MV Agusta F3 800: 148bhp, 65lb-ft, 381lbs

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Same weight, same wheelbase, same dimensions as the MV Agusta F3 675, just a longer stroke to boost power by 20bhp and torque by 13lb-ft. That should make this new MV Agusta F3 800 an incredibly fast, incredibly sharp, incredibly rider-friendly motorcycle. Best part? It’s only €1800 more.

Inside the three-cylinder motor with its counter-rotating crank, the bore remains the same as the 675 at 79.0mm, while the stroke is increased to from 45.9 mm to 54.3mm, upping capacity to 798cc. That 148bhp peak arrives at 13,000rpm while torque crests at 10,600. The rev limiter is set at 13,500. That all sounds very peaky, but the increased stroke should add useful flexibility into the low and mid-range not only over the 675, but all other 600-class motorcycles too, which this 800 remains similar in size and weight to.

MV has taken advantage of this newfound low and mid-range to fit taller gearing than the 675, swapping it from 16/43 to 17/39, which brings the top speed up to 167mph.

The other big changes are an upgrade to Brembo Monobloc radial front calipers and the fitment of a slipper clutch. Better braking and smoother corner entry should result.

Carried over from the 675 is MVICS, the company’s advanced system of electronic rider aids. These include switchable traction control, obviously, but also full ride-by-wire with no mechanical intervention whatsoever, switchable power delivery and engine brake control.

A wheelbase of just 1,380mm should guarantee sharp handling. According to RideApart’s in-depth Buyer’s Guide, the Ducati 848 Evo‘s wheelbase is a relatively lengthy 1,430mm while that bike makes only 140bhp to the MV’s 148. The Ducati does make more torque with 72lb/ft. The 800 is equipped with fully-adjustable 43mm, USD Marzocchi forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs shock.

A quickshifter will also be standard on the 800, which is priced at €13.99O in Italy. No word on US pricing or availability.

  • Damo Von Vinland

    That is impressive. Last gen peak liter bike performance out of an 800cc triple, but lighter.

    Sadly, this would smoke my RC51.

    • Jay

      At almost 500 pounds and 120 bhp, pretty much any modern middleweight would smoke your RC51. Your bike has much more character than most and I would probably pick it anyway.

      • Damo Von Vinland

        Yeah, to think at one point the RC51 SP2 was “the bike to have”.

        I love the thing to death, but I am putting a for sale sign on it in a couple weeks. Going back to a sport naked, I just put too many damn miles down these days to deal with sport bike tank humping.

    • Phoneix_Ikki

      This would also be true for my HP2 Sport :(

  • Corey Cook

    MV power figures. ALWAYS to be taken with a grain of salt. A large grain of salt…

    • Kr Tong

      I’ll be happy if it LOOKS like that on a dyno.

  • Ceol Mor

    Perhaps MV Agusta is trying to market to the law enforcement community with that new black & white color scheme. Not a fan.

    • Mr.Paynter

      Would you say no if they were giving it away?

  • Jay

    Considering the current 675 is already underperforming, why keep it in the lineup? This can’t really be that much more expensive to produce, and is supposedly the same weight. The 800 is needed to be competitive with the Triumph 675R, let alone the new baby Panigale coming out.

    • Piglet2010

      The 675 will be legal in most SuperSport classes, the 800 will not. Maybe time for a class between SuperSport and SuperBike? 750cc I-4 and V-4, 800cc I-3, and 850cc I-2 or V-2.

      Now for the Brutale which is not a potential race bike, the 800cc makes a lot more sense than the 675cc version.

  • Jordan

    I wonder if Yamaha has paid any attention to the new three cylinder MVs; it would be a shame to see all the hype they’ve built up in the past year for their new three cylinder project be a parts bin special that can’t compete with the naked Triumphs and Ducatis and the new MV Brutale.

    Minus the chicken wire mesh inserts, this bike has aged incredibly well. Hope it’s fully sorted by the time it is released.

    • Mugget

      I’m sure that Yamaha has paid attention… in any case it seems like we only have to wait until June 11 to find out…

      • Jordan

        That teaser video they released for the 11th reveal was… odd. Here’s hoping they can come up with something a little more exciting than their current FZ line up, which can’t be that hard to do, right?

  • Phoneix_Ikki

    That’s one sexy bike..unfortunately MV didn’t get the memo…put a damn ABS option in there already, especially since they’re doing it already on the F4 and Brutale