road. The 959 joins Ducati's sport bike range as the new midrange model, slotting in below models like the 1199 Panigale R.
There are two new flavors of Scrambler as well. The Sixty2 version of Ducati's retro cafe racer draws its inspiration from skater culture from 1962, the year the original Scrambler was launched. It comes in three new colors – orange, grey, or black – with wide handlebars, a long seat, a teardrop fuel tank, steel swingarm, new front fender, and more. Meanwhile the new Scrambler Flat Track Pro harkens back to old-school racing with a yellow livery, a low exhaust, a single seat, and other unique details.
Finally, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer rounded out its lineup at EICMA this year with updates to its Hypermotard family. The new 939 model benefits from a bigger engine than before, but still slots below the larger 1100 series. The Ducati's supermoto bike launched in 2007 to bridge the gap between road and off-road sport bikes, and arrives this year in 939 form with 113 horsepower, inverted front fork, Sachs shocks with 150 mm of travel and a higher riding position. Aside from the usual white or red, it's being offered as well as the 939 SP with MotoGP-inspired racing livery, and as the Hyperstrada touring model.