In what could only be called an unusual pairing of two Volkswagen Group brands, Ducati and Bentley unveiled the Ducati Diavel for Bentley, a limited-edition motorbike at an exclusive event at Art Basel in Miami Beach. A mere 500 copies will be built, with an additional 50 Ducati Diavel for Bentley Mulliner units.
The new motorcycle is based on the Ducati Diavel, which is powered by a 1,158-cc V4 Granturismo engine that produces 168 horsepower. But, as you may have guessed, it’s heavily modified with visual alterations that tip their helmet to the 730-horsepower Bentley Batur, the most powerful production Bentley ever built.
The Ducati Diavel for Bentley is painted Scarab Green with many parts that seem as if they were pulled from the car. Check out the forged rims, finished in a mix of machine-metal and Dark Titanium Satin. And you’ll swear that the Batur’s two-tone grille was transferred directly to the Diavel’s side air intakes. And the Batur’s influence can be seen in the triangular rear extractors and the single-seater tail, which can be replaced with a passenger seat. And there’s boatloads of carbon fiber, including the fenders, headlamp cover, engine, exhaust and radiator covers, radiator shrouds, side panels and the tail piece. Even the seat looks as if it were cut from the car’s cabin.
Yet if you’re a Bentley Mulliner customer, you have access to one of the 50 Ducati Diavel for Bentley Mulliner motorbikes that will be built. Popping for one of these means you can work with designers at the Centro Stile Ducati to choose the color of the saddle, front brake calipers, carbon fiber parts and rims. And you just might want to match your Diavel’s body color to your Bentley. Then again, you can also choose one from an exclusive palette by Mulliner.
All of the limited-edition motorbikes come in an exclusive wooden case, and come with a certificate of authenticity, a passenger seat and a motorcycle cover. Each one also has the model name and production number on a plate on the right side of the motorbike. There’s even an exclusive lifestyle collection open only to Ducati Diavel for Bentley buyers, so they can complete their look with a matching jet helmet and a technical jacket in matching colors. While prices were not revealed, adding a Ducati to your garage along a Bentley seems far more tempting that buying some of the art being sold in America’s premiere seaside resort art fair.