With the announcement of the intended acquisition of Ducati by Volkswagen’s Audi Group, the first and now only collaboration between erstwhile special friends Ducati and AMG, the Diavel AMG Special Edition, is going to be a rare beast indeed. Despite some interweb chatter that the model would never come to fruition, the first examples are being delivered now.
It was only in September 2011 that the new Diavel AMG special edition was first announced. Following the AMG sponsorship of the Ducati MotoGP team first announced at the 2010 Los Angeles Motorshow, the AMG Diavel was the first and now only material fruit of the co-marketing deal.
Unlike the Ducati Monster Diesel 1100EVO, which is essentially just a paint job and badge, Ducati and AMG tried to do a little more for the Diavel collaboration.
Based upon the Diavel Carbon, the Diavel AMG Special Edition features AMG’s signature 5-spoke wheel styling, carbon fibre lateral radiator grills with aluminium trim, AMG-style sport exhaust system with engraved end-caps and AMG-style horizontally ribbed seat upholstered in Alcantara.
In a nod to the usual hotrodding found on four wheel AMG’s the cam timing was dialed in by hand, part of the process of blueprinting an engine which ensures it performs to specification by removing as much as possible production tolerances.
The model’s incredible attention to performance detail also ensures that every engine has its Desmodromic cam-timing set by hand and authenticated with the name of the engine technician engraved on the left-side engine casing.
Just like with the cars, you want to have a thick wallet since the Ducati Diavel AMG SE comes at a fairly hefty premium of $6,500 over and above the Diavel Carbon that its based on.
That may now seem like chump change as this model is likely to be one of the smallest runs in Ducati history as the company moves to shed its connection to AMG (the Ducati – AMG split was announced immediately following the Audi acquisition news). Our sources say that only bikes that are already pre-ordered will be delivered.
We had heard from some of our readers who had ordered a bike, and were concerned about it even being built. Those fears can be assuaged as the first bikes are being delivered now as the photos below care of Redline Performance Motorsports indicate.
To our eyes the rarest of Diavels is also the most attractive!
FG_AUTHORS: Mark Morrison