First Look Review: 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

  • The 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon represents the dark side of the manufacturer’s line-up.

  • It is meant to be a power cruiser, with many beautiful details.

  • Priced from RM 123,000 (basic selling price not inclusive of SST, road tax and insurance).


Moto Guzzi may be the represent the “heritage” side within the Piaggio group of motorcycle brands, but that does not mean the brand is without “characters” such as this Audace Carbon.

The Audace Carbon represents the “dark soul” of the Guzzi line-up along with the MGX21, a reflection of its name which means “audacious.” There is not one single chromed part. You could say it is the gothic version of the regular Audace.

Distinguishing parts include the carbon fibre cowlings on either side of the fuel tank and front mudguard. Besides that, the cylinder head covers and Brembo front brake calipers are painted in “Mandello Red,” to mark it as the dark lineage shared with the MGX21 and V7 III Carbon.

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At the heart of the Audace Carbon is a monstrous 1400cc, transversely-mounted, 90o V-Twin which punches out 96 bhp. Being a cruiser, however, means torque is always more important than outright horsepower. As such, the engine produces an arm-straightening 121 Nm at just 3000 RPM. It is also Euro 4 compliant, featuring 2 sparkplugs per cylinder and a 3-way catalytic converter. Along with an Eco Ride mode, you can have best mix of performance and fuel consumption while touring.

Speaking of modes, there are three power modes: Veloce (sport), Turismo (Touring), and Pioggia (Rain). The power maps are linked to the adjustable Moto Guzzi Traction Control (MGTC) thresholds. The power modes are courtesy of the ride-by-wire (rbw) throttle.

There is also cruise control, activated by a single switch on the left handlebar.

Lastly, the Audace Carbon includes the Moto Guzzi Multimedia Platform (MG-MP) which interfaces with the app in your smartphone to provide a complete suite of riding information. The system will even show the location of the nearest petrol station within range when the fuel level goes into reserve.

Priced from RM 123,000 (basic selling price not inclusive of SST, road tax and insurance), the 2018 Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon is now available at Moto Guzzi Malaysia. Please follow the Moto Guzzi Malaysia Facebook page for more information.