January 17, 2024
Ducati Diavel for Bentley sells out despite costing up to £71k
It may have only been released a couple of months ago, but the Ducati Diavel for Bentley has sold out.
Set to be built in 500 units, the special edition bike was derived from the Ducati Diavel V4, and priced at £58,000.
A special edition of this special edition, the Ducati Diavel for Bentley Mulliner, was scheduled to be built in 50 units costing £71,000. These Mulliner versions were only made available to Bentley customers, but have all also been assigned to their respective owners.
The choice of the Diavel V4 as the base bike for this Ducati special edition probably came from the notion that Bentley isn’t the kind of brand you would associate with something called ‘Streetfighter’, which was the model used by Ducati in some of its other special editions, including its collaboration with Lamborghini.
Its name is derived from the Italian for ‘devil’, which doesn’t seem to fit with the stereotypical idea of Bentley, but – let’s be real – the marketing department in Borgo Panigale wasn’t exactly spoiled for choice when trying to find a bike in Ducati’s range that would fit with the image of its British partners.
So, we have Diavel for Bentley, and it’s about what you might expect. Ducati has taken the Diavel V4 base – producing 168bhp from the 1,158cc Granturismo V4, which is also a stressed member of the aluminium monocoque chassis – and painted it in British Racing Green (it’s actually called ‘Scarab Green’, but you know what they’re going for). Job done.
Well, not quite. Aesthetically, the bike’s lines have been somewhat redrawn, reducing aggression and aiming to show similarity with the £1.7 million Bentley Batur, which is the most powerful production car the marque has made. Additionally, the tailpipe on this Diavel has been revised, and now splits the four outlets more overtly into two banks of two, and the intakes on either side of the headlight each have grilles inside that match that of the Batur.