Since becoming Moto Guzzi’s custodian in 2017, DIDI Resources has dedicated to developing the Moto Guzzi brand in Malaysia, the company has continued to invest in after-sales support and lifestyle developments engaging owners in events ranging from rides to social gatherings. The most recent ride on the Sepang International Circuit placed the Moto Guzzi modern classics on a whole new level and today introduced a brand new model called the Audace Carbon.
Audace Carbon is the modern brazen interpreter 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 8 cylinder engine. Moto Guzzi has never been shy about showing its unique character. 95 years on it is still the same.
Ostentatious, muscular and fierce, 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. A model of striking beauty, to be enjoyed one-up in search of fun around corners or relaxation on more wide open roads.
Audace Carbon is the perfect representation of the second soul of the Moto Guzzi brand – urban dark. A dark soul made absolute in the spectacular MGX-21. Sitting astride this imposing bike, starting the powerful 1400cc 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.”
The light strikes the lines of the Audace Carbon, revealing attractive details. Like the under sump lug that gives the side view a gritty look, the metallic radiator grille and the short, megaphone exhaust with die-cast aluminium support flange that, despite the outlaw look, is high-tech to contain polluting emissions. In fact, thanks to the use of a secondary air system and a specific catalytic converter, the Audace Carbon is Euro 4 approved.
In the name of essentiality, the platform footboards are gone here, as is the rocker gear shift control in order to make room for sportier footpegs mounted farther back and the classic gear shifter pedal. Particular attention was given to the more sporty saddle, covered in eco-leather with exposed red stitching, 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. The onboard ergonomics increases comfort and riding pleasure. The drag handlebar with the ends lowered and extended toward the rider provides convenient and dominating grip.
A particularly elegant feature is the 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 Moto Guzzi cruise control. The system allows the selected speed to be maintained without acting on the throttle and the cruising speed to be increased or decreased by pressing the cursor button on the left side electrical control. The speed can be temporarily increased with a twist of the throttle. After the throttle is released, the cruising speed will be resumed. The system disengages automatically, not only when the rider brakes or presses the selector button, but also when the throttle grip is twisted in reverse. Once deactivated, the last cruising speed set can be resumed with the “resume” feature.
Powerful and aggressive, the Audace Carbon looks as if it is crouched down on its haunches like a large feline ready to unleash its explosive power to scratch the asphalt, leaving the mark of its oversize 200/60 rear tyre. The generosity of the 1400 cc “Made in Mandello” 90° V-twin is a quality which is well known by now and on the Audace Carbon, thanks to the exhaust system with painstakingly designed fluid dynamics, is even more spirited at low revs, with a torque distribution of 121 Nm at 3,000 rpm. As a result, thanks in part to an advantageous weight/power ratio, the Audace Carbon jumps off the line with unexpected vigour.
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 (the “Turismo” and “Pioggia” maps are also available) and the one where the adjustable MGTC traction control system will 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. Electronic management is particularly advanced, thanks to the electronic throttle full Ride-by-wire: the system guarantees a fine-tuned and accurate throttle control, thereby allowing the engine to return a top shelf, smooth response, without being twitchy in opening and closing. The benefit for the rider translates into top-level riding pleasure in any conditions of use.
Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon Technical Specifications
Engine – 1380cc, 90˚ V-twin, four-stroke
Bore x Stroke – 104×81.2mm
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
Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon is priced at RM 123,000 and can be viewed at The Gasket Alley, Petaling Jaya. For more info, please visit http://www.motoguzzi.com/my_EN/ and Facebook motoguzziMY.