2021 Ducati XDiavel Range Gets Euro 5 Updates, But Not in North America

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

New XDiavel Black Star variant added to US range

Ducati has updated its XDiavel range to meet Euro 5, adding two new variants for 2021: XDiavel Dark and XDiavel Black Star (pictured above). The good news: the Euro 5 update adds 8 hp to the XDiavel’s claimed power figures. The bad news: only countries where the emission standard is in place will get the update, meaning countries like the U.S. will not see a performance increase. Further bad news: the XDiavel Black Star will not be offered in North America.

UPDATED Dec. 16, 2020: Ducati North America announced the XDiavel Black Star WILL be coming to the U.S. and Canada. Only 50 individually numbered units will be sold here. Pricing starts at US$25,995 in the U.S. and CA$28,995 in Canada.

The returning XDiavel S will be returning for all markets, while the Dark model will essentially replace the regular base line XDiavel model. For North America, that means the 2021 lineup will only include the XDiavel S and XDiavel Dark, both at last year’s performance levels.

Getting the XDiavel to satisfy Euro 5 standards proved to be relatively easy, as Ducati simply replaced the silencer with a new design derived from the Diavel 1260’s exhaust. Ducati then recalibrated the engine, so the 2021 XDiavel line’s Testastretta DVT engine now claims 160 hp at 9500 rpm and 93.7 lb-ft. at 5000 rpm. For customers in North America and other non-Euro 5 markets, the XDiavel’s engine will remain at the 2020 model’s claimed 152 hp and 92.9 lb-ft. (including the Black Star version).

The Euro 5 models receive a stacked exhaust design based on the Diavel 1260’s. In North America, both the XDiavel S and XDiavel Dark will get the old design with the horizontally-aligned exhaust.

The XDiavel Dark adopts a matt black paint and a blacked-out engine and frame. It lacks the S model’s machined cast wheels and the Ducati Multimedia system, and makes do with M4.32 Brembo calipers instead of the S model’s M50 brakes. Ironically, with a claimed 545 pound curb weight, it’s 4 pounds lighter than the S model.

In other markets, Ducati will offer the XDiavel Black Star with its sports car-inspired gray and matt black color with red highlights include red cylinder head covers. The Black Star also features a suede seat fabric, forged and machined light alloy wheels, and Brembo M50s.

All versions of the XDiavel come with a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), a Bosch-Brembo ABS 9.1 MP Cornering braking system, traction control, launch control, cruise control, LED lighting, and a 3.5″ TFT display. The Black Star and S models receive forks treated with a diamond-like coating and a Bluetooth-compatible infotainment system.

In the U.S., the 2021 Ducati XDiavel Dark starts at $19,999, while the S model is priced at $24,695.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Imtoomuch Imtoomuch on Nov 12, 2020

    Thankfully! We don't need the extra emissions equipment.

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    • Imtoomuch Imtoomuch on Nov 12, 2020

      You ASSumed. I’ll care about motorcycle emissions when the world really cares about emissions.

  • Denchung Denchung on Dec 16, 2020

    UPDATE: Ducati North America announced the Black Star version will be coming to the US and Canada after all.