Created as the first collaboration between two Italian brands, the Ducati Diavel 1260 Lamborghini pays homage to the Sian FKP 37 hybrid supercar.
In 2012, Volkswagen bought Ducati, adding another Italian icon to its impressive portfolio, which already included Lamborghini and Bugatti, as well as Porsche, Bentley and Audi.
The headquarters of the companies are located about 20 kilometers apart on a short stretch between Bologna and Ferrari’s hometown, Modena, which is the heart of the Italian motor valley. It seems surprising that Ducati and Lamborghini have never worked together on a common project before. At the same time, ironically, the owner of Ducati on paper is Automobili Lamborghini SpA.
The inspiration for this build was the 800 hp (597 kW) Sian FKP 37, Lamborghini’s first ever hybrid car, which was unveiled in 2019 in honor of the late Ferdinand Piech, who passed away a few months earlier as chairman of the VW Group. Only 63, emblematic of the company’s founding year (1963), were built, and they quickly sold out for US$2 million apiece, as did the 19 Sian open-top roadsters that were made a year later.
The Diavel was the obvious choice and Ducati built it around a more powerful version of the 1260 S with a 162 hp engine. (121 kW), Ohlins adjustable suspension and fully electronic unit. Without changing the mechanical setup of the standard Diavel, the designers of both brands collaborated to create a visual connection between motorcycle and car, starting with two central elements: wheels and colors.
Centro Stile Lamborghini has made sure this Diavel has the same “Gea Green” color as the Sian, with the addition of “Electrum Gold” hues on the rims and trellis frame.
Ducati replaced almost everything in the standard bodywork with carbon fiber parts, including air intakes, center tank cap, mudguards, exhaust cap, seat, headlight frame and engine spoiler. This explains why the Lamborghini version weighs one kilo less than the Diavel 1260S.
Diavel 1260 Lamborghini will be produced in a limited edition of only 630 motorcycles. That’s 10 times more than the Sian FKP 37 cars were produced. The bike definitely won’t carry the seven-figure hypercar price, but will require a substantial premium due to its collectible nature, unique parts like Lamborghini-style wheels, and an abundance of custom-made carbon parts.
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Ducati does not mention delivery times and suggests that interested parties contact their local dealers for more information. In any case, the experience of the previous factory habits of Italian manufacturers — not only Ducati, but also Aprilia and MV Agusta — tells us that the models sell out pretty quickly, regardless of the price tags.