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.