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.
|Thrilling Black x Diavel S||Iceberg White x Diavel S|
The xDiavel was what happened when Ducati‘s imaginative honchos went berserk one day after a nights session of spacing. Although it’s got some traditional cruiser styling cues, it looks nothing like the normal. The naked frame and stubby tail are markings of a sports bike, but the moment your legs wrap around the bike’s wide frame, there’s no confusing the XDiavel for a traditional, well, anything.
The same chaps now took a different strain and came up with a decision to give the bike a softer appearance that equally showcases the magnanimous appeal of lust. It’s called the “Iceberg White”.
It still, however, carries the same mechanicals on it with the engine block’s appearance enhanced by re-engineering the water pump to remove the unsightly cooling system plumbing. The blacked-out Twin appears as if chiselled from a block of raw aluminium and looks especially clean and uncluttered on the starboard end. But the opposite side, it has a couple distractions – mainly the hydraulic clutch hardware and ignition wiring.
The premium ’S’ model elevates things further with its contrast-cut machined timing belt covers (similar in appearance to the Scrambler) and wheels, DRL, forks with DLC coating, Brembo M50 front brake callipers, a special seat and parts with machine – finished highlights and a lot more which really give the X a polished look.
The DVT setup gives the best of both worlds: a flatter and more linear power character without sacrificing performance. Charges at a peppy 129 Nm peak torque arriving at 5000 rpm and peaking at 156 bhp @ 9500 rpm where the red line is near the 10000 rpm marking. Mated to a slick-shifting six-speed gearbox, top speed is claimed to be above 250 kph and is capable of a 0-100 under 2.5 seconds. It makes use of a conventional belt final drive instead of the typical chain assembly.
It is electronically packed with the brutal Ducati Power Launch (DPL) system, individual engine power maps (Urban, Touring, and Sport), 8-way adjustable traction control and Ducati’s Panigale style IMU allows total control of the bike in every possible riding situation you can think of getting onto with this bike.
The Iceberg White made its debut at the 20th edition of the biggest European Custom and Cruiser event at Faaker See, Austria. About it making it to our shores, we cannot say with any certainty as of yet, but we don’t see a reason why it will not make it here. The Thrilling Black x Diavel S currently retails at ₹ 19.3 lakh ex-showroom.