Ducati has celebrated its partnership with AMG by producing the Diavel AMG Special Edition, inspired by the German maker’s unmistakeable styling. Combining exclusivity with high performance, the Diavel AMG Special Edition is the perfect synthesis of two unequalled brands with a shared passion for exceptional achievement, unique design and conscientious attention to detail.
The unmistakeable design of the Diavel Carbon is enhanced by refined AMG-inspired, branded sport features. The Diavel AMG Special Edition features: splendid forged 5-spoke wheels, carbon fibre air vents with aluminium trimming, an all-new sports exhaust and a seat with horizontally ribbed seat upholstered in Alcantara®. Frame, tank and passenger seat cover are in the AMG’s Diamond White, contrasting assertively with the opaque black of the carbon fibre. Further underlining the model’s exclusivity, each bike is numbered and will have a plate mounted on the engine carrying the signature of the worker who manually calibrated the Desmodromic system timing.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Ducati Diavel AMG.
The Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system is an electronic interface between the Diavel’s twistgrip and engine, which configures an ideal power response depending on the riding mode selected. The twistgrip no longer has a throttle cable connected directly to the throttle body butterflies, but instead delivers a signal to a control unit, which in turn operates the butterfly opening electronically. The RbW system uses three different mappings to regulate the power delivery: 162hp with a sports-type delivery 162hp with a progressive delivery suitable for touring 100hp with progressive delivery for city use
With its 162hp and colossal 94lb-ft (127.5Nm) of torque, the Diavel Testastretta 11° engine is all about authentic Ducati Desmodromic performance. The revised intake and exhaust ports combined with radical adjustment of the cam timing have enabled Ducati to achieve a fantastic torque curve at low rpm, which remains strong through a wider rev-range. The increase in bottom-end torque is managed by Ducati’s Ride-by-Wire (RbW) system to considerably enhance the Diavel’s effortless ridability, while ensuring plenty of power remains on tap for high-rpm riding.
The technical solution employed for keeping the frontal lines of the Diavel clean was to place two highly efficient lateral radiators on both sides of the bike. These well-ducted units, located beneath the fuel tank, use aerodynamics to help draw air flow through the radiators and are assisted by high-flow electric fans when required. The design combines form and function to enhance the muscular shape of the bike.
The Diavel AMG’s lateral radiator grills are made of carbon fibre with aluminium trims.
The Diavel uses 50mm Marzocchi front forks with fork sliders black-finished in super low-friction diamond-like carbon (DLC). These forks are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping. The forks are gripped by a slash-cut triple-clamp - cast aluminium for the lower and forged for the upper - with a rubber-mounted riser to tapered alloy bars. With a rake of 28°, trail of 130mm (5.12in) and an offset of 24mm (0.945in), the set-up provides a sure-footed and agile front-end for incredible handling and 70° of total steering lock for maximum manoeuvrability.
The long, die-cast aluminium, single-sided swingarm provides great “feel” at the rear-end with a wheelbase of 1590mm (62.6in) and a stance that provides lean angles of up to 41°.
The Diavel AMG Special Edition features AMG design 5-spoke rims, forged and machine finished, allowing for a significant 2.5kg weight reduction. The wheel design is topped off with the AMG signature and sophisticated natural aluminium effect contrasted with the black finish.
The Diavel have a Sachs rear suspension unit slung low under the chassis in a horizontal position, operated by a progressive pull-rod linkage from the swingarm. Adjustable in compression and rebound damping, the unit uses a handy control for easy spring pre-load adjustment.
The racing-derived Ducati Traction Control (DTC) is a highly intelligent system which acts as a filter between the rider’s right hand and the rear tyre. Within milliseconds, DTC is able to detect and control rear wheel-spin, considerably increasing the bike’s active safety and performance. The system offers eight levels of “sensitivity”, each programmed with an amount of rear wheel-spin tolerance. These levels are in line with progressive levels of riding skills classified from one to eight. Level one is programmed to offer the least amount of interaction for sport-oriented riders, while level eight uses the most amount of interaction for complete confidence. DTC levels are factory pre-set in each of the three Riding Modes, but can be individually customised and saved to suit the rider by accessing the new user-friendly set-up menu. A “default”option is available to easily return all settings to factory pre-sets.
The Diavel is equipped with the latest, most compact, Ducati Bosch-Brembo ABS system as original equipment, providing a major contribution towards performance control. Top Brembo components combined with Bosch ABS, the special Diavel chassis configuration and Pirelli’s Enhanced Patch Technology (EPT) result in a braking performance even greater than that of the awesome Ducati Superbikes.
Carbon fibre is used for the tank panels, single-seat cover and front mudguard to reduce weight and apply a race-like feature that runs deep in the DNA of Ducati.
|ENGINE TYPE||Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled|
|BORE X STROKE||106 x 67.9mm|
|POWER 162hp||(119kW) @ 9500rpm|
|TORQUE 94lb-ft||(127.5Nm) @ 8000rpm|
|FUEL INJECTION||Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with RbW|
|EXHAUST||Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminium mufflers. Features a sport exhaust system (approved for EU countries only)|
|RATIO||1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1|
|FINAL DRIVE||Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43|
|CLUTCH||Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run|
|FRAME||Tubular steel Trellis frame|
|FRONT SUSPENSION||Marzocchi DLC coated 50mm fully adjustable usd forks|
|FRONT WHEEL TRAVEL||120mm (4.7in)|
|FRONT WHEEL||Marchesini forged and machined 5-spoke 3.50 x 17|
|FRONT TYRE||120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II|
|REAR SUSPENSION||Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm|
|REAR WHEEL TRAVEL||120mm (4.7in)|
|REAR WHEEL||Marchesini forged and machined 5-spoke 8.00 x 17|
|REAR TYRE||240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II|
|FRONT BRAKE||2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston with ABS|
|REAR BRAKE||265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||17l - (4.5US gal)|
|WET WEIGHT||234kg (516lb)|
|DRY WEIGHT||205kg (452lb)|
|INSTRUMENTS||Handlebar mounted instrumentation with LCD display: speed, rpm, time, coolant temp. Warning lights for: Neutral, turn signals, high-beam, rev-limit, DTC intervention, ABS status, oil pressure, fuel reserve. Tank mounted instrumentation with TFT colour display: gear selected, air temp, battery voltage, trips 1 & 2, fuel reserve trip, average and actual fuel consumption, average speed, trip time, scheduled maintenance. Full status and/or management of Riding Modes, DTC, RbW and ABS|
|WARRANTY||2 years unlimited mileage|
|BODY COLOUR (FRAME/WHEEL)||AMG Diamond White Bright and Matt Carbon (AMG Diamond White Bright / black)|
|SEAT HEIGHT||770mm (30.3in)|
|DDA||Not available on this model|
Ichinda----"The award-winning Ducati Diavel combines bold design, power and styling which broken sells record in the first year of it’s launch now coming in new Avatar. This special edition of Diavel family is a tribute to the AMG luxury-sport brand."
Ultimate Motorcycling----"The Ducati Mercedes AMG SE is based on the Diavel Carbon, but features AMG’s signature 5-spoke wheel styling, carbon fibre lateral radiator grills with aluminium trim, AMG-style sport exhaust system with engraved end-caps and AMG-style horizontally ribbed seat upholstered in Alcantara."