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Ducati shows its wild side with the draXter concept bike

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The Ducati draXter that was unveiled at the Verona motor show is a show bike which is the sporty interpretation of the XDiavel world.

Unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo of Verona 2016, the draXter project was created in the Advanced Design area of the Ducati Style Centre, where the style and concepts of Ducati bikes of the future are born.

The ideas and drawings which come from the Ducati Style Centre have allowed the prototype department of Ducati to create the draXter, using the XDiavel series as the starting point.

The spirit of the draXter is the one of an extreme dragster, with racing components of the highest level. For example, the suspensions and brakes are those of the Panigale Superbike. The lines and proportions of the XDiavel become even more extreme and make the draXter a unique sports bike which will take your breath away.
The Ducati draXter
Its main qualities are already clear from the name. The DraXter is based on the XDiavel and takes the sports concept to an extreme. Its development has seen the direct involvement of the Ducati Design Center, the place in which the style and concepts relating to Ducati bikes come to life. It is there that the DraXter took shape, as Gianandrea Fabbro, responsible for Advanced Design, explains.

"To create the XDiavel we took inspiration form the American motorcycle culture, also in terms of how to interpret performance in the absolute sense," Fabbro sid.

"A world in which the sports concept is always associated with spectacular dimensions and where "racing" is also synonymous with "show". For this reason, in creating the DraXter, it was just natural to consider drag races, so trendy in the USA: in those races everything is taken to the extreme in order to achieve pure performance, a rocket start off the line right up to maximum speed.
The Ducati draXter
In doing this, however, we have made full use of our technical resources, in the sense that we turned directly to Ducati Corse for the components!" It is important to underline that the DraXter, though inspired by a US phenomenon, was designed in full respect of Ducati's sporting tradition, demonstrated by the fact that the brakes and suspension come from the Panigale Superbike no less!

"Our desire was to celebrate that world with a strong and extreme representation of our values - continues Fabbro - and from this point of view the XDiavel has undergone a significant transformation, showing extraordinary versatility. Basically the bike has become pure aggressiveness, also thanks to significant work in terms of set-up, which now sees greater load at the front."

So with the DraXter, the Ducati Design Center wanted to highlight the point to which customisation of the XDiavel can be taken, capturing the imagination of all the enthusiasts.

"The final goal with this special edition is to demonstrate what it is possible to do with a base such as the XDiavel. For the rest, the structure of the bike, that is the frame, swing-arm and tank, is identical to that of the production model, but the aesthetic impact is totally different. To put it metaphorically, the DraXter is like a sort of short circuit applied to the XDiavel world."
The Ducati draXter
Considering its strong ties to the racing world, the DraXter had to have a race number. The number 90 was chosen and if you are asking yourself why, here's Gianandrea's reply.

"Ducati was founded on 4 July 1926, and so celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2016. It seemed the best way to celebrate this important milestone, and is the first of a series of initiatives with which we'll pay homage to the company over the course of the year."

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