The Ducati XDiavel Nera is a ridiculously fast motorcycle that has an uber-luxe handcrafted throne for a seat


Churning out limited-edition versions has been a hot trend in the high-end automobile manufacturing industry for several years now. It offers manufacturers a very lucrative opportunity to keep a product fresh in the market without having to make major updates. We’ve seen carmakers like Bugatti effectively use this approach. Ducati has also adopted this extremely profitable strategy to collaborate with other brands and release limited-edition models that sell out in no time. The Italian manufacturer revealed several special edition versions based on the XDiavel, including the Black and Steel edition and the stunning Lamborghini Sian-themed version. Continuing in the same direction, Ducati has lifted the veil off its newest special edition XDiavel, this time created in collaboration with renowned Italian interior-maker Poltrona Frau. Dubbed the XDiavel Nera, the ultra-luxe version of Ducati’s sports cruiser is limited to just 500 units worldwide.


The Ducati XDiavel Nera made its public debut via the Ducati World Première web series that was launched last year to reveal the manufacturer’s newest motorcycles. The highlight of the Nera edition is its bespoke seat handcrafted by Poltrona Frau. The fellow Italian brand is renowned for crafting high-end leather armchairs, Ferrari and Maserati interior trim, and fashion accessories. Nera’s unique seat features Poltrona Frau’s leather treatments that make it soft yet very durable. Customers will get to choose from five distinct colors: classic Poltrona Frau Siam Red, Steel Blue, Concrete Gray, India Brown, and Selva Green. All versions are double stitched and feature a laser-engraved ‘X’ pattern. Additionally, there are a bunch of accompanying accessories wrapped in matching leather, which includes a special key fob, document folder, and a small backrest for the passenger.


The brightly-colored seats along with red-colored brake calipers contrast the black and gray look of the muscular XDiavel, which largely remains unchanged from the standard model. That means the motorcycle is still powered by the same 1262cc 90-degree V-twin that is capable of putting out 160hp and 93.7 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to make the sports cruiser feel like a rocket on two wheels. The electronic suite is also unaltered, which gets top-shelf components and features. Pricing starts at $29,795 in the US and the dealerships have already started taking orders. Deliveries are scheduled to start in March 2022.

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