The engine is a retuned version of the 1,198.4 cc (73.13 cu in) Testastretta
from the 1198
now called the Testastretta 11° for its 11° valve overlap (reduced from 41°).
Styling for the Diavel was developed in-house, although the project
began under the leadership of Ducati’s previous design chief, Pierre Terblanche
, who commissioned Glynn Kerr
designer and design columnist for Motorcycle Consumer News
, to produce the initial concept sketches.
In the US, most Diavel buyers appear to be existing riders age 50 and
over, with more women than usual attracted to the bike, and some Harley-Davidson
owners, especially V-Rod
riders, trading for the new Ducati power cruiser