Limited Guzzi V100 special revealed, despite standard bikes still not hitting dealers

The Navy inspired Mandello will be a limited edition
The Navy inspired Mandello will be a limited edition

Moto Guzzi have released a limited run version of their 1042cc twin-cylinder V100 Mandello sports tourer, celebrating the firm’s strong ties with the Italian Navy.

Called the V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale, the bike was launched on the flight deck of the Cavour aircraft carrier, which entered service in the Italian force in 2009.

Guzzi are set to produce 1913 numbered units, with each bike coming with a special cover and commemorative plaque. The grey paintjob is also said to be inspired by the F-35B Lightning jet fighter.

Features on the special include heated grips and a tyre pressure monitoring system and, although a lovely thing, it seems odd for Guzzi to produce it – given the fact we are still yet to see a production ready version of the standard bike, revealed in late November 2021.

New Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello breaks cover at Eicma

First published on June 10, 2019 by Andy Calton

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello revealed in full at Eicma show

Moto Guzzi have released more details on the V100 Mandello, which signifies a huge step forward for the brand. Best known for their low-tech retro machines of late, the new V100 is the most technologically advanced Guzzi so far.

At the heart of the Mandello is a new 1042cc twin, which is Guzzi’s first water cooled unit and brings with it some very new (and some not so new) tech. 

As well as the water cooling the new DOHC engine also features finger followers, four valves per cylinder, a wet sump and a hydraulic wet clutch. Even with the new tech it’s more compact that even the V85 engine, at over 10cm shorter. 

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello gets a new engine with 1042cc

Thanks to all this new tech, Guzzi have successfully extracted 113bhp from the block and 77lb.ft of torque. More impressive still is that 90% of the torque is available from just 3500rpm while throttle happy types can rev it out to 9500rpm. 

The new bike also features a single sided alloy swingarm but it’s positioned much lower than on any previous models, doing away with any torque reaction.

The Mandellos’ main party trick is a world first – active aerodynamics. Fitted to the side of the 17.5 litre tank is a pair of adaptive wind deflectors that can move outwards to mimic the wind protection of a more traditional tourer. 

We can't wait to ride the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello. Keep an eye out for our full review

Guzzi claim that in their fully outstretched position they reduce air pressure on the rider by 22% but if that’s not enough there’s an electronically adjustable screen too.

Also coming head first into the 21st century are the electronics. For the first time a Guzzi is fed info by a six-axis IMU that’s keyed into a Marelli 11MP ECU. 

The first is a top notch electronics suite that includes four riding modes, three engine maps, four levels of traction control and three levels of engine braking on top of the cruise control, cornering ABS and cornering lights. 

If that’s not enough the top of the range model also comes with Öhlins Smart EX 2.0 semi-active suspension, quickshifter, heated grips and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity.

So far there’s been no word from Guzzi on the price but we’d expect it to be around £15,500 for the top spec edition. Keep an eye out for the full Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review coming soon on MCN.