2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

Audace Carbon; the Moto Guzzi muscle bike
2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon
2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

The Audace Carbon is the interpretation of the Moto Guzzi rebel spirit, a brand with a unique personality that often goes against the flow. The history of the Larian eagle is riddled with unique choices: the transversal V 90, a skill for innovation, records in the sports field, the renowned eight-cylinder engine. Moto Guzzi has never been shy about showing its unique character. 95 years on this remains true.

The Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the real carbon elements such as the front mudguard mounted on a fork without any telescope covering and the sides of the tank.

The Audace Carbon has no chromium plating. Every mechanical detail, painted dark as night, is contrasted by the matt red colour chosen for the milled aluminium engine head covers, which in turn match the red colour of the Brembo front brakes.

2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon
2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

Thanks to the use of a secondary air system and a specific catalytic converter, the Audace Carbon is Euro 4 approved, while details like the undersump lug give the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille the short megaphone exhaust contain polluting emissions.

The on board ergonomics have been revamped to increase comfort and riding pleasure, the platform footboards are gone, as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther back and the classic gear shifter pedal.

Miguel Galluzzi, the designer in charge of the PADC (Piaggio Group Advanced Design Center)

“Moto Guzzi’s desire to grow is perfectly summed up in the strong and uncompromising character of the new Audace. I believe that this bike, today, speaks louder than any words about the more modern soul and future of the brand from Mandello. All you have to do is look at it and ride it and all your questions are answered. Sitting astride this imposing bike, starting the powerful V twin and riding down the road is all you need to understand what Moto Guzzi represents today. Audace is a perfect interpretation of the most genuine Moto Guzzi spirit.”

Particular attention was given to the more sporty saddle, lowered in terms of the seating position.  The passenger section of the saddle is easily removable to give Audace Carbon an even more solitary style.

A particularly elegant feature is the new electric blocks on the handlebar, enhanced by the aluminium finishing, the red painted valve covers with milled details, the fully adjustable rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle and the alloy wheels personalized with the Moto Guzzi logo. The left side electric block hosts the controls for the new Moto Guzzi cruise control.

Powerful and aggressive, the Audace Carbon also features an oversize 200/60 rear tyre. The generosity of the 1400 cc 90° V-twin is even more spirited at high revs, up to a torque of 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm.

2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon
2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

The Audace Carbon will certainly be the Moto Guzzi most used with the “Veloce” engine map, the most responsive and direct of the available three (“Turismo” and “Pioggia” maps are also available) and the one where the adjustable MGTC traction control system will no doubt need to intervene most often.

The large twin cylinder engine is the absolute benchmark in its category for engine capacity-performance-consumption ratio thanks to excellent thermodynamic performance. The electronic management has been further advanced, thanks to a new electronic throttle, now full Ride-by-wire.

MG-MP (Moto Guzzi Multimedia Platform) is available as optional equipment, as a innovative multimedia system which allows you to connect the bike to your smartphone and consequently to the web. With the app, downloadable free from the App Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunction computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.

The original range of accessories for the Audace Carbon was also designed to meet the needs of style sensitive bikers who want to reinforce the decisive and powerful image of their bikes, giving them an even more musclular look or a more sporty look.

The range includes components dedicated to increasing comfort, such as the mirror-polished or black stainless steel cylinders heat shield kit.

2017 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon Technical Specifications
  • Engine – 1380cc, 90˚ V-twin, four-stroke
  • Bore x Stroke – 104×81.2mm
  • Compression: 10.5:1
  • Power – 96hp at 6500rpm
  • Torque – 121Nm at 3000rpm
  • Induction – Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; RbW 52mm throttle body
  • Gearbox – Six-speed
  • Clutch – Single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer
  • Chassis – steel tubing, closed double cradle frame
  • Front Suspension – 45mm front forks, 120mm travel
  • Rear Suspension – Double shock absorbers, preload adjustable, 120mm travel
  • Brakes – Dual Brembo four-opposed-piston calipers, 320mm discs (F),
    single 282mm disc and Brembo two-piston caliper (R), ABS
  • Rims – aluminium alloy wheels, 3.50 x 18in, 6.00 x 16in
  • Tyres – 130/70 – 18, 200/60 – 16
  • Seat height – 740mm
  • Wheelbase – 1695mm
  • Rake/Trail – 33°/ 145mm
  • Fuel capacity – 20.5L