New 2022 Ducati XDiavel Nera

Ducati revealed a new limited edition XDiavel produced in conjunction with Italian furniture and interior design house Poltrona Frau. The 2022 Ducati XDiavel Nera will be available in a numbered run of 500 units, priced at US$29,795. That’s a hefty $4,200 premium over the XDiavel S.

An interior design studio may seem like an odd choice to collaborate on a motorcycle. Ducati’s actually working with Poltrona Frau’s Interiors in Motion Business Unit, a division that focuses on leather interiors for automotive, aviation and rail vehicles, which makes a bit more sense.

Making less sense is what the extra 42 Benjamins get you: a black-on-black livery plus a special leather saddle.

The seat is constructed of a hand-crafted soft natural leather called “Pelle Frau.” Poltrona Frau says the material undergoes a specific tanning process to provide breathability, plux rub and stain resistance. The XDiavel Nera’s seats are laser-engraved with an “X” pattern and come in a choice of five colors: Siam Red, Steel Blue, Cemento (gray), India (orange) and Selva (green).

The Nera comes with the standard seat as well as a wider comfort saddle and a backrest, all in the same color of Pelle Frau leather. All 500 XDiavel Nera models will also come with an exclusive key ring and a Pelle Frau document holder.

The black-on-black livery is highlighted by engine head covers and brake calipers in Ducati Red, paired with machined forged rims painted a glossy black. The XDiavel Nera can also be ordered with a dedicated helmet in a similar black-on-black motif.

The Nera is otherwise similar to the regular XDiavel S, featuring a Testrastretta DVT 1262 engine, steel trellis chassis, belt drive, and 240mm-wide rear tire.

The 2022 Ducati XDiavel Nera is available for order now, and is due to arrive in dealerships in March. Again, the Nera is priced at $29,795, a premium price over the XDiavel ($25,595), the XDiavel Dark ($20,895) and the XDiavel Black Star ($25,995).

The Nera was revealed in the first of three Ducati World Première online presentations. While we can respect the craftsmanship of a finely made leather seat, we hope the other two, scheduled for March 3 and March 10, will be a bit more interesting.

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