2012 MV Agusta F4 R: like an RR, but cheaper

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For 2012, MV Agusta is taking the 198bhp motor out of the F4 RR, sticking it in the regular F4, knocking 5bhp off and calling it the F4 R. Don’t worry, there’s new colors and a few other spec upgrades too. Consider the 193bhp/192kg (dry) 2012 MV Agusta F4 R a shot across the bow of the 195bhp/179kg (wet) Ducati 1199.

Undo the bolts at the front and axle retention clamp hinges open at the rear.

In addition to that “Corsa Corta” or short stroke motor, MV has brought back the quick release front axle mechanism of the original 1998 F4 Serie Oro and painted the bike in two new colors: red/grey or white/grey.

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In italy, the new bike will retail for €18,800, considerably cheaper than the €22,900 2012 MV Agusta F4 RR.

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Pre-1199, the F4 was already my personal favorite superbike. It provides all the performance of bikes like the RSV4 or S1000RR in a smoother, more cohesive package and still comes with electronic aids like switchable engine maps and 8-mode traction control.

Since our galleries are STILL broken, we’ve uploaded high-res image of the F4 R to Facebook.

  • Roman

    The white grey paintjob looks kind of weird, almost as if it’s incomplete. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but it needs more graphics/logos. Not that I’m their target demographic or anything…

    • robotribe

      I respectfully disagree. IMO, the simplicity of it is classy and sexiful.

      • Roman

        Heh, guess I’m in the minority on this one. FWIW, I think the red on grey looks great.

    • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

      I don’t have that type of cash laying about, and this bike would cost me my license, but damn is that a tasty looking bike.

  • Thom

    So good ! Ducati needs a good swift kick in the ass , especially from one of their own countrymen .

    Maybe this’ll wake them out of their slumber . Maybe .

    Damn Image Gallery glitches . I don’t do no stinkin FaceBook so no photo’s for me ! Snif ! :o(

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      You don’t need to “do” facebook old man. Just follow the link and they’re available.

      • Thom

        Molto Grazie

      • Gene

        Well, I can see the matrix of thumbnails, but as soon as I click on any of ‘em, I get just a “Not logged in – please log in to continue” dialog.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Oh, Facebook.

  • Gene

    Hahaha, my failbook account was finally deleted today, after it took them 2 weeks to do it. So what the heck happened to your galleries? They “usta work”

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      We’re not really sure yet, since nothing major changed that we’re aware of. The older galleries are fine, but ever since Wes’ Galluzzi interview went live, attaching new galleries throws up error messages.

      Therefor, I blame Wes.

  • Gene

    Oh yeah, and “The Adobe Flash plugin has crashed – send crash report” for the unreadable paper thingies.

    I guess that’s in memory of Steve?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      That’s your browser/flash player.

      • Gene

        Sorry, I need a sarcasm tag there. I got tired of Firefox bleating about Flash being out of date, so I upgraded to the latest, and since then, it mostly just crashes. Sigh.

  • Artful

    I want to hump that thing into sweet, sweet, submission.

    White on gray please, thanks.

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    That white/grey/black is absolutely gorgeous, it’s up there with the white daytona 675R in the stunning and classy category as far as i’m concerned.
    I’ll take an F3 in those colors please.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Adeysworld adeysworld

    MV Agusta truly understand the meaning of sexy…

  • rndholesqpeg

    One of the few inline 4 bikes I lust after. Do they really need another paint job other than their red and silver?

  • Maxwell

    ehh, more of the same it seems. They really need to get this F3 rolling to get some excitement back into that brand. As gorgeous as it is, they’ve laid on f4′s morals for sooo long now.

    • 1

      Agree with that. Personally, I’d likely go with a classic early model than this latest one. Why waste money on the latest and greatest when the next “evolution of the F4 is imminent”. I won’t dismiss that above bike does look sexy as hell and performance is impressive on paper.

      Where’s the innovation? At least Ducati take risks with their sportsbike, like dropping their trellis frame, under engine exhaust, and they had the balls to release the desmosedici to the consumer.

      The F4 was released in 1998, 13 years ago. By 2012 Ducati will have had 4 versions of their Superbike by then, 916, 999, 1098, 1199. That’s not even counting the 996, 998, 1198.

  • Archer

    “they’ve laid on f4′s morals for sooo long now.”

    heh heh. “morals”.

    That F4 is one immoral bi*ch, I’ll say.

  • Peter88

    The white/gray is hot. The red trellis frame peeking through the fairing is awesome. I’d be happy if she had 175 HP, but 193? Oh yes!

  • Adam

    Great bike but if you follow MVAgusta.net there is a ton of problems with the bike and the dealers.

    • BALZ RENGGLI

      Just like there is a ton of problems with the S1000R if you follow the BMW forum, lots of issues on the RSV4 on the Aprilia forum ….. People like to complain! There are lots more riders that are enjoying their bikes without issues. They are out riding rather than wasting time on posting boards..!!
      Btw, owned my 2010 F4 for well over a year. Done nothing but beating it up at the track. ZERO issues so far.