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Denzel Washington reprises his role as the meticulous yet mysterious Robert McCall in “Equalizer 3.” The latest addition to the franchise finds McCall on a vendetta in Italy with all of its picturesque Mediterranean charm. However, motorcycle fans will notice the European take on biker gangs, including a screen-dominating Ducati Diavel 1260 S.

The gangsters in ‘Equalizer 3’ prove that biker gangs aren’t always wall-to-wall Harley-Davidsons

A black Ducati Diavel 1260 S shows off its side profile.
Diavel 1260 S | Ducati

Instead of the lazy, bassy V-Twin bellow of a column of Harley-Davidsons, the criminals in “Equalizer 3” did things differently. Specifically, the gangsters ride a series of European and Japanese bikes, including a wide, aggressive Ducati Diavel 1260 S.

What’s more, the noir aesthetic of the Diavel is a solid two-wheeled pairing for the bad guys in the action movie. Its 240/45ZR-17 rear tire creates the classically cool cruiser look, while the Ducati’s 538-lb curb weight and copious power reserves make for a launch-happy ride. 

It’s apropos for a member of the feared Camorra, the storied criminal organization and undisputed villains of the film. Frankly, it’s the closest thing in Ducati’s lineup to some of Harley-Davidson’s fat-tire boulevard bruisers, like the Breakout or VRSC series. 

However, unlike the comparably anemic Harley-Davidson Breakout, the Ducati Diavel 1260 S produces a volcanic 159 horsepower from its 1,260cc L-Twin, 58 more than a 2024 Breakout 117. That said, it dwarfs the Ducati Monster and BMW R nineT it rides alongside.

Still, the BMW R nineT is an odd Euro biker gang choice. The Boxer-powered BMW is more of a handsome modern classic than a high-performance sport bike. It’s the same miscalculation that Marvel Studios made with the Triumph Thruxton R, a 97-horsepower modern café more attuned to James Bond than henchmen chasing Ant-Man. One has to imagine a set of black Ducati Panigales would look much more sinister on screen. 

The bikes aren’t the only automotive eye candy in the Denzel Washington movie

Antoine Fuqua, Gaia Scodellaro, Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington on the Amalfi coast for "Equalizer 3."
Antoine Fuqua, Gaia Scodellaro, Dakota Fanning and Denzel Washington on the Amalfi coast for “Equalizer 3” | Ivan Romano via Getty Images

When dealing with a Hollywood interpretation of the dreaded Camorra, you’re bound to have some pretty sweet rides in the mix. At a glance, the landscape is dotted with stunning Italian cars. From bad guys in a Ferrari California to crooked cops in Alfa Romeos, there’s no shortage of car-watching gems. 

However, there’s an automotive anomaly in the mix. The latter half of the movie reveals an S197-generation Ford Mustang. To say the 10-year-old Mustang is out of place on the Amalfi coast is an understatement. 

With rolling art installations like the Ferrari F8 Tributo and a fat-tire Ducati Diavel on screen, the Mustang is a bit underwhelming as a gangster car. I suppose one of the gangsters has a penchant for pony cars.

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