The new “EVO” style rules for the 2015 World Superbike Championship are having some interesting effects. Honda may or may not finally release its V4 superbike, Yamaha has two versions of its YZF-R1 set to unveil at EICMA, one a homologation special, Ducati has the new 1299 debuting, allegedly with Superleggera innards in the motor, and now we see something from MV Agusta.
A leaked powerpoint slide seems to outline a new model, the MV Agusta F4 RC, which will be the company’s racing platform in WSBK going forth; and unsurprisingly, the racing F4 has many engine modifications made to the “street bike” for homologation purposes (EVO rules don’t allow much engine tuning for WBSK race bikes from stock).
If the slide is to be believed, and there’s no reason to doubt it, the 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC will cost €40,000 (the price cap for WSBK racing machines), make 210hp and weight 175kg (386 lbs) when dry.
To achieve this power increase, MV Agusta has reportedly designed a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, while also using bigger fuel injectors, lighter pistons, and titanium connecting rods. Suspension will unsurprisingly be from Öhlins, brakes by Brembo, while the titanium exhaust will be from Termignoni.
Expect the MV Agusta F4 RC to be littered with titanium, magnesium, and carbon fiber bits to get the weight down as well. With only a week to go before EICMA, we shouldn’t have long to wait to see if these reports are true, and what the F4 RC looks like in the flesh.