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The 2016 Ducati XDiavel is coming. When? Well, soon, if rumours are to be believed. For the impending arrival of the XDiavel and XDiavel S, Ducati has issued a gallery of photos showing the bike in all its glory.

Ducati has positioned the XDiavel as a “power cruiser”, along the lines of the Yamaha V-Max and Victory Octane. Occupying a niche between laid-back cruisers and out-right sports bikes, power cruisers combine the styling of traditional American V-twins and the power and handling of performance oriented motorcycles.

Running a new liquid-cooled 1,262 cc Testastretta V-twin with its Desmodromic Variable Timing (DVT) system, the engine has a whopping 156 hp at 9,500 rpm and 128 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. With a ride-by-wire with Bosch EFI and 56 mm equivalent diameter oval throttle bodies, it can be safely assumed the 2016 XDiavel will have stump-pulling power throughout its rev range.

With a 247 kg wet weight, light as cruisers go, the XDiavel should handle spirited road-riding well, coupled with the radial Brembo monobloc four-piston M4-32 calipers and radial master cylinder grabbing twin 320 mm floating discs. Cornering ABS comes standard for the bike, as does riding modes, Bosch ABS + DTC, DPL (Ducati Power Launch), cruise control, LED lighting and back-lit handlebar controls.

Coming with belt drive, the 2016 XDiavel represents a divergence of sorts for Ducati that wants this bike to draw in a non-tradtional Ducati fanbase. The base Diavel retails in Malaysia at RM110,999, while the Diavel Stripe goes for RM117,999 and the Diavel Carbon at RM127,999.