New Moto Guzzi V100 Sport To Take on Yamaha Tracer 900 Head To Head
Spy Shots of a Photo Shoot Prior to EICMA Launchby Harry Fisher, on LISTEN 02:43
Moto Guzzi continues to be faithful to the transverse V-twin that has powered all its models since 1967. The latest is set to be the V100 Sport, spied at a photo shoot near Lake Como in Northern Italy, presumably in preparation for the EICMA motorcycle show in November, where most manufacturers reveal new models.
New Moto Guzzi V100 Sport Set To Be Launched at EICMA
There aren’t many manufacturers who are defined by the engine they use, especially when it’s the only engine they use. Sure, BMW has the boxer twin, but it also has inline fours and sixes, parallel twins and singles. Triumph is best known for its triples and twins. Then, of course, there’s Harley Davidson with its v-twins, from which layout it seems determined not to waver.
There is another single-minded manufacturer, however. Moto Guzzihas stuck exclusively with its unmistakable transverse v-twin since 1967. The oldest European manufacturer in continuous production, the company has concentrated on large-displacement engines in sports and touring models. Never the most powerful, they are at least distinctive.
Now, moto.it website has published spy shots of a new Guzzi model being photographed near Lake Como in Italy, possibly in readiness for the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in November. The Italian website is calling the new model the V100, meaning it would be powered by a 1000cc version of the engine.
The shots are pretty poor quality but show a half-faired sports bike, which would take on the likes of Yamaha’s Tracer 900 head-to-head. As 2021 is the 100th Anniversary years of the marque, the new bike will be a birthday present to itself.
The last brand new model to be launched was the V85 TT model in 2019. The new V100 will close a gap in the Guzzi range, which goes from the V7 and V9 naked roadsters of, frankly, limited performance through to the large and imposing cruisers such as the California and Audace.
The V100 Sport’s engine should produce about 120bhp, which is a big step up from the 65bhp of the V9’s motor and will see the V100 play in the same ball-park as the Yamaha and its 115bhp or so.
As you can see, the pictures show very little detail so we’ll have to wait for the official launch to know more, but it’s something for lovers of Italian bikes to look forward to.