After unveiling the MV Agusta F3, the Italian company’s new three-cylinder supersport model, at the 2010 EICMA show with virtually no concrete specifications, MV Agusta has been quiet about its new motorcycle ever since. Expected to arrive as a 2012 model, the wait from unveiling to production has been excruciatingly long for those who fell in love with the F3’s take on Massimo Tamburini’s classic design.
Since its launch, the only progress we’ve seen is Castiglioni’s quoted target price steadily rising, so MV Agusta wants to make sure would-be buyers (and the press) remain intrigued by the model the newly liberated company is counting on for its future profitability. As such, MV Agusta has sent out a press release giving a status update on the 2012 MV Agusta F3, and the news bodes well for Italian motorcycle fans, as it suggests things are ahead of schedule in Varese.
Updating us with the F3’s developmental progress, MV Agusta is still light on the technical figures, but has said the 2012 MV Agusta F3 has done a number of laps around the test track, and the motor has spent considerable time on the test bench. Power output is currently at 133hp, with the motor revving to over 15,000 rpm. According to MV, this puts the F3 ahead of its benchmark figures for this stage of the development process, but doesn’t it still doesn’t comment about what the goals are for the final production model.
What we do know is that the MV Agusta F3 will use a ride-by-wire throttle assembly, along with MV Agusta’s trademark counter-rotating crankshaft design. This configuration, according to MV Agusta, makes the F3 more nimble in fast direction changes, and helps with weight transfer when accelerating.
We’ll have to see to those claims when MV Agusta let’s us take an F3 for a spin, but perhpas the biggest news from the company’s update is that they will begin production in September 2011, with bikes available for purchase in later days of autumn.
Source: MV Agusta