A number which declares the presence of the latest evolution of the “four valve” series engine, further to updates to the quality of its equipment and finishings which all combine to allow the Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V to outclass all previous models with its high levels of performance, comfort and driving pleasure.
The heart that beats inside this bike is the renowned V-shaped 90° transverse twin-cylinder “Four valve” engine, the highest performer among all the families of engines manufactured at Mandello del Lario, which has now reached exclusive levels as far as its technical/performance development is concerned.
This latest version can boast the careful attention paid to achieve a more silent and smooth running of the engine, whilst tweaking the electronic control, timing system, cooling and exhaust system. The brand new integrated ignition and injection ECU now exploits the signals sent by the two lambda probes to guarantee adequate feeding throughout the entire combustion cycle, improving response to the throttle control, mid range power delivery further to consumptions and emissions.
The oil radiator is fitted on the lower fairing lug and has a thermostat-controlled electric fan that keeps the temperature of the lubricant within the ideal range, whilst the muffler is now larger, reducing the noise level and increasing midrange torque. The engine now boasts a maximum torque of over 104 Nm delivered at a mere 5,500 rpm and easily reaches a peak in output of over 102 Hp; it practically reaches an automobile-level speed with a 20% higher power curve compared to the two-valve version.
The increase in road performance has enhanced the overall dynamics on this bike, something that was already a strong point on the previous version. The GT8V has however reached a more neutral and racing behaviour thanks to revamped setting of the suspension, replacing the spring set on the fork and shock absorber, achieving perfect hydraulic response of the two suspension units. The bike identifies the ideal driving line faster when coming into a bend and is faster when changing direction, even when used at full capacity conditions which are frequent in a Gran Turismo model like the Mandello del Lario top of the range bike.
Faster engine, extra comfort, enhanced fittings and reinforced chassis: the Moto Guzzi Norge GT 8V is champing at the bit and ready to win back its queen of Gran Turismo title.
A rather gruff individual who shied away from compliments, his only complaint would probably have been that it was not Guzzi Red colour; Norge GT8V in fact comes in Metallic Black, Diamond White, stylish colours for a high class bike.