If you thought the Italians had a flair for designing cars that turn heads, you should check out their motorbikes. Specifically Bologna-based Ducati’s new limited-edition Diavel Titanium.
Walking through the latest cruisers, street bikes, superbikes and off-roaders at the Motorcycle Live show in Birmingham, Esquire wondered if all the bikes in 2015 looked the same.
Then we came across the bronze fuel tank, matt finish, forged wheels and black ceramic exhaust pipes of the Titanium, a bike with the presence to give even the staunchest car driver sweaty palms — and it had nothing to do with the NEC’s air-conditioning system.
There’s a clue in the name. Ducati has taken 500 of its existing Diavel models and added titanium to the tank and headlamp covers, as well as using carbon fibre on the air intakes, radiator covers and even the fuel filler cap.
The premium faux suede seat doesn’t look the most practical to British eyes, but who wants to be practical? That it takes its name from a Bologna slang word for devil makes total sense. It’s a motorcycle built for the kind of road trips that don’t have a return date in mind.
1,198cc - Engine
2.6 Seconds 0-60mph
155+ Mph top speed
162 Bhp (199kw at 9,250rpm)
6 - speed manual gearbox
£22,995 - Price