MV Agusta F4 Gets ABS for 2013

04/16/2013 @ 5:07 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS


The boys and girls in Varese, Italy are giving only modest updates to the MV Agusta F4 for the 2013 model year, as the company’s four-cylinder superbike will sport an ABS package from Bosch. Featuring the dual-channel Bosch 9M+ anti-lock braking system with anti-rear wheel lift, the F4 will be able to handle better low-traction stops and wet surfaces.

As the name suggests, the Bosch system also keeps the rear-wheel from lifting up during hard braking actions, which may throw a wench in your plans for epic stoppies, but it also will keep Italian dream machine in-check when diving deep into the braking zones.

MV Agusta has programmed two modes into the ABS package: Normal and Race. In the “normal” mode, ABS kicks in freely and at all times, whereas in “race” mode, its thresholds are set much higher for racing conditions. Pretty straight-forward stuff, right? And yes for you Luddites, the Bosch 9M+ can also be switched completely off for those of you who have an extremely well-calibrated braking grip.

The addition of ABS to the MV Agusta F4 completes the Italian company’s modernization of its superbike flagship, having already added traction control, electronically adjusted suspension, and a ride-by-wire throttle to the Italian superbike. So what are you waiting for? Go buy one already.


Source: MV Agusta

  • loki

    Hummm… Panigale rear wheel?

  • Damo

    As soon as new MV’s come with a competent dealer network as well, maybe I’ll look at one.

  • jake

    “modest upgrades for 2013” that’s kind of funny since they added the full electronic package, electronic suspension, ride by wire, lighter wheels, shorten exhaust, trimmed fairings, etc…… just sayin that’s a bit more than modest.

    anyway all these rider aids are killing the joy of biking for me. Not one of them would make me buy any of the new bikes. especially if I couldn’t completely disable or remove them out right.. Instead of all this marketing junk they are throwing at the MV, they should instead focus on simple things, like better support for their products,tanks that don’t expand, controls that are actually useful. you know simple stuff. great bikes but the company lacks focus

  • Gutterslob

    I think ABS will be mandatory for all bikes in the EU after 2015, so you can’t blame MV for that one. They’re just getting a head start. Personally can’t form a concrete opinion on ABS. I’ve only tried one bike with it, and it felt weird.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Hummm… Panigale rear wheel?”

    not so much, look closely. but you can be sure the mental association you just made is the one they were going for. :)

    re: “I think ABS will be mandatory for all bikes in the EU after 2015”

    correct. ABS being optional on current CBR250’s and NIN250’s tells us everything we need to know.

    re: “Personally can’t form a concrete opinion on ABS. I’ve only tried one bike with it, and it felt weird.”

    3 words… BRAKING ZONE OWNAGE…!!!

  • Jordan

    Considering how hard it is to fuel a bike smoothly that will still pass emissions and the fall out from the F3’s release, it will be interesting to see if MV ever recovers any grace. I’m not jumping on the hate train, it’s that just kind of hurt my confidence in the company.

  • niko

    what’s new on this bike? nothing..

    what happen to MV’s engineer?did they lack of idea to build the new 100% MV Agusta F4?

    we’ve seen the face for years..many many years…MV should give the bike the new face one..

    just look at ducati..from 996, 999, 1198 and 1199 panigale..

    what a shame on MV Agusta…they should fire all the engineer or take prezisiosi to lead the new design

  • Norm G.

    re: “what’s new on this bike? nothing.”

    everything. someone hasn’t been paying attention.

  • Robert Chase

    Disclaimer: I’m an F4 owner.

    Between traction control and ABS I would rather ABS. Throttle control is slightly easier than brake modulation at least for me. Glad to see MV’s finally got ABS on these machines.

    Starting in 2010 these bikes were completely redesigned. MV has done a lot of engineering work on them since 2010. Even though the looks are the same it’s not exactly what they started out with. Any of your truly beautiful designs stay the same for many years. Tamburini got it right many years ago. 2010+ bikes have very few if any parts compatible with the 2009 and earlier models.

    What I don’t like is the cost cutting that MV has done over the years on these bikes. My F4 is an older 2002 evo2. The new models don’t have the fit and finish that the older ones did. Add in the plastic fuel tank that distorts when you put E10 fuel in it and the problems with the fueling and the electronics that MV has had with the newer models and you start to understand why I am so happy with my 11 year old F4 and have no interest in upgrading.

    MV needs to make a significant investment in quality and their dealer network if they want to grow. Not all of your owners are groupies of your brand that will buy forever regardless of what you put your logo on.

  • Motocrazy

    Nobody has a mind or originality of their own!! Monkey see monkeys do

  • Faust

    Nothing is new on these bikes? Well, the entire lineup (F4, F4R, F4RR) now use the same short stroke engine that was previously only available on the RR which puts out a claimed 195 HP at the crank (so COMPLETLY different from last year). They also bumped the RR up to a claimed 201 at the crank. The new MVICS system is completely different now thanks to the new ride by wire throttle. The F4 and F4R have the Brembo M4s, but the F4RR gets the top of the line Brembo M50s, along with a revised frame and a new Ohlins electronic steering dampner. The RR has electronically adjustable suspension like the Duc too. They added a throttle blipper to the F4 lineup (not too many bikes come stock with that, eh?). For some reason the RR has a 4 piston rear caliper too. Sound like they put some new stuff on the bike to you? Oh well, people are always going to just blindly hate things, so I don’t even know why I bother.