This year marks 50 years since Moto Guzzi first released their V7 model. To celebrate, the Italian manufacturer has brought out a significantly updated version and added a new, limited-edition variant to the lineup.
Dubbed the ‘V7 III’, the latest iteration of Guzzi’s signature transverse v-twin will be offered in familiar 'Stone,' 'Special' and 'Racer' variants, but for the 50th Anniversary, a special ‘Anniversario’ model will also be available, in a numbered, limited edition of just 750 units worldwide.
Appearance wise, the MY17 V7 III range is largely similar to the model that’s been Moto Guzzi’s best seller since 2009, but each 2017 variant comes with new-look graphics, a new saddle design, redesigned side covers, new indicators, wider mirrors, easier-to-access instrumentation, a new lockable screw-in fuel cap and new injector covers. But it’s under the skin where there are more notable changes.
Engine and Frame Mods
The V7’s transverse engine remains its signature feature, but in this third-generation spec, the 744cc v-twin features a crankcase that’s been stiffened in key areas, as well as a new sump, new oil pump and redesigned crankshaft that Guzzi says will deliver more lively engine response and the ideal amount of engine braking.
Redesigned lubrication and crankcase ventilation is in line with the bottom end alterations, and matched to the aforementioned high-efficiency oil pump.
In the engine’s top end, the cylinders, pistons and heads are all new, as is the exhaust system, which now features double pipe manifolds for better thermal insulation.
Compared to the V7 II, maximum power output from the V7 III engine is up 3kW to 38kW at 6,200rpm, while torque is unchanged; 60Nm at 4,900rpm. The new engine is also EuroIV emissions compliant.
The six-speed gearbox carries over from the V7 II, but first and sixth gear ratios have been revised, with the 170mm single-disc dry clutch claiming greater sturdiness and reliability, while also reducing lever effort.
The V7’s double cradle steel frame has been treated to some upgrades at the front end, with greater reinforcement and new steering geometry that claims to deliver more dynamic performance when cornering, as well as better overall handling and stability.
Ergo Changes, Better Safety
In terms of rider ergonomics, seat height has dropped 20mm to 770mm and there’s new aluminium footpegs for rider and pillion. Moto Guzzi claims the predominantly upright position remains, but the seat-handlebar-footpeg ratio has been revised. The pillion pegs have been repositioned and now sit lower and further forward than on the V7 II for improved passenger comfort.
The V7 III comes with ABS and Moto Guzzi Traction Control as standard, with the new 2-mode traction control able to be adjusted on the fly or switched off. Cleverly, the traction control is able to recalibrate the rear tyre circumference, too, so the system will still be accurate, even with tyre wear or different profile tyres.
The Moto Guzzi V7 III is now available, starting at $12,990 for the V7 III Stone, with the V7 III Special priced at $13,990 and the V7 III Racer at $16,490 (all prices exclude ORCs).
How many units of the limited-edition Anniversario are allocated for Australia is unconfirmed, but this collectable model is priced at $16,990 (+ORC) and will disappear quickly.
A range of optional accessories, including the MG-MP multimedia platform, are also available.
See your Moto Guzzi dealer for more details.