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For the first time, the Ducati's Devil looks sane.

For the first time, the Ducati’s Devil looks sane.

Diavel S gets an all new Iceberg White paintjob and its looks just as good.

First showcased at the EICMA motor show in Milan 2015, the xDiavel took all eyeballs for a trippy show. Long and low, with sleek and sexy lines, forward controls and a low seat height, this bike was something totally new from the Italian company known the world over for blending impeccable design and high-performance machines. Something like putting purists into a realm of more content and less bitter.

The bike always had a menacing outlook to it that was both handsome and evil at the same time. Rightfully it was quoted as ‘The Gentleman and The Bastard’. Now, the brand has given the premium ’S’ model of the bike a whole new character that contradicts its otherwise antagonist outlook. And they did it by just having the bike painted in Iceberg White.

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Ducati will now be powered by the 210 bhp Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine.

Ducati will now be powered by the 210 bhp Desmosedici Stradale V4 engine.

A new chapter in Ducati’s rich lineage of engines and the 1103cc plant screams at the top of its voice at 14000 rpm.

In what will go down as the biggest shift for the company, Ducati officially launched its four cylinder V4 Desmosedici Stradale engine at the Misano World Circuit on Thursday, 7th September 2017.

It will be replacing the Superquadro twin-cylinder which is having its final run on the mighty 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. The first motorcycle it will run on will be the Ducati Panigale V4 to be unveiled November 5, 2017.

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The buzz around Ducati's V4 Desmosedici Stradale.

The buzz around Ducati’s V4 Desmosedici Stradale.

In about a week, we will have a four pot Ducati showcasing.

It’s no new story to begin here. Ducatithemselves have been pretty vocal about their newfound love for a four cylinder version of their street bikes which will most probably change the whole dimension within the segment.

True to their ways of naming, the Italians have named it as the Desmosedici Stradale engine, and it is going to replace the Superquadro twin-cylinder which is having its final run on the mighty 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. It will be put on showcase at the Misano World Circuit on Thursday, 7th September 2017.

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Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Which motorcycle do you think has the finest looking face?

Here are industry’s magnificient machines saying something:

Let’s leave the custom builds out of this because, honestly speaking, they wouldn’t have existed if they failed to give a motorcycle a deserving face. But then again, why do any manufacturer for that matter exist if they too fail to give a motorcycle a well-looking face?

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This is the sound of a new era at Ducati. Listen to the V4 "big-bang"

This is the sound of a new era at Ducati. Listen to the V4 "big-bang"

The Italian’s newfound love for four-pot sounds prodigious.

Like all good things coming to an end, the L-twin Brobdingnagian motor that is currently running on all street Ducati]s’ is also spurting towards the end and is being replaced by a V4 engine currently being developed for the Italian’s brand new fully faired superbike. It made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Thanks to the guys of MaxxMoto, we have now heard what this piece of machinery sounds like much before Ducati intended us to.

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Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".

Ducati has asked us to save the date for "The sound of a new era".

And we have all reasons to believe that this is about the V4 Superbike in works.

Unless you have been living under a rock all this while, Ducati has stopped working on its superstar L - twin Superquadro powerhouse that made its final act with the recently launched 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

We must accept the end of something in order to build a new something which can take you past that feeling. It is becoming ever so difficult for Ducati to adhere to the rules package in most of the World Superbike Championships the Panigale is currently in competition; its v-twin superbikes will soon lose out to the four-cylinder counterparts. Luckily, the Italian company is also churning out a new V-4 superbike as we speak.

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Ducati launched the Scrambler Cafe Racer in India.

Ducati launched the Scrambler Cafe Racer in India.

This retro themed Scrambler looks at roping in the new generation of riders early on.

In the last couple of years, the Indian market has witnessed the arrival and introduction of many new motorcycles and concepts which have broken the conventional norms of motorcycling in India, and one of them is the Café-Racer. This in-house breeder is pure café style straight from the factory floor, and it hits the high note for being considerably the favourite one of the Scramblers.

After bringing in the Desert Sled into the country, Ducati has now also introduced its newest member of the Scrambler family, the Scrambler Cafe-Racer. Although it might sound very odd with having two different setups in one single bike, Ducati has managed to pull off an absolute beauty. And for ₹ 9.32 lakhs, it is on par with the Desert Sled.

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Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Looks like Bajaj-KTM are gunning for buying out Ducati.

Volkwagen is on the heels to sell the Italian brand, and everyone is prying.

A week ago, rumours filled the news about Harley-Davidson being the top contenders to buy the luxury two-wheeler Italian marquee from Volkswagen. For no fault of theirs, except for them being owned by VW, Ducati could possibly see a change of hands since the German company is in considerations of selling brands under its portfolio.

Now, there could be a new chapter in Ducati’s history books, courtesy, the Volkswagen Diesel Gate scandal. If reports are to be believed, KTM-Bajaj was approached by the German company to buy out the Italian brand, an initiative taken towards the new financial strategy set out by the company post the Diesel Gate scandal.

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Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

Ducati launched the Desert Sled in India for ₹ 9.32 lakh.

A Scrambler that can finally take you places

Till today, Ducati has been making Scramblers which could have been abused but it pleased the urban way and masses and hence they became glorified street bikes. With five models in the lineup, this Desert Sled is finally the machine that is ready to get its feet properly dirty. Reinforced for off-road duty, this Desert Sled is most certainly a Scrambler-esque iteration of the South-West California and the Mexico’s Baja scenes in the ’60s and ’70s.

The Italian brand has now launched this ’ stripped off anything that is nonsensical’ motorcycle into the Indian markets at a higher price-tag than what we had expected, maybe for the GST interchanges.

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2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

2017 Ducati 1299 Panigale R Final Edition

Marking the end of the greatest show ever played by Ducati, the Panigale.

Ducati always has had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. For this alone, we must hand it to the Italian with all pomp and flair that they can literally pull off a true bloody special edition.

And this expression was very much evident with their flagship model, the Panigale ever since it broke covers in 2011. It is one of the world’s most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, and Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition. This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes.

Under all this is what I call a ‘Brobdingnagian’ twin Superquadro powerhouse that can scare the daylights out of most seasoned riders. If that still does not fit your bill, the electronics package on this, one would need a Master’s degree and a PhD to understand the concepts of it, and by the time you do understand, you would stop caring about it because your brain is gizzing already.

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2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

2017 Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

The wild one gets bigger teeth and claw to take up anything coming its way.

We all know that Ducati is one such motorcycle maker which makes machines straight from the heart. Every motorcycle in the stable of Ducati speaks of some purpose which is beautifully blended with the pinch of hardcore passion. Ducati made a surprising move some half a decade ago when it unveiled the Multistrada for the first time in front of the world. Out of all the motorcycles from Ducati, the Multistrada proved out to be the most practical motorcycle which still doesn’t miss out on the specific Ducati principles.

The Multistrada gradually went on creating a new niche of motorcycles, thus changing the image of Ducati as a manufacturer of only hard-core supersports. Then in 2015, they gave us the Enduro edition. Unlike the urban design of the standard Multistrada 1200, the new Multistrada 1200 Enduro claims to expose the wild side of Ducati, with its pure adventure appeal.

Now in 2017, the brand has taken it to the next level. They have given the adventure junkie more tools to let the 1200 Enduro go “even more globetrotter with the Pro version”. To allow treading on even less-beaten track, the Pro features rally tyres, new tank bars, new colour schemes, type-approved titanium exhaust sets and more. Let me go ranting about them:

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Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Ducati is giving the world one last taste of the L-twins by unveiling the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

This will mark the end of the L-twin Italian superbikes, but also is the mark of new four cylinder beginnings.

They say that when you end the show, you must do it with a bang. Ducati here seems to just know how to conclude their greatest show of all time, the Panigale. Amidst the beautiful setup of Pebble Beach, California, the Italian brand unveiled their final adieu to the L-twins with the 1299 Panigale R Final Edition.

Aptly named, this last one gets all the bells and whistles some of which made headlines with the 1299 Panigale, the Panigale R and the 1299 Superleggera. Apart from being a pretty Tri-colour paint job, it gets an upgraded engine and other mechanicals that takes the superbike to new levels of lust. At $40,000 (USA) it will also be the second most powerful twin-cylinder engine to run on our streets (after the Superleggera of course).

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Ducati's devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

Ducati’s devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

Ducati’s devil falls in the hands of Fred Krugger to work his witchcraft on it.

When Ducati rolled out the Diavel prototype for the first time out of the factory in 2010, one person who saw that chiselled rear exclaimed saying "Ignurànt comm’ al Diavel!" in Bolognese dialect. That means "Evil, like the devil!". The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast forward seven years and the Diavel still manages to rumble on the streets with aplomb and break necks, unlike anything. Now, Ducati has commissioned a Belgian custom builder Fred Krugger, one of planet earth’s highly acclaimed custom builder, to work his magic potion on the XDiavel S. The bike was showcased at the Bikers’ Classics at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, that was held on the first weekend of July 2017.

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Someone bought the only Ducati 1299 Superleggera set out for India paying a whopping ₹ 1.2 crore.

Someone bought the only Ducati 1299 Superleggera set out for India paying a whopping ₹ 1.2 crore.

Bike No: 209/500 officially becomes the most expensive motorcycle of the country.

Ducati always have had this insanity in them to time and again bring up machines that push the boundaries of two-wheeled glory, a boundary that will make every other manufacturer look like a speck of dust. So is the 215 bhp of carbon fibre, the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. Which by the name itself means “simply light”. This is, ladies and gentlemen, the world’s first factory built superbike that is equipped with frame, swingarm, subframe, bodywork and the wheels built out of carbon fibre.

Joining the family of Ducati 1299 Panigale S, Ducati 916 and the Ducati 1098 of one Mr. Vikram Oberoi, the only 1299 Superleggera meant for India makes its way into his garage. Limited to just 500 units worldwide, bike number 209 was handed over to him at the Buddh International Circuit, a place often visited by Vikram for his getaways from the mundane.

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