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Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Motorcycles: Ducati XDiavel

Ronald Ahrens

The XDiavel’s 1,262 cc, 156 hp L-twin engine thunders at low speed but croons as it nears 10,000 rpm. The Power Launch feature keeps the front wheel on the ground and prevents the enormous rear tire from spinning, while the smooth-shifting 6-speed gearbox and carbon-fiber-reinforced drive belt ensure uninterrupted power delivery. On a mountain road, the XDiavel proves nimble thanks to the ingenious rear swing-arm suspension. The adjustable riding position guarantees comfort, and the bright TFT screen displays the riding mode (Sport, Touring, or Urban). 

  • The bike’s Testastretta Desmodromic Variable Timing engine produces 156 hp at 9,500 rpm.
  • The XDiavel S variant (starting at $22,995) recently won the prestigious Red Dot Award for design. It features machine-finished parts and a gloss-black fuel tank with a matte-black stripe and red pin-striping.
  • The hands-free starting feature eliminates the frustration of fumbling for an ignition key with a gloved hand. 

Ducati, ducati.com (starting at $19,995) 

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