2015 MV Agusta F4 RC Confirmed – $46,000

12/30/2014 @ 12:30 pm, by Jensen Beeler11 COMMENTS

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One of the more surprising things to come from MV Agusta USA’s price sheet for its 2015 models is the confirmation of the MV Agusta F4 RC superbike — a bike that had been leaked ahead of the 2014 EICMA show.

MV Agusta hasn’t publicly released details on the F4 RC yet, though leaked information points to a homologation special styled superbike with over 200hp.

Expected to cost €40,000 in the European market (the price cap for WSBK racing machines), American enthusiasts will enjoy the MV Agusta F4 RC’s $46,000 price tag in the United States.

If rumors are true, we can expected a 210hp machine that weighs 386 lbs dry. Since WSBK and similar superbike regulations are pushing engine development freezes from production models, we can expect MV Agusta to build out the F4 RC’s motor quite extensively for consumers.

As such owners can expect a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, while also using bigger fuel injectors, lighter pistons, and titanium connecting rods.

Other go-fast parts will be standard too. Expect to see Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and a titanium exhaust from Termignoni.

We’re not sure why MV Agusta has been mum until now about the F4 RC project, but now that the cat is out of the bag, it shouldn’t be long until the Italian marque announces its race bike platform.

Source: MV Agusta USA

  • Faust

    This just in, styling will be reminiscent of the 1999 F4 750S….. How long are they going to make exactly the same looking bike? I mean, even Ducati had to give up the 916/996/998 after a while.

  • sburns2421

    …And it still looks better than any other inline four by a large measure.

    It did receive a restyle in 2010, but is derivative of the original. I think MV knows it will be a tough act to follow in the looks department.

  • Superlight

    @ Faust: Yes, the styling still pays homage to the original F4 of 1998, just like the Porsche 911 still has hints of the 1963 version, but it is a classic design. Look what happened to Ducati when they finally departed from the 916/996/998 series to the 999. You know a new F4 is in the works, but the current bike is what they have to sell right now.

  • Faust

    @superlight, I’m one of those weirdos who actually liked the 999. I think the F4 still looks great, and I can’t really see how they are going to change it and keep MV people (are there MV people?) happy. I just wonder how long this bike is going to keep going.

  • Jake

    I don’t think change for the sake of change is always good. I liked the original F4 and actually like the updated 2010+ design better. But a lot of people hated it. As long as the performance is good I don’t mind if they stick with what they have, but even then the performance is at the point (with all bikes) that aesthetics are almost as important. I hated the 999 but loved the 1098/1198 and not really fond of the Panigale at all.

    For me the biggest problem with all the new bikes is that they are just ugly. I ride track only but I’m not a racer and don’t pretend to need MotoGP level performance, so I have to actually like the bike I ride. I mean it just kills me what Yamaha has done to the R1 and the 2015 isn’t any better. I’d take a 2000 or 2005 R1 over the new one without hesitation. If MV can’t come up with something that is actually better looking then the current F4 then I’d prefer the keep what they have.

  • Quiet American

    I don’t get the hate for MV Agusta maintaining the original F4 styling themes. This is one of the best looking motorcycles in history from maybe the greatest designer to have ever lived. It still looks more moden than anything else for sale. It’s not produced in Toyota Camry volume as to wear thin by being seen dozens of times a day. In the exotic car world the Pagani Zonda enjoyed a 16 year run with less styling tweaks. In the less than exotic realm, the Porsche 911 has been mostly the same for 129 years. It was way farther from perfect in looks when introduced than was the F4.

  • Superlight

    How could MV change the F4 styling and still keep their current customers happy? Well, it’s not easy, but a good example of moving from a good design to an even better one is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Nothing wrong with the last generation, but the current one kept the Jeep design cues and improved upon them. It can be done.

  • Tom

    Sex sells and the design, like the Porsche 911, need only be evolutionary rather than revolutionary.

  • MikeD

    $46K ? That’s Cake.
    Ah, yes . . . where’s that chunk of “spare” money i had laying around ?
    Wait . . . i have no use for something like that anyways. : P

  • Shinigami

    This past August I walked into my local MV dealer- the only one in a 400 mile radius- with cash in pocket ready to buy an in-stock F3 800.

    I walked out after less than an hour later shaking my head at the utter ignorance of the service and sales staff about the product. Absolutely no confidence in their ability to service the thing.

    Until MV does something about their woeful dealers here in the USA they will continue to be a marginal player.

    Gorgeous bikes alone are not enough.

  • John Mith

    I like the styling of the F4. It’s one of those timeless designs that you never get tired of looking at.

    That being said though the F4 design is very long in the tooth. The tail mounted exhausts look awesome but put a ton of weight up high on the bike where it’s most harmful to performance. MV is one of the only “exotic” brands left even though they use a ton of Chinese parts on their bikes. Why not get the Chinese to make some Titanium exhausts for these bikes from the factory? They already make the wheels and a large number of other rather important components. A TI exhaust, Forged wheels and some other weight savings from the factory could be done in China and actually drop the weight on the bike. Your customer base will pay regardless of the quality based on what you have been doing already.

    I also agree about the dealership network. The dealers don’t know these products at all. Most of the time they can’t even be bothered to help serious buyers. Of course you can also just forget about having them find you something you are looking for. Customers that want specific bikes often are on their own to find them.

    The F4 has the right “bones” to be a serious Superbike. The Ferrari designed engine that’s lived on from the original 750’s in the Corsa Corta configuration is a great engine. Drop some weight from the engine and the bike itself and refine the electronics. The MV owner community is filled with knowledge of how to refine and tune these bikes to make them perform halfway decently. Reach out to the community and find out what they are doing and what they want and deliver the bikes from the factory working correctly. The RC is the bike that you should be selling as the RR if the rumors are true. Work with your Chinese partners and mass produce the parts needed to get the price in line. If the F4 RR sold for 30K people would still buy it. The solution is in reach if you have the motivation to make the F4 a serious performer.