Posted: 19 Sep 2011 10:00 PM PDT
What’s up people? Moto Guzzi in Mandello, Italy, just celebrated their 90th anniversary celebrations and a presentation by Roberto Colaninno, the chairman and CEO of Guzzi's owner-company Piaggio.
Phil said: “The big news is that Guzzi will be building a new factory on the historic Mandello site, and are designing a new liquid-cooled engine for future models. Roberto Colaninno said the factory would be built over the next three years, and that the old one will be kept as a tourist attraction.”
They will be planning to squeeze their largest engine into their smallest frame. The V12 will adopt the looks of the V7 classics, but ditch the 48bhp, 744cc v-twin in favor of the new 1,151cc, eight-valve motor from the Griso. That could potentially more than double the V7's power; the Griso makes 110bhp and 75lb/ft of torque.
The V12 range is a part of Piaggio's revitalization plans for the storied Guzzi brand. Piaggio intends to treble Guzzi's volume over the next couple of years, from its current level of roughly 4,200 annual sales globally. A new production line, being built on a newly-empty lot on the grounds of the existing factory, will help make that goal a reality.
Next year, that new model will be the all-new, 1,400cc Moto Guzzi California, which was shown to dealers in prototype form in January. Miguel Galuzzi, Piaggio Group's VP of design, tells us that the California will enter production late in 2012.
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