Moto Guzzi has announced expansive changes to its historic facility in Mandello del Lario, Italy. Greg Lynn, an award-winning US architect who was named one of the world’s 10 most influential architects by Forbes magazine, will lead the redevelopment, which aims to create an entire cultural hub for the Moto Guzzi brand.
The changes will include a new factory, community meeting spaces, open public spaces indoors and outdoors, new conference facilities, a new hotel, and a restaurant. Production capabilities will be expanded as well to meet growing demand.
The designs make use of the existing structures on site, and the additional materials required to finish things off will be as eco-conscious and sustainable as possible. Currently, work is expected to start by the end of this year and finish sometime in the first half of 2025.
As part of the event announcing the facility plans, Moto Guzzi also gave a sneak preview of its upcoming V100 Mandello streetbike. The details of the machine won’t be released until November 23, 2021, at the EICMA Show in Milan, but on looks alone, it clearly strays from Guzzi’s current retro aesthetic. The transverse V-twin arrangement and shaft final drive remain, but the bike is clearly poised to appeal to sport-touring riders and those who prefer softer, more modern lines in their motorcycles.
Guzzi also promises a “cutting-edge engine” and “state-of-the-art technologies” in the V100 Mandello, so we’ll be keeping an eye out for the official release and report back when those details are finally available.