The Moto Guzzi V7 is prized for its classic style, but also known for its relatively modest engine performance. The nearly ancient air-cooled v-twin displaces 750cc, but produces power more comparable to a modern, liquid-cooled 450cc single.
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.