Ducati's motorcycles are famous for their performance, and the Italian bike maker's DraXter concept at the Verona Motor Bike Expo in Italy shows that even the XDiavel cruiser would look perfect as a track machine with the right tweaks. The cycle takes inspiration from two-wheeled drag racers, and its minimalist shape appears ready to shoot down the strip even sitting still.

The DraXter comes from the minds in the Ducati Design Center's Advanced Design area, and its mission is to imagine the look of the brand's future motorcycles. The goal for this concept is to add sporty cues to the XDiavel, and part of that transformation involves taking off parts unnecessary for the drag strip, like the mirrors. They also install the suspension and brakes from the Panigale Superbike for additional performance.

Ducati introduced the standard XDiavel at last year's EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The low-slung cruiser exudes relaxed style and uses the company's 1,262cc two-cylinder Testastretta engine with 156 horsepower.

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22 January 2016 Ducati Motor Holding 2016

Ducati to attend the Motor Bike Expo of Verona with the XDiavel and all-new draXter concept bike

Motor Bike Expo, to be held in Verona from 22 to 24 January, offers the perfect showcase for the new Ducati cruiser world

An original styling project by the Ducati Design Center to be exhibited

This sports interpretation of the XDiavel world has been named the draXter

Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 22 January 2016 – At the coming Motor Bike Expo of Verona (22-24 January) Ducati will be exhibiting a further addition to its XDiavel cruiser world, the all-new draXter. This "concept bike" interprets the XDiavel world from a sports viewpoint. The project was developed by the Ducati Design Center's Advanced Design area, a section dedicated to exploring the future style and design concepts of Ducati motorcycles.

Their ideas and sketches have allowed the Ducati prototype department to come up with the draXter, starting from a standard production XDiavel. The beating heart of the draXter is that of an extreme dragster with premium racing componentry. This is particularly evident, for example, in the suspension and brakes, taken directly from the Panigale Superbike. This styling exercise has accentuated the lines and proportions of the XDiavel making them more extreme than ever and turning the draXter into a unique, breath-taking "racer".

The number 90 on the side of the Ducati draXter recalls the racing world, yet also pays homage to Ducati's 90th anniversary, being celebrated this year.

The draXter, like all the new XDiavel cruiser bikes, will be at the Motor Bike Expo, on the Ducati stand (Hall 4 Stand 23 C), until Sunday 24 January. In addition to the unprecedented concept bike and XDiavel and XDiavel S factory bikes, visitors will also be able to take a look at the brand's new Cruiser range of accessories and apparel.

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