2023 Ducati Diavel V4

Italy’s third-generation power cruiser gets a new engine and a fresh look.

Ducati has been on a tear with its new V-4 engine, stuffing it into everything from the Panigale V4 R superbike to the Streetfighter (in no less than three variants) to the Multistrada V4 Rally. Surprising as it may seem, now that four-cylinder powerplant has trickled all the way over to the Diavel, the Italian brand’s asphalt-shredding power cruiser, which was proudly displayed at EICMA 2022. As you’d expect, giving the mighty Diavel two extra cylinders boosts its lofty performance figures even higher, but what you might not expect is that the new Diavel V4 weighs less than the previous-gen Diavel 1260 S too. The new model also received a styling update that is likely to be polarizing—you know, just to stay on-brand.

The new model gets fresh styling and is equipped with the 1,158cc V-4 Granturismo engine, pumping out a claimed 168 hp, and 93 lb.-ft. of torque.

But the new Diavel’s key feature is a 1,158cc vee-four mill that’s derived from the V4 in Pangale and Streetfighter, with a claimed output of 168 hp—though you’ll have to spin up to 10,750 rpm to get there. That surpasses the already head-snapping 157 hp of the Gen 2 bike packing the Testastretta DVT L-twin, though torque is down slightly in the V4, going from 95 lb.-ft. on the 1260 S to 93 lb.-ft., at a more accessible 7,500 rpm. And as we’ve seen on previous Ducati V4s, the rear two jugs can be switched off at lower speeds to reduce fuel consumption and lessen heat buildup; doing so results in a different sound character, says Ducati, as the frequencies become higher when all four cylinders are operating.

As with previous Diavels, the massive 240/45 rear tire remains a distinctive element. The wheels are a five-spoke alloy with embellished machined surfaces. The four exhaust exits speak to the Diavel’s new engine architecture.

Attached to the revised aluminum frame is the Diavel’s signature single-sided swingarm (also aluminum) that combined with the lighter engine, results in a weight loss of more than 25 pounds compared to the Diavel 1260 S. The new foundation and more compact engine also makes room for a larger, redesigned gas tank (now 5.3 pounds) as well as a few tweaks to the geometry, with a steeper rake (from 27 degrees previously to 26 degrees) and 4.4 inches of trail; the V4′s wheelbase is also a wee bit more compact than the Diavel 1260′s, at 62.7 inches.

Suspension comes in the form of a beefy, inverted 50mm fork (still fully adjustable) and a fully adjustable monoshock (with slightly increased travel), with the braking system getting an upgrade to supersport-level Brembo Stylema Monoblock calipers acting on 330mm discs to do the stopping up front.

Large dual air scoops integrated into the new fuel tank also serve as a de facto design element.

Up top, seat height goes up a touch to 31.1 inches, while the handlebars are moved 20mm closer to the rider. The new Diavel V4 also enjoys a new 5-inch TFT dash unit to better display its three power modes and four riding modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, and the new Wet). You can also access Bluetooth connectivity and navigation here, as well as manipulating the full suite of electronic rider aids like traction control, ABS cornering, quick shift, and cruise control.

The Diavel V4 also gets new front and rear LED light clusters with a double C shape.

Otherwise the cockpit stays mostly untouched with upright seating and mid-mount foot controls, along with a refined but still wide seat that can be easily transformed into a single-seater with the supplied passenger seat cover. In another neat design touch, the V4′s passenger pegs and rear grab bar can also be retracted to keep the outline clean.

The new Diavel also features a slightly sharper steering angle, with seat height going up a bit as well. Fork is still fully adjustable, while brakes are upgraded to Brembo Stylema units.

Of course, the Diavel has always been known for its polarizing aesthetics, and on that point the V4 does not disappoint. Although Ducati says the new bike draws inspiration from muscle cars and the massive 8-inch rear tire remains a recognizable element, the angular fuel tank also gains larger dual air scoops up front to become a de facto design element. Various bodywork around the radiator and headers is also new, but to our eyes detract somewhat from the cleaner lines we’re used to on previous Diavels.

A removable passenger seat cover comes standard, making it easy to change the Diavel V4 from a two-seater to a solo ride.

The tail is skinnier and sharper too, with a light cluster underneath consisting of a beehive-like array of LEDs, also forming a double “C” shape to match the brand-new DRL front arrangement. As with previous Diavels, the massive 240/45 Pirelli rear tire remains, spooned onto five-spoke alloy wheels.

The front snout and DRL is new but the can’t-miss 240/45 rear tire remains a distinctive element.


DOHC, liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-4; 4 valves/cyl.



Bore x Stroke:

83.0 x 53.5mm

Compression Ratio:


Transmission/Final Drive:


Claimed Horsepower:

168 hp @ 10,750 rpm

Claimed Torque:

93 lb.-ft. @ 7,500 rpm

Fuel System:

EFI w/ 46mm throttle bodies; ride-by-wire


Wet, multiplate w/ slipper action; hydraulic operation


Aluminum monocoque; steel trellis rear frame

Front Suspension:

50mm upside-down fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel

Rear Suspension:

Monoshock, fully adjustable; 5.7 in. travel

Front Brake:

Radially mounted Brembo Stylema Monoblock 4-piston calipers, twin 330mm semi-floating discs w/ Cornering ABS

Rear Brake:

Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, 265mm disc w/ Cornering ABS

Wheels, Front/Rear:

Cast aluminum alloy; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 8.0 in.

Tires, Front/Rear:

Pirelli Diablo Rosso III; 120/70ZR-17 / 240/45ZR-17


26.0°/4.4 in.


62.7 in.

Seat Height:

31.1 in.

Fuel Capacity:

5.3 gal.

Claimed Dry Weight:

465 lb.

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