Ducati is all set to launch the Diavel 1260 in India on August 9. It is likely to go on sale at Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom), which will make it Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh more expensive than the previous-gen model. The 1260 moniker comes courtesy a larger 1262cc DVT L-twin motor that replaces the 1198cc L-twin of the previous Diavel. This iteration is not only larger but makes more power and torque. The 1260 will get an additional ‘S’ variant which gets fully adjustable Ohlins suspension, machined alloy wheels, Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers and bi-directional quick-shifter.
Ducati has done well in the design department and the new Diavel 1260 looks sharper and meaner than before. The new headlamp features all-LED lighting while the front LED turn indicators are incorporated into the radiator shrouds. Other notable features include a digital TFT screen that features a multimedia system and keyless ignition.
The new Diavel 1260 weighs 5kg more than before and seat height is up by 10mm. In the handling department, the rake and trail are down by 1 degree and 10mm respectively. Wheelbase, though, has increased by 20mm. The new Diavel 1260 gets new electronic rider aids plus Bosch Cornering ABS as standard across both variants.
When launched, we expect the new Diavel 1260 to command a premium of around Rs 50,000 over the older Diavel.