After the good results obtained in the 24 hours of Spa in 1975, the decision was taken in Laverda to design one of the most spectacular motorcycles of all times, the Laverda 1000 V6. Equipped with a V6 engine, inspired from the 2.7 engine designed by Giulio Alfieri and which powered the Citroën SM, the Laverda V6 made his first official race at the 1978 Bol d'Or on the Castellet circuit. Despite the power had been deliberately limited to 140 hp (instead of 160 hp, to relieve the cardan), the speed measured in the long Mistral straight reached spectacular 283 km/h! Unbelievable for that time. The closest competitors peaked at 245 km/h! Unfortunately, the 1st race was also the last one for this fantastic bike. Indeed, the same year, the International Motorcycling Federation decided to exclude motorcycles with more than four cylinders from endurance races.