In July 2012, Lamborghini acquired Ducati. You might be forgiven for wondering quite what the tie-up was for, beyond propping up a few Panigales near the Huracáns at each major motor show. Something which we’d have been fine with, to be honest.
But now the motor shows have taken a hiatus, we get something altogether more tangible to represent a relationship between two of Italy’s most evocative names. This is the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini, and to all intents and purposes it’s a two-wheeled Sián supercar. In aesthetic terms, at least.
In Lamborghini’s words, this special edition – of which 630 will be made – “transfers the core concepts of the Sián FKP 37 to the motorcycle world, redesigning the components that most characterise the Diavel”.
There are new forged wheels and there’s carbon aplenty, the lightweight material used for the air intakes, headlight frame, tank and seat cover, mud guards and a whole lot else. The Diavel also wears the same green ‘n’ gold colour scheme as the Sián, while the 63s denote the year Lamborghini was founded. It’s also the number of Siáns that have been produced.
It doesn’t gain anything like the 807bhp of the V12 hybrid car it apes, but with 159bhp powering 244kg – and yielding a sub-10sec quarter-mile – it ought to be quick enough given its low wheel count. Like it?