Why can’t you buy an MV Agusta F3 yet?

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MV Agusta’s been strangely quiet since unveiling the too-beautiful-for-words F3 last November. What gives? Well, they’ve been hard at work making sure their product is going to live up to their promises. Equipped with technology like a ride-by-wire throttle and counter-rotating crankshaft as well as an all-new 675cc, three-cylinder engine, the MV Agusta F3 breaks new ground for the tiny Italian company. Word today is the engine’s already surpassing 133bhp on a test bench while revving to over 15,000rpm and that production is expected to begin in September with the first bikes reaching customers late this year.

This announcement actually repeats what Giovanni Castiglioni told us last October. His own goal is 140bhp from the motor. While Giovanni stated the F3 will be “the smallest supersport ever produced” and also revealed the Italian price — €11,500 — no US pricing or even an availability date has yet been set.

While the F3 was shown in final visual form last year, it was clear at the time that it was by no means ready for production. Why show it so far ahead of time at the risk of jeopardizing demand for the MV Agusta F4 or at least creating demand for a product not yet available? It’s likely that the Castiglionis, who had just been paid €20 million by Harley to take back the company they’d sold to The Motor Company two years previously for $108 million, were eager to demonstrate MV’s direction while fostering confidence in the brand.

MV provides a tantalizing glimpse at the performance and handling characteristics they’re chasing with this on-going development program:

“The counter-rotating crankshaft, a defining feature that separates the F3 from the competition, guarantees superior handling that cannot be matched by motorcycles with a conventional engine architecture. The counter-rotating crankshaft not only offers an advantage during fast direction changes, there is also a massive benefit with regards to weight transfer during acceleration offering an increase in rear wheel traction.”

“The F3 offers the most advanced electronics and engine control system incorporating a Full Ride By Wire throttle body that together helps optimize the engine power and torque characteristics based on the needs and desires of the rider. The perfect harmony of electronics and vehicle chassis dynamics ensures that the F3 is agile and extremely easy to change rapidly the direction as well as giving the maximum amount of feedback to the rider when at maximum lean angles.”

  • Michael

    can’t wait for this bike, looks amazing, and if it can actually pull those numbers, this will be in my garage in a heartbeat

  • Myles

    So glad to see the brand (seemingly) doing well. 16 MotoGP constructors championships (second only to Honda) and 37 constructors championships between all classes (third behind Honda and Yamaha, would be second if you don’t count Yamaha’s 11 sidecar championships). Hell of a marque with great history and what sounds to be a hell of a new three-pot motor.

    Along with Aprilia they’ve really respresented/represent Italy’s past and future of motorcycling. Obligatory Ducati bashing of the day – Harley Davidson has more grand prix constructors championships than Ducati (Duck has the one GP championship, HD has two in Moto2).

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    Actually, I can’t buy this bike because I can’t afford it. But I love it super hard.

    Please please please have an 848 EVO and MV August F3 showdown of some type. Both are lustworthy.

    • seanslides

      I’ve got 100 bucks on the F3 absolutely eating it alive.

  • http://www.desmoworks.com desmoworks

    Just counting the days… I’ve already got mine secured!

  • Braden

    In the past, for some companies, I remember the price figure was often the same or close for euros and dollars, despite the disparity caused by exchange rates. Any speculation on whether this will hold true for the F3? $12k is quite appealing :)

    • Chris

      I think Sport Rider was saying it would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $13500 after an interview a few months back, not positive on that though

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        No, there is NO ballpark $ price yet. Stop reading silly made up BS.

        • Kyle

          Wes, cant you make up a number and put it in silly BS tags just to satisfy us?

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Giovanni told me it’s going to cost $5.99.

            How long till that gets repeated somewhere?

            • Kyle

              Depends, do you like your salad tossed or shot?

        • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

          I remembered hearing something about pricing, like Chris, ‘cept I know it was here at HFL.

          http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/10/mv-agusta-f3-italy%E2%80%99s-675/

          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.”

          http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/11/mv-agusta-f3-a-65-image-mega-gallery-of-two-wheeled-perfection/#comment-45078

          Additionally, Giovanni said they were really trying to target $12,000 so I wouldn’t expect the price to deviate more than a couple grand higher than that at most.

          Obviously, neither is a “FINAL PRICING IS THIS” but it’s certainly a ballpark. #Silly BS

          • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

            Well €11,500 is the European price. It’s logical to assume that the F3 will have to retail for less than the $18,500 F4 here in the US. Those are the only two data points.

            • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

              It’s my attempt to shed whatever light there is out there on the topic.

              Unless you get news from kitchen appliances, of course. In which case, $13,500 sounds good.

  • Bram

    Can’t wait for the 675 Brutale.