We’ll refrain from claiming scoop like every other site but these are pretty special nevertheless. A reader sent us these photos of what looks to be an early prototype of the new Ducati Diavel that Ducati will reveal next month in Milan at the EICMA show. Taken almost 18 months ago in Los Angeles, the bike was being crated up for a trip back to Europe.
According to our source, the bike had been in the US to have a custom swing arm fitted before heading back to Europe. The non running machine had only exhaust headers fitted. Presumably the machine was an early prototype or perhaps a customized model Ducati wanted to create.
When compared to the most recent spy shot of a (presumably) near production ready Diavel, there are considerable differences. The headlight is smaller on this bike and a front mounted radiator is shrouded in mesh. The tail section is different and clearly has a single seat cover over the pillion pad. An Ohlins rear shock is in evidence. The blacked out engine based on the Testastretta 11º powerplant in the Multistrada 1200 is clearly on show and looks good!
Models obviously evolve as they progress towards production so it is interesting to see where Ducati was coming from. What do you think? Do you prefer this look or the likely final product (or perhaps neither)?
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