When we rode the Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Sardinia, it was made clear that the Italian brand saw its new 850cc air-cooled v-twin engine as more than a one-trick pony.
Part of Moto Guzzi’s ability to offer the V85 TT at such an aggressive price is centered around the larger plans at hand in Mandello del Lario.
Namely, this strategy centers around several models sharing Moto Guzzi’s new engine platform, and it seems we are set to see the next iteration of the V85 lineup later this year.
This is because rumors are starting about Moto Guzzi debut its next V85 model at November’s EICMA show in Milan.
What those model(s) could be is up for debate, though we can hazard some easy guesses by looking at Moto Guzzi’s lineup – or more specifically, what is missing from it.
A naked v-twin standard is certainly on the cards, along the veins of the absent Moto Guzzi Griso. Additionally, a café racer variant is possible as well, which would help revive the Le Mans name for Moto Guzzi.
With the V85 motor Euro5-ready, the platform is positioned to be the future for the Eagle brand, and is likely to be the backbone for the company’s entire middleweight displacement lineup.
As such, we expect the V85 to replace slowly the V9 models in the Moto Guzzi arsenal (replacing the V7 models seems possible as well), likely between now and the 2021 model year.
Similarly, we can probably expect a larger displacement version of the motor to debut at some point in time, which will takeover for the company’s aging 1,200cc platform.
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