Changes to Moto Guzzi’s new V7 motorcycles are so profound, Roman numerals which have characterised the evolution of the model have been abandoned.

But the character and authenticity remain intact, as these values are destined to last over time and embedded in the genetic code of every Moto Guzzi.

Two versions are available: the patriarch,V7 Stone with its strong and minimalistic style and the V7 Special, with its classic and elegant lines.

A new Moto Guzzi engine also makes its debut with the new V7, a close derivative of the one that powers the V85 TT.

This is the most recent and modern powertrain built in Mandello, which guarantees better performance and overall greater efficiency.

It has 25 per cent more, going from the previous 39kW at 6200 rpm to the current 48kW at 6800 rpm.

Maximum torque has also increased significantly, going from 60Nm at 4250 rpm to 73Nm at 5000 rpm, with more than 80 per cent of torque already available at 3000 rpm.

Compared to the previous versions, the new addition from Mandello is even more complete in terms of equipment.

The aesthetic impact of the larger engine, generously-sized exhaust pipes in a different layout; and the view from the rear highlights the larger cardan final drive and the wider rear wheel, as well as the more robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers.

The stylish side panels are new, as is the shorter rear mudguard, elements which, along with the new exhaust system, give the new ‘eight and a half’ a revamped and more seductive look.

Many new features have been introduced to improve stability and comfort.

The frame has been evolved with the addition of steel elements in the headstock area, whereas the new pair of shock absorbers with greater travel and the new, two-tier saddle ensure greater comfort.

With this same goal in mind, brand new rider footpeg support are used.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has the new, full LED light system with a headlight that includes a daytime running light in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Eagle.

The new instrument cluster is perfectly in line with the look of a minimalist motorcycle, entirely digital on a single, circular dial.

Aluminium wheel rims, in the sporty style that equips the Stone, are also new; the rear rim is shod with a wider 150/70 tyre.

The V7 Special maintains the elegant, dual dial analogue instrument cluster (speedometer and rev counter) and the ultra-classic spoked wheel rims.

V7 Stone is available in three satin-finish colour schemes: Nero Ruvido (Black), Azzurro Ghiaccio (Blue) and Arancione Rame (Orange).

The colour variants of the V7 Special, the version closes to the classic and elegant spirit of the original model, are Blu Formale (Blue) and Grigio Casual (Grey).

The new Moto Guzzi V7 models are due to arrive mid-2021.

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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