The truth is that one would be hard-pressed to find the connection between Bentley and Ducati for all the obvious and less obvious reasons. The two companies, however, decided to collaborate by co-signing a “two-wheeled work of art” as they call it, the Ducati Diavel for Bentley.
In a way, the project has two starting points, as its basis is the well-known Ducati Diavel V4, which, however, following the collaboration of the design offices of the two companies, incorporates in its aesthetics and aura elements from the relatively recent and extremely rare – only 18 were built – Bentley Batur of two million euros and curated by Mulliner who chose this way to open a window to the design future of the British brand.
So the Diavel gets air intakes and a fuel tank that clearly refer to the exuberant Batur while the same is true for the overall more muscular lines of its hull and the color options.
The design of the wheels, which adopt a similar pattern to the four-wheeled GT of the British, obeys the same reasoning. The saddle bears the Bentley emblem while the red stitching is also found in the interior of the Batur. Details also designed with Batur in mind include the twin exhaust tips as well as the wheel fenders, lamp cover and radiator made from carbon fiber.
The above features will be an exclusive privilege of 500 production units of the Ducati Diavel for Bentley, however there will be another 50 units which will be curated by Mulliner, which in turn will give potential buyers of the two-wheelers the opportunity to choose from the standard ones, colors for the saddle, brake calipers, more carbon fiber detailing or to completely change the color of the bike to match the Bentley they already own.
Of course, each copy will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, while those who choose it will be able to obtain a helmet and jacket that will match the shades of the motorcycle. It should be noted that the initial price of the Ducati Diavel for Bentley (around 68,000 euros) is more than double that of the “simple” Ducati Diavel V4, while the Mulliner versions will be even more expensive.