MV Agusta Working on New Four-Cylinder Platform

04/14/2015 @ 3:32 pm, by Jensen Beeler18 COMMENTS


Even though we just finished covering the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Yours Truly is still on the road…and I’m actually all the way out in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (near Nice, France) for the international press launch for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800.

We have just had the media debrief on the new Adventure-Sport machine, where MV Agusta President and CEO Giovanni Castiglioni had some interesting news.

First, the Turismo Veloce is the last of the new three-cylinder models from MV Agusta, as the Italian manufacturer feels it has completely exhausted the market segments for the three-cylinder platform.

Second, the MV Agusta is in the process of bringing out an all-new four-cylinder platform, which we presumably will start seeing as early as the 2015 EICMA show, as MV Agusta expects to debut four new models for 2016.

Betting MV Agusta fans can expect the company from Varese to perhaps begin with its flagship model, the MV Agusta F4.

Not only is the current F4 the oldest model in MV Agusta’s lineup (with noted updates over the years), but it presumably would also be the basis for the other two-wheeled iterations to come from the four-cylinder platform.

This strategy follows what we saw in the rollout of the three-cylinder platform, with the F3 coming first, followed by the Brutale 675, etc.

That’s insightful because Castiglioni hinted that the process would mimic that three-cylinder launch, in that a four-cylinder touring motorcycle would likely come last in the development process.

It should be noted that plans are still coming together, as Castiglioni candidly admitted that the company was not even sure what that touring machine would look like (good money would be on a proper touring bike to rival BMW, Harley-Davidson, and Honda though).

The news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise for Italian motorcycle fans, as the F4 has slowly been getting long in the tooth.

Complicating matters further are the new World Superbike rules, which require factories to produce near-ready race bikes for the public, in order to be competitive on the race track.

With MV Agusta looking to elevate its racing status, it will need an all-new model to be seriously competitive in WSBK; and even though the MV Agusta F4 RC is the highest performing machine ever to come from Varese, it is still based around aged design ideas and technology.

Stay tuned Italian motorcycle fans. Good things are coming down the pipe.

Source: MV Agusta

  • Superlight

    Hopefully the new F4 will be smaller, lighter and more powerful than the current model.

  • Jonn Dol

    Not only the next F4 superbike must be lighter & more powerful, it deserved to receive an all-new design languange as well (revolution instead of evolution) !

  • Claude

    That’s great to hear! As a long time Mv fan and owner, I am encouraged by this news. I will say that the gauntlet has been dropped and the competition will be stiff. I hope that Varese takes that into account and gives us a proper, capable and nimble superbike!

  • amasbkiscool

    did your website not cover the ama races.. at cota.. on the same weekend..?

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    I’m looking forward to the review of the Turismo Veloce (Lusso?) On my radar. I just hope they get the poor dealer network sorted before it hits US shores.

    Yeah, the F4 is very old but one of the most beautiful looking and sounding bikes ever produced. Biggest beef in all the years is heavy steering that runs wide
    and too much pork.

  • AHA

    In Cap Ferrat in Springtime and riding the Turismo Veloce? ‘Furious hissing jealous fit’ doesn’t even come close!

  • damn

    I hope with a totaly new design. this design from the stoneage is just grown fugly.

  • Starmag

    Awesome. Cause there’s not enough choices for four cylinder repli-racers that sell in small numbers anyways. Who needs dealers and support when you have the lastest high mounted molded plastic tailpiece? Drool.

  • Spurdog1

    Know how you feel! Lovely part of the planet on any bike.

  • Inquiring Mind

    Off topic: what happened to the R3 review?

  • Superlight

    We’d all like to see something revolutionary from a design standpoint and that may happen here, but MV’s current look still blows away everything Japanese and rivals even their Italian competition, like Ducati and Aprilia. I’d argue the F3 design was just an evolution, but is still one the most beautiful designs on the market.

  • grahluk

    Despite it’s continued beauty the F4 has been looking decidedly porky compared to the lithe triples they’ve put out the last few years. Worse it looks (and is) porky compared to it’s competitors. I saw the new R1 fresh from the crate yesterday. So very compact. Like a 600. Today’s benchmark. I’m sure MV will turn out a new F4 along those lines but with it’s characteristic flair. What they really need to do though is nail down their reliability and parts chain. You can have all the most beautiful high tech toys in the world but if they don’t work what good are they?

  • sburns2421

    I guess the chances of a big-bore (1130-ish cc) triple are gone now. Too bad.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    I really do respect the Tamburini design of the F4 and it’s related iconography, but claiming it ‘blows away’ anything is drinking the kool aid. The bike looks good in its own way, but having a diamond shaped headlight and slab sides is not some kind of divine birthmark.

  • Superlight

    Well, I did drink the kool aid – I bought an F3! If you polled your motorcycling buddies I think you’d find general agreement that MV has made (and still does) some of the best looking sport bikes on the market. It’s very risky for a company to diverge from a proven formula – look what happened with sales of the Ducati 999.

  • Mitchel Durnell

    They are good looking, but they don’t make the other bikes look bad. Indeed, that frame/trellis junction is a little hard to get used to and almost looks Korean (needlessly hard angles, plastic clutter).

  • Superlight

    This is a subjective issue and we just disagree. I go to the IMS show every year to see what’s new. This year I focused on the new R1, which I’m sure is a great bike, but compared to the 1299 Pani at the show the R1 looked like it was unfinished to me. I generally don’t care for Japanese bike design. That, of course, is my opinion.

  • jake318

    Although Manufactures made a big jump in 2015, MV AGUSTA F4RC still makes MORE HP than any of the Japanese or European manufactures Superbikes (210hp/ 212hp. Kawasakis H2 is more Hot Rod than Superbike. Yamahas R1 lap times where a full 3 seconds faster than the H2 due to the H2 slight Flexy chassis. MV AGUSTA engineers deserve credit as they have massaged a 15 year old engine design (still has hemispherical heads) to make class leading power . I own 10 superbikes from all manufactures even a ROEHR 1250SC and my F41000RR is one of my favorites.(tied with ROEHR 1250SC very underrated = walks away from my Ducati 1198) fastest bike= Worked Aprilia RSV4. another great bike but a bit small for my 6ft 4 frame.