MV Agusta F3 spied with three exhausts

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MV-Agusta-F3.jpgPhoto: MCN

The MV Agusta F3 has been spied at Almeria again, this time looking a little closer to production despite the continued use of ill-fitting F4 bodywork. What’s new? How about the incredibly sexy three-exit GP exhaust for starters.
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We’re actually relieved to see the new exhaust arrangement. One of the
defining features of the original F4 when it was released wayyyyyyy back
in 1998 was the four underseat exhaust pipes, but when the 2010 MV
Agusta F4
was released, it didn’t break any new styling ground,
shamelessly copying the old bike and its exhausts. Not only does this
new arrangement look good in and of itself, it indicates the rest of the
bike stands a chance of not aping the F4, which is a good thing.

This shot appears to come from Australian MCN, which reports that the
day this was snapped, the test rider was also evaluating key rivals like
the Triumph Daytona 675, Kawasaki ZX-6R and the Yamaha R6. The F3 is
expected to benchmark those bikes, but we expect it to be considerably
more expensive. 600s (or 675cc-ish triples) cost as much to develop as
liter bikes yet consumers typically expect them to retail for
substantially less. Pitching the F3 as an up market alternative with
fancy running gear like the single-sided swingarm could help bring that
consumer expectation up to a realistic price point for MV to make a
profit.

It appears, at least judging by these pictures, that the F3 uses a
similar frame arrangement to the F4, which means a tubular steel trellis
attached to cast aluminum swingarm pivot plates.

Harley-Davidson is currently trying to unload MV so The Motor Company
can better focus on novelty thong production in the far east. According
to MV Agusta USA spokesperson Matthew Stutzman, that means the F3
project is essentially stalled in an advanced stage of development,
awaiting a successful sale and a fresh injection of Euros before it can
be rolled out to the public.

According to our latest information, Claudio Castiglioni and Federico
Minoli
have been joined in competing for MV ownership by two anonymous
American entrepreneurs, one of whom is said to have worked for Ducati
previously. We’ll keep you updated.

Make sure you check out our previous MV Agusta F3 spy photos.

Thanks for the tip, tipster who prefers to remain anonymous.

  • http://www.desmoworks.com anthony

    Can’t wait to see the final product. I really want an F3 (assuming it is what it should be!).

  • jt_gsxr600

    in relating this bike to the ducati 848 which i once wanted, i cannot justify the price of it being 22000 in australia when we can get a litre japanese bike for 18-19 thousand?
    surely the mv will be great, and a european alteranitve to the 600 market, but is it really worth as much or more than a litre jap bike (not to mention the s1000rr)

    apart form that i want one lol
    :P

  • El_Diablo

    Good looking bike, but also good for nothing, overpriced, unreliable, piece of machinery

    • soupy

      What are you basing this claim on? Good looking? It’s still in a prototype mule stage, how can you tell what the final design will look like? Granted the design has already been complete by Tamburini years ago, you can never know.

      Overpriced? I see no pricing even hinted for it other than Wes’ speculation. Have you even seen the F4′s price drop recently? If you wanna say overpriced, take a look over to the Ducati, KTM, and Aprilia camps. Hell, with all the continuous incremental price bumps on the Japanese bikes, I can’t really say they’re the greatest bargains either.

      Unreliable? hah! If you actually knew anything about the F4 and Brutale, you’d realize that MV produces some of the most well-built and reliable bikes to come out of Europe. Plus, how can you judge reliability on a bike that doesn’t even have a near-production model ready.

      • Edward

        +1

  • geonerd

    it gets major points just for being a triple. putting the cart before the horse a little here, but a new middleweight brutale a la triumph’s street triple would be very interesting.

  • brettvegas

    soupy, Good Defense.

    The triumph speed triple is too fucking small. A big dumb ‘check’(like myself, Czechoslovakian+mongrel)has no room to move on one. Almost wish my k100 was the K75. Love to see someone else tackling The Triple.

    The 2.2 liter triumph triple however, is fucking sick. Huge engine, two wheels, handlebars, what more could anybody want?

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D.

    Given the strength of the Euro, this is going to be a tough sell, even if its marketed as an “upmarket” supersport. There will certainly be buyers who are looking for an exclusive nameplate, but even those buyers will be hesitant to spend the extra dough, when the Daytona 675 is a similarly spec’d, semi-exotic non-Japanese bike (for the same price as a Japanese bike).

  • PhillyGuy

    “Given the strength of the Euro, this is going to be a tough sell, even if its marketed as an “upmarket” supersport.”

    Um, the Euro is at its weakest vis-a-vis dollar in years. Now is probably the best time to buy Euro-goodies in a long time. Excited about this bike, maybe it’ll push Triumph to do a major upgrade on the Daytona.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D.

      Its still $.81/Euro. True, it had been down to $.64/Euro about a two years ago, but I don’t think the dollar will be able to hold this much value for very long. And without even taking into account currency discrepancies, it still costs more to manufacture in Europe.

      But, if it DOES make a better Daytona, I’ll be happy :)

  • sburns2421

    The dollar’s status remains as the global currency of choice for commodity transactions, this is certainly helping to bouy its current value. Money traders hate parking their billions in unstable or troubled regions, and aside from gold the dollar is considered one of the best of a bad bunch of fiat currencies, so you get the “flight to safety” when a local currency is seen as troubled.

    The Euro is in deep trouble and will reach parity or lower with the $ in all likelihood by the end of this year if you believe the experts that do this for a living.

    Even if this happens, I wouldn’t expect Ducati/MV/BMW/KTM et al to significantly drop their existing MSRPs however. A premium over the Japanese offerings is just expected and assumed at this point. But you might see even more dirt cheap long-term financing, extra goodies with each purchase, or the “base” models improved more than they normally would be. Ducati is already doing this, last week I received a promo ad to spend the day at Doug Polen’s school with the purchase of even the 848 Dark. But MSRP remains the same.

    But how does this relate to the new 3-cyl MV? IMO the F3 will be priced about the same as a Ducati 848 or Japanese literbike, say $14k. A significant discount over the new F4 so that it pulls buyers into the brand, but enough of a premium that MV can still (hopefully) make money with their smaller levels of production. The customer base at that price is significantly larger for a really special machine like MV, a buyer who really wants one could swing the extra $75/month over the cost of a CBR600RR. Another customer would be the experienced street rider who can afford an loaded Japaese literbike but realizes he really doesn’t need 170 hp and in fact less is more for riding enjoyment.

  • meatbag_pussrocket

    Wes, as a long time Jalop reader, recent time poster, i’m sad to see you leave, but thanks for letting us know about HFL. this looks to be a damn fine time!

  • AadmanZ

    Completely off topic:

    Just read your message on Jalopnik.. Great news Wes.

    Welcome to the Dark Side.

  • http://fear-of-heights-phobia.blogspot.com/2010/03/fear-of-heights-introduction.html MsSarahGreenwich

    I’m excited to be finally posting online after all these years. There really is no mystery about it, is there? I just dropped by your blog and had to write. I’m a recent college grad, journalism major if you must know, and I love the art of photography. I’ve got my website up but it’s nothing to brag about yet. None of my stuff’s been posted. Soon as I figure out how to do that, I’ll spend the afternoon posting my best pictures. anyways just thought I’d drop a line. I hope to return with more substantial stuff, stuff you can actually use. SPG