The next year, Honda had to respond to the imposed tariff rates for foreign-build motorcycles by reducing the engine size for the 750s, and the Magna became the VF700C in the USA.
Except black, the bike could be bought Candy Andromeda Red painted.
It developed 78.2bhp @ 9000rpm, with torque of 48.2 ft-lbf @7250rpm.
The seat was kept very low, at 28 inches, with the passenger seat being detachable.
8 inches (706mm), more than four inches (102mm) lower than its predecessor.