Bologna is pretty busy this time of the year as Ducati has been premiering new bikes left and right. After introducing new versions of the Panigale V4 and Streetfighter V4 for the 2023 model year, it’s time for Ducati’s cruiser bike to get a significant update.
The 2023 Ducati Diavel has made its world premiere and it now comes with the V4 subfix for its moniker. Why? That’s because it has adopted a new 1,158cc V4 Granturismo engine that was derived from the Desmosedici Stradale V4 from the Panigale V4. In the Diavel, it makes 168hp and 126Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm, allowing the cruiser to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds.
Apart from that, the new V4 engine comes with a deactivation system for the rear two cylinders – to reduce fuel consumption and emissions when running at low speeds and at stops. There are four riding modes with this cruiser: Sport, Touring, Urban, and Wet, which adjust cornering ABS, traction control, and wheelie control in varying degrees.
Keeping bumps at bay, the 2023 Diavel V4 has a 50mm fully adjustable front fork and rear monoshock suspension setup. The Brembo Stylema brake calipers take care of stopping, paired with 330mm brake discs. The bike is also now 29 lbs lighter than the Diavel 1290 S, with a dry weight of 492 pounds. The seat height is also very approachable at 790mm.
As a cruiser, the Diavel has a neutral and comfortable seating position, with mid-mounted footpegs and high handlebars. Ducati says that major maintenance occurs at 37,000-mile (59,546-kilometer) intervals.
Technology-wise, the Diavel V4 comes with a 5-inch TFT display, complete with multimedia and Bluetooth connectivity. You also get cruise control, launch control, and a quick shifter as standard features. Turn-by-turn navigation is available as a paid option.
Ducati is offering the Diavel in Ducati Red and Thrilling Black colorways, but of course, that will depend on the country, as are the specs and availability of features. As for the price, we have yet to see the actual pricing here in the Philippines but American buyers will be able to buy one for $26,695 (or around P1.5 million) starting in spring 2023.