The V100 Mandello is a big deal for Moto Guzzi. The new sport tourer-cum-comfy naked is an innovative bit of kit which brings the iconic firm crashing into the modern day thanks to some properly clever features, a load of electronics and a completely new engine.
There’s actually three models to choose from. There’s the standard V100- which comes with plenty of good stuff including adaptive aero and cornering ABS. There’s a special edition Aviazione Navale model, which plays on Guzzi’s links to the Italian Navy – there will only be 1913 units of the special liveried machine. It gets a few extras too.
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But the V100 Mandello S is the big one. It’s got a quickshifter, heated grips, semi active suspension and comes fully-loaded with Moto Guzzi’s multimedia system. Of course, the bike’s 1042cc liquid-cooled 90° transverse V-twin is the really big news. It’s still a hulking lump of V-twin motor, but it’s unlike anything that Guzzi’s done before. Making 115hp at 8700rpm and 77.5lb-ft (105NM) at 6750rpm (which is nearly all available at 3000rpm), rest assured that’s plenty of punch to play with.
Elsewhere it comes fully-loaded with a whole host of trick goodies (including Brembo brakes, Ohlins semi-active suspension and adaptive aerodynamics for the flagship S model) – and there’s a load of technology as standard too. There’s four riding modes to choose from (Sport, Road, Tour and Wet) which each alter the level of engine braking, power output, traction control, suspension settings (on the S), and also the active aerodynamics (which is essentially a pair of fairings which extend
from the side depending on which mode you’re in and the speed you’re travelling at).
All in all, it looks as though Guzzi’s done a cracking job with s newest machine. If you’re into covering big miles but you want something stylish and compact with plenty of character, it could be the bike for you. All that technology doesn’t com cheap though. You’ll have to lay down £13,500 for the standard V100 Mandello and £15,750 for the S model – although, if you’r buying on finance, Guzzi’s just announced a new, introductory 8.4% APR PCP finance plan which means you can get your hands on the standard for £169 (with a deposit of £2394.20) and the S for £199 a month (with a deposit of £3688.20).
You’ll have to act fast though, as that offer’s only available until the end of November.
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