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