Bentley is famous for being big, fast, powerful and comfortable – just like the Ducati Diaval V4, so the two companies have collaborated to create a very special model limited to 500 units, plus an additional 50 available on to Bentley customers.
Built as a “true two-wheeled work of art”, the new bike has a “striking synthesis of technology, style and performance capable of making enthusiasts’ dream. The bike was revealed to the public with a ‘fuorisalone’ event in the context of the Art Basel week in Miami Beach, the overseas edition of the most prestigious European contemporary art fair.
Ducati tells us the bike is built “On the sophisticated technical base of the high-performance and comfortable Diavel V4, Ducati has integrated many style characterising elements of the Bentley Batur – a limited-series model handcrafted by Bentley – to create a motorcycle unique in terms of elegance and design.
“The Centro Stile Ducati \[Ducati Style Centre], in collaboration with Bentley designers, created a new design for this special motorbike, drawing inspiration from the Batur from which it takes the mainly horizontal lines of the side view. The Scarab Green colour, sophisticated and refined, rich in metallic shades, comes from the Bentley Mulliner palette and is used throughout the bodywork.”
“The decisive and aggressive lines of the Diavel V4 have also been profoundly revised through the technical components: many of the characteristic features of the Batur are taken up in different parts of the bike. The forged rims, designed and created for this motorbike, recall the shapes of those of the car and are painted in Dark Titanium Satin, leaving some machined surfaces visible.
“The side air intakes reflect the two-tone front grille, one of the most recognizable elements of the Batur. The triangular rear extractors refer to the corresponding elements of the car. The front mudguard, the fairing and the upper view of the tank recall the ribs on the front bonnet, while the single-seater tail, which can be replaced with a passenger seat, takes many styling cues from the double-layer extractor on the back of the car.
“The rider’s seat, in black Alcantara, is inspired by the interior of the car, is achieved with precision workmanship that reveals the underlying red fabric with the same texture of that of the Batur seats and with the Bentley logo embroidered on the rear pad. The dual outlet exhaust, with its cover, has been redesigned to harmonize with the refined lines of the bike.
“Batur is Bentley’s most powerful production car ever, with a 740 PS twin-turbo W12 engine, coach-built in just 18 examples. More than that, the Batur combines benchmark Bentley craftsmanship with sculptured, muscular bodywork that defines a new design DNA for Bentley with previews a new design direction for the brand. The visual message communicates great power and elegance, without ostentation or excess. The 18 examples of the Batur are individually hand-crafted by Mulliner, the oldest coachbuilder in the world and Bentley’s in-house bespoke division.
“In addition to the 500 Diavel for Bentley examples, Ducati also offers a series of just 50 examples, called Diavel for Bentley Mulliner. The 50 Diavel for Bentley Mulliners will be available exclusively to Bentley customers, who through direct collaboration with the designers of the Centro Stile Ducati, will be able to configure their Diavel for Bentley Mulliner with different colours for the saddle, front brake calipers, carbon fibre parts and rims. They will also be able to choose the same colour as their car for the bodywork parts or one of those from the exclusive palette selected by the designers of the Crewe company.”