Ducati launched the first-generation Diavel in 2011, and ever since its fan following has only grown. Ducati got everything spot on with this. A few years later, in 2015 the second-generation Diavel was introduced and named XDiavel. Now, Ducati is working on the third-generation of this amazing motorcycle, and its first spy shot just got out.

The test mule is wearing camouflage sheets, as expected, and seems to be in the early stages of development and testing. However, there are certain elements on this test bike that reveal a few facts about this new bike.

The low-slung exhaust is similar to what we’ve seen in the XDiavel. The engine casing looks similar as well. This could mean that the frame of the next-gen Diavel could be borrowed from the XDiavel. Therefore, we can expect to see the 1,262cc Testastretta DVT engine on the new bike. It’s the same unit that powers the XDiavel and Multistrada 1260. It produces 152 bhp of max power and 126 Nm of peak torque.

The prototype here also appears to be sharing the LED headlamp of the XDiavel. The riding position here is quite similar to that of the Diavel because of the position of the foot pegs. The wheels also come from the Diavel. What is new here is the swingarm.

It is being speculated that Ducati is planning to showcase the next-gen Diavel at the 2018 EICMA show in Nov. However, this revelation wouldn’t be for everyone but would take place in a sealed room for only select personalities. Of course, there wouldn’t be any cameras allowed.

The way things are moving forward it is still too early to expect to see the production-ready model any time soon. Perhaps, it is going to be a 2020 Diavel and not 2019. Ducati has not said a word about all this.