The collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Ducati is beginning to bear fruit as the Bologna-based motorcycle company launched its first AMG enhanced model at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The Diavel AMG Special Edition is inspired by the unmistakable design of the AMG performance brand, which Ducati hope will imbue their range with a mixture of exclusivity and bahn-storming performance.
The Diavel AMG Special Edition is the first Ducati motorbike incorporating another company’s design elements, and as such forms part of the strategy being pursued by AMG and Ducati since both brands entered into a cooperation agreement in November 2010.
Based on the Ducati Diavel Carbon, the look of the Diavel AMG Special Edition has been further refined with attributes reminiscent of Mercedes-AMG high-performance cars including AMG-look forged wheels, aluminium air deflectors in the carbon-fibre panels on the side-mounted radiators, a newly developed sports exhaust system as well as bench seat finished in perforated Alcantara.
The frame, tank and rear bench seat cover are finished in diamond white metallic BRIGHT, the colour of the CLS 63 AMG, creating a stylish contrast to the matt, iridescent carbon fibre.
Like every Ducati, the Diavel AMG Special Edition is hand finished with a badge on the left engine block, bearing the signature of the technician who calibrated the desmodromic valve – just as you’ll find on every AMG road car.
The wheels, bench seat and rear silencers of the sports exhaust system bear the AMG logo, whilst each of the side air inlet ducts feature laser-engraved AMG lettering. The Ducati Diavel AMG Special Edition will be available from the start of 2012, priced at £20,495 – which makes it the cheapest way of buying into the AMG brand, but a rather expensive bike.