June 6, 2012

The New 2012 Moto Guzzi V7 By Piaggio

Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer. It is one of seven brands owned by Piaggio

Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its central historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and a series of industry innovations – including the first motorcycle center stand, wind tunnel, and eight-cylinder engine.

For 2012, thanks to further investment from parent company Piaggio, the V7 models receive a redesigned motor with increased compression, as well as refined fuel injection and engine management systems. These motors are not just mildly modified from last year’s unit, they feature more than 200 new or redesigned parts … roughly 70% of the engine components.

The result of these changes is a claimed, and welcomed, 12% increase in horsepower (now 51 hp) and 10% increase in torque (43 foot/pounds), as well as significant improvements in fuel consumption and emissions. The V7 continues to be primarily about style and simplicity, and in our opinion it hits a home run on both counts.

Cosmetic changes are limited to paint schemes, as well as new gas tanks and new, much lighter cast wheels on the standard V7. The standard V7 and the V7 Special are each pictured, while the third model in the range (the V7 Racer) is not. We do not currently have information about when these redesigned V7s will be available in the U.S. market.

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