Perhaps, not quite as exciting as the new line of Hypermotards, Ducati showed new versions of its established Diavel and Panigale lines at EICMA last week.
The Diavel Strada will be priced at $19,495 when it hits U.S. dealers as a 2013 model. This is the surprisingly agile and fast, funky cruiser tweaked for touring duty with even taller handlebars and new seat with passenger backrest for added comfort on longer rides. Together with removable saddlebags and heated grips, Ducati also bumped alternator output to support all the electrical necessities of touring.
The new version of the Panigale designated “Panigale R” is the homologation for WSB racing and, appropriately, engine internals are lightened and the rev limit is raised, while new engine management software and a Termignoni full exhaust (titanium, of course) round out a package adding substantial horsepower to the already wickedly fast standard model.
Chassis changes include a new adjustable swingarn pivot and weight-reducing carbon fiber bits. These team up with Ducati Electronic Suspension, and the Ducati Data Acquisition system. You will pay dearly for all this exotic goodness, of course, . . . to the tune of $29,995.