2010 MV Agusta F4: 186bhp, same old looks

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The managing director of MV Agusta has officially confirmed that the 2010 MV Agusta F4 will feature a 998cc, radial valve, inline-four engine that will develop 186bhp at 12,900rpm. Keeping all that power in a straight line will be an eight mode traction control system similar to that used on the Ducati 1198 S. But, in all the talk of making 3bhp more than the current F4 R 312, teaser images and video are slowly revealing a bike that’s nearly identical, both visually and mechanically to the original Massimo Tamburini-penned design.

The original F4 was first revealed as the sole product of the reborn MV
way back in 1998, but Tamburini didn’t originally conceive the bike as
an MV, rather as a replacement for the Ducati 916. When he was
replaced by Pierre Terblanche, he took the design to MV, who adapted it
to its own purposes. So the design that the company is pushing as
iconic and which it’s refusing to replace isn’t native to the company,
but rather a somewhat ambiguous design that doesn’t immediately evoke
any unique messages about the company that flogs it. When the bike goes
on sale next year, MV will be attempting the unenviable task of trying
to sell a bike with an updated, but still decade-old design that makes
less power than $13,800, 193bhp BMW S1000RR at what will presumably be
a huge premium and without a reputation for reliability. If that all
sounds completely negative, it’s not; at least it’s not heavier and
less powerful than the model it replaces, as is the case with the 2010
MV Agusta Brutale

Enrico D’Onofrio’s complete statement follows:

THE NEW MV AGUSTA F4: PURE PERFECTION Varese, 2nd November 2009 – MV Agusta launches the new F4 and revolutionizes the legend of Italian supersport motorcycles, redefining the meaning of beauty and performance.

“The launch of the new F4 builds upon the success that started with the new Brutale and will lead MV Agusta to write new pages full of tradition and victories” Enrico D’Onofrio, Managing Director of MV Agusta commented. “The F4 was born from a completely new project with the single-minded goal of improving upon perfection and increasing the synthesis between the art of design and supersport performance. We will continue to invest in the design and development of new models in the future in order to increase the product range of our extraordinary motorcycles.”

The new F4 is a project that follows in the footsteps of MV tradition and will keep alive the dream of having the most unique supersport motorcycle in the world: a motorcycle that is true to its origins, built to the highest levels of engineering excellence and offering incredible performance. Pure perfection.

The engine has been revolutionized: the ultra compact in-line 4-cylinder 998cc engine is capable of reaching 186 hp at 12900 rpm. The highest level of engineering technology have been coupled with the most advanced electronic controls including: twin fuel injectors per cylinder, variable length intake system, slipper clutch and the TC MK II traction control system which has 8 levels of adjustment. These advancements along with the uniqueness of the radial valve system attribute to the fact that this engine is the most sophisticated and evolved on the market.

The chassis has also been engineered to unheard of levels of compactness, the new single sided rear swingarm has been lengthened while at the same time its weight has been reduced along with the fully adjustable suspension which are all factors that contribute to making the new F4 unique.

The bike that originally revolutionized the world of supersport motorcycles has become even more beautiful, sleeker and modern while maintaining the unmistakable design “Made in MV”. The new xenon headlight and the new super light fairing are factors that contribute to the incredibly narrow cross-sectional area and the new pipe organ exhaust system with a restyled 4-in-1 silencer are all distinctive elements identifying F4 as the most exclusive motorcycle in the world.

  • http://www.designronin.com Design Ronin

    “So the design that the company is pushing as iconic and which its refusing to replace isn’t native to the company, but rather a somewhat ambiguous design that doesn’t immediately evoke any unique messages about the company that flogs it”

    Oh, I was going to rant about this comment… but you’re right. While it has the odd nice ‘bit’ the F4 is dated and to a point was at the time. I think I still go ohhhahhh, not because of the looks but because it’s a F4. The fact that they’ve changed a bit here and there says that they too think it needs a rework but are seemingly incapable or too scared to give it a real go.

  • CBontheMV

    I ride an MV Brutale, so I’m biased, but the current F4 still turns heads wherever it goes because it was a beautiful design when it was introduced and is still better looking than a majority of sportbikes produced today. Truly great designs are enduring. Great design houses don’t need to turn out something new for the sake of it every 3 years. Porsche, Ferrari and Bentley are all iconic brands with very recognizable design cues. I’m glad that MV is retaining many of the qualities that made the original F4 a masterpiece in design.

  • Tedesco886

    There I’d a HUGE difference between “retaining” well liked and distinguishable design cues and putting out practically the same bike with slightly different exhaust. They didn’t even add bold new graphics. Just FYI, I’ve always love the looks of the F4′s but I definitely think it’s time for a change.

  • vic

    what was wrong with the design on the old one?just tweak it a bit and make it LIGHTER.it was already the fiercest sportsbike to ride(talking about the 07 one..man that thing just puts shivers round my body).with curent designs just gettin uglier by the day i don’t see this as being a bad thing.it has some subtle changes like the integrated bellypan with scoops to direct air more streamlined fairings etc..the last time a motorcycle company tried to revamp an icon they ended up with the 999 :)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Actually, they threw away the F4 with the Tamburini, then told the guy that designed the greatest Ducati ever to start with a fresh sheet of paper. So Terblanche gave them the 999, since he’d already designed the bike Tamburini’s 916 is derived from, the SuperMono.

  • Tomahawk

    Man, this article is really confusing. You don’t have the oficial pics that reveal the bike 100% yet you come with judgements on looks. Come on HFL, be more professional about it!

    From what I see in the teasers, I believe the new F4 will have a slightly thinner tail and a more refined overall design and it might actually look better without drastic changes. Could you just wait for the official launch please?

  • Sean Smith

    Whoa, run that by me one more time? Did I see Radial valves? Pardon my french, but that if unfuckingbelievably awesome. Wow.

  • Tomahawk

    Oh and one more thing: if BMW raised the power level with those 193 bhp, doesn’t mean the MV is low with it’s own 186bhp (which is definitly a lot), specially that they decreased the capacity to 998cc. Keep in mind that ALL 1000cc stock superbikes have the power below 193bhp, no matter if it’s Ducati, Aprilia or any japanese SBK. Does this detail make the BMW better? I guess that trying to obtain 200hp out of 998cc was just too expensive to be worth it.

  • Cole

    The F4 can get away with maintaining the same design for over 10 years because the design is timeless. A credit to Tamburini’s skill. I hope they continue with this design for year to come.

    While it may not have been intended to be an MV, they have got something rare and doing the right thing with it. Although I do see the irony in it being an iconic design.

    My only worry now is what will happen now they have lost Tamburini….

  • mohammad mhanna

    f4 mv is the best motorcycle in the world it is faster than the r6 1600 yamaha or suzuki