Ducati has given its XDiavel power cruiser range a mild makeover to go along with its Euro5 update, with black paint very much being the order of the day at the Bologna factory.
The carryover XDiavel S has been joined by two new models, the XDiavel Black Star and XDiavel Dark.
Coming in at £16,995, the XDiavel Dark is the entry level model in the three bike range. Like all three of the 2021 XDiavels, the 1262cc Testastretta DVT two-cylinder engine has been modified to meet the more stringent Euro5 regulations and includes a new silencer set up. Despite this, Ducati has found an additional 8bhp over the Euro 4 version, with peak power at 160bhp. Final drive continues to be by belt, in line with most big bore cruisers on the market today.
Although the XDiavel Dark looks simple enough, especially in its matt black livery, the standard equipment is pretty impressive, with a Bosch IMU platform allowing for cornering ABS, traction control and launch control. All models also feature full LED lighting, while the S and Black Star models also enjoy uprated suspension, daytime running lights, machined mirrors and the Ducati Multimedia System.
At £21,295, the Black Star carries a £600 premium over the S and the manufacturer says that the styling has been inspired by sports cars. There’s a matt grey and black livery, with red detailing throughout – including the cam covers – and a fancy high-grip suede seat.
The Black Star version also has a 2kg weight saving over the S thanks to its unique forged wheels, which are entirely machined and wrapped in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III tyres – with a huge 240 section rear.
All three updated XDiavels will be available from Ducati dealerships later this month.
Scrambler gets the Nightshift
Ducati has also updated its ever-popular 800cc Scrambler range to meet Euro5 regs and brings along a host of new variants, most of which are also using up Bologna’s stocks of black paint.
The gloriously titled Scrambler Nightshift is a city bike with a factory custom vibe, utilising narrow and straight handlebars with café racer mirrors, a new flat saddle and a swingarm mounted rear number plate.
The ever popular Scrambler Desert Sled model also gets new colours, featuring a new Sparkling Blue livery but retaining the signature gold wheels. The base Icon model remains in the range too, with its traditional classic red and yellow colour options.