This is the first full photo of the MV Agusta F3, a bike that CEO Giovanni Castiglioni says will be, “the smallest supersport ever produced.” Sure, it’s only a variation on the design of the 2010 MV Agusta F4, but who cares when a bike is this sexy?
Update: another high-res image and official information.
When we interviewed Giovanni (Claudio’s son) earlier this month, he told us that the 675cc F3 is currently making 137bhp at the crank and predicted that they should have that up to 140 by the time the three-cylinder enters production next October.
Giovanni also revealed the price — €11,500 — the presence of a ride-by-wire throttle and other sophisticated electronics and described the overall package as, “like a 125.”
In addition to being lithe and almost impossibly good looking, the F3 brings two technological firsts to the supersport class: traction control, of which the benefits are obvious; and a counter-rotating crankshaft, which should cancel the majority of the engine’s vibrations. At 137bhp it’s already the second most powerful engine in the 600-ish class, behind the Ducati 848 Evo, but the 140bhp goal is almost ridiculous and would put this 675cc motor on par power wise with not only the 848, but also the 750cc inline-four of the original MV Agusta F4. If all that’s not enough, MV is also claiming that this motor is the most compact, short and narrow supersport engine too.
In addition to the F4-like looks, we see a swoopy, three-exit GP-style exhaust that leaves the rear wheel totally exposed by the single-sided swingarm. The frame is a two-part cast/trellis permiter item that seems to have the conflicting properties of looking dainty, yet strong at the same time. The stacked gearbox appears to be located exceptionally high behind the three inline cylinders. There’s also the de rigeur USD forks and radial Brembos.
The visual feeling of lightness is accentuated by that exposed wheel, the fairing’s tucked waist line to the rear of the brake calipers and the clear air you can see between subframe and tail unit. We’re really liking what we’re seeing here.
The F3 will be officially unveiled at EICMA this Tuesday. Joining this 3000px+ wide image in the gallery below are the two “spy” photos MV released a couple months back.