Moto Guzzi is refreshing the V7 range with an all-new engine. Claiming a 10 percent improvement to the current 48.8bhp output as well as more torque, improved fuel economy and lower emissions, the engine is distinguished by it’s seriously attractive new valve covers, which eliminate the plug leads, leading to a cleaner look. Elsewhere, the engine remains true to Guzzi heritage, the crank is longitudinal and the cylinders poke out the sides, in 90° opposition to each other. Purists will be happy to see that cooling remains by air.

This new engine is part of the top-down range of improvements being made to the existing Guzzi range by parent company Piaggio, even while all-new models are under development. It’s a program that’s worked wonders on the Moto Guzzi Griso and the Stelvio NTX and something we discussed in depth with VP of Design, Miguel Galluzzi.

There’s two new models here. This matte black bike is the basic 2012 Moto Guzzi V7, while the orange/white one is the 2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Special. Note the spoked wheels on the special and the fancy new alloy ones on the plain V7, both are really nice.

More details and more models are expected at EICMA, which kicks off Monday.

A new engine for little Moto Guzzis

“To me, the motorcycle is all about details,” says Galluzzi, who’s hand can undoubtedly be seen in the disappeared plug leads. Check out this photo of the old engine to see what a transformative effect such a small change can have on a motorcycle’s overall appearance.

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