In exactly one week’s time, A&R will be toughing it out in the harsh Milanese winter, sipping our cappucino, while MV Agusta shows us the latest iteration of their F4 Superbike. After releasing photos of the new 2010 MV Agusta Brutale, and teasing us with the front-view of the F4, we were a little worried the design of the new MV flagship (rendered above) was going to be a little stale. Will the new MV live up to the hyperbole? Only time will tell. Rumored bike details after the jump.
MV Agusta holds onto a precarious position as the company has defined itself in the industry with its breath-taking designs. In many ways, the lines of the F4, with its stacked headlight, single-sided swingarm, and 4 pipe under-seat exhaust, have become a part of MV’s brand identiy, making it difficult for the company to move past Tamborini’s original piece of art into new revisions.
When the new Brutale copied almost exactly the lines of its predecessor, despite being 80% new in design, we were worried that the 2010 MV Agusta F4 would follow a similar fate. There’s a strong possibility that will be the case come a week’s time, but it does seem that MV Agusta has done a little work under the hood.
It’s being rumored that MV Agusta has re-worked the 998cc inline-four motor to make 186 hp at 12,900 rpm. Engine features include two fuel-injectors per cylinder, variable length intake, a slipper clutch, and 8-way adjustable traction control system that is supposed to be the best the market has seen to date.
The F4’s chassis has also supposedly gotten the once-over, with a longer and lighter single-sided swingarm and more slender overall profile. A “bi-xenon” head lamp (seen already in MV’s teaser photo) follows similar lines of the previous F4, and we can expect to see the same 4 tip exhaust cans under the F4’s seat.
According to Managing Director of MV Agusta, Enrico D’Onofrio:
“The launch of the new F4 continues the path of success started with the new Brutale MV Agusta to return to writing new pages in its glorious history and rich tradition of victory. The F4 comes from an entirely new project with the aim of improving excellence as an extreme mixture of art of design and sport performance. Continue in future to invest in developing new projects to broaden the range of our amazing motorcycles.”
We’re still hopeful that the new MV Agusta F4 will live up to the hype, but considering how many parts the new bike will likely share with the Brutale, we’re still having a hard time believing we’ll be “wowed” in Milan next week. Stay tuned for photos and a detailed write up.