The world-class Moto Guzzi Norge is enhancing its Gran Turismo reputation in 2011 with an updated version called the Norge GT 8V. This acronym not only emphasizes the development of the four-valve-per-cylinder engine — the same 1150cc powerplant that drives the Griso and Stelvio — but also introduces substantial new components and finishes. With its six-gallon tank, shaft drive, and six-speed transmission, we can think of fewer bikes we’d rather tour aboard.
The improved engine promises over 100 HP with a torque rating of 81 ft.-lbs. at 5800 rpm. This increased performance is balanced by the development of a new suspension and improved hydraulic response. The Norge is also equipped with a new, more efficient exhaust system, and the fairing has been redesigned not only to increase the protection, but with new molded intakes and extractors the fairing improves engine cooling. The revised dashboard features an easy-to-read instrument panel, now positioned closer to the rider’s eyes.
Last but not least, the Norge GT 8V also offers a convenient 12-volt external outlet, large under-seat storage space, heated hand grips, adjustable suspension, and built-in passenger grab handles.
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