One New MV Agusta Debuting in 2017, Two in 2018

03/13/2017 @ 2:08 pm, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS

It has been a long road for MV Agusta, over the past few years. However, the Italian brand seems ready to finally move on from its financial troubles, once we see its debt restructured in the Italian courts, and the investment secured from Black Ocean.

MV Agusta latest issues, which concern cash flow difficulties, seem to be balancing out as well, though the effect on the company’s new model lineup has been noticeable, with a disappointing lack of new machines to show at the 2016 EICMA show.

As such for the 2017 edition of the trade show, we should have measured expectations, with Giovanni Castiglioni saying in an interview with MCN that only one new model will debut later this year, and only two new bikes will be shown in 2018.

This means that we will almost certainly see a new four-cylinder Brutale debuting at EICMA later this year, as a 2018 model year bike. Castiglioni has already hinted at as much.

What else remains to be seen from the Italian motorcycle manufacturer is a bit of a topic though. The company’s entire four-cylinder range is due for an update, not just the Brutale. However, Castiglioni has made it clear that the MV Agusta F4 is not a priority for the Varesini company.

New four-cylinder models, specially in the touring/ADV category could fit nicely in MV Agusta’s range, though one has to consider that the company’s three-cylinder lineup is starting to age as well.

It is also worth noting that a couple models – namely the Rivale, Stradale and F4 – are not Euro4 homologated. A sign that they are either due to be replaced in the lineup, or discontinued altogether.

With many holes to fill, it will be interesting to see how MV Agusta prioritizes its available resources. While the Italian brand seems headed down the right path, it has many more miles to travel before it arrives at its destination. We remain cautiously optimistic.

Source: MCN

  • LeDelmo

    It’s about time! I have been waiting for this for so long.

    I love MV Agusta. They have always been a dream bike of mine. But they just have never meshed with what I was looking for in a bike. The one exception being the Brutale 1078RR. That was hands down MV’s best bike to me.

    I am looking to this new F4 model as a means to see what direction the future of MV holds.

    This bike will show what the future of MV is. As I see the F3 models as more of a testing platform. At-least thats all I can make of it. MV went nuts with the F3 line. That poor line has had so many revisions they dont even know what they are sopost to be anymore.


    And maybe they’ll expand their USA dealer network by another 25%.

  • Shinigami

    Caution optimism aside, beautiful bikes are just not enough. Without a reliable dealer network and some assurance of a future for this company (which, let’s face it, is still on perilously thin ice) my two-inch-thick wad of dead president portraits I earmarked two years ago for an F3 800 is staying in my safe, instead of on the counter of the (apparently, now former) MV dealer in my area.

  • MikeD
    Another BNG, fancy golden boingers, bronze colored Marchesini forged wheels and wiz-bang electronic doodas special edition . . . optimistically hoping to be VERY wrong.
    MV Agusta, The Italian version of Buell.

  • coreyvwc

    Living in San diego it always feels weird hearing people complain about MV and various other European brands not having a solid dealer network. I have 2 MV dealers within 20 miles of where I live, and several more up in Los angeles. Sucks to live in the midwest I guess…

  • james h

    I don’t think their WSBK & WSS machines will convince many race fans to buy these new bikes. Especially after this last race weekend with two DNF’s.

  • LabRat

    Run by Aussie;s

  • Superlight

    No, the F3 models are more than just a “testing” platform – they are great mid-size bikes all on their own, but MV did go nuts on the (too) many models.

  • Superlight

    As an MV owner I understand your caution, but I can tell you the triples themselves are worth the risk if you are looking for the ultimate in sporty aesthetics, handing and a raw, performance character. I, too, would like to see more dealers.

  • Superlight

    Yes, that was disappointing, but did you notice that Cluzel blew up his Honda CBR600 in the same WSS race? If any engine should be bulletproof it would be that Honda motor, which has used for the past several seasons in moto2 racing. Also, one of the new factory Yamaha R6s didn’t finish the race due to “technical” problems, so MV wasn’t alone with mechanical issues.

  • Also keep in mind that MV has addressed many of the issues that intially plagued the triples. They’re pretty well-sorted bikes now.

  • Shinigami

    Which is fine for some, but moot for me. My Utah dealer appears to have dropped MV entirely. Little surprise as they knew absolutely nothing about the MV bikes on hand when they acquired the assets of the previous (Ducati, Bimota, MV) dealer.

    My first clue was after I pulled into the lot and got a greeting of “nice Panigale” from a salesman.

    I was on a 2014 Interceptor…

    True story.

  • james h

    Very true. Its quite possible I was unknowingly holding their brand reputation against them. Not that theirs is the worst, it’s that Honda & Yamaha’s are better which caused me to turn a blind eye. My bad.

  • Jason Channell

    Can they fix PJ Jacobsen’s bike first? It blew up pretty good this past Sunday.

  • Jason Channell

    PJ Jacobsen shares your pain.

  • Superlight

    And so did Cluzel’s Honda.

  • Superlight

    No one questions MV’s need for a better dealer network in the US. If I were running the MV ship that would be my first priority.
    It’s kind of like the new Alfa Romeo Guilia that is just now available here – a great car according to the journos, but certainly more buyer risk than the competitors.

  • Shinigami

    Which is arguably much more surprising than Jacobsen’s issue.

  • Superlight

    Agreed, as the Honda 600 motors have been used in moto2 racing for a few years now.

  • sburns2421

    IIRC the new Brutale will be a 1200cc inline-4.
    Seems logical a sportbike with the same engine (perhaps tuned for bigger peak hp numbers), and a de-stroked version for 1000cc and higher revs as a homologation special if they continue in WSBK.
    With MV stating they will reduce the number of bikes they produce significantly, they have to concentrate on the higher-end and large margin machines. They would go broke(r) if all they made were Brutale triples.

  • Roland J Cannon

    Shinigami, Im not high…they disappeared. I swore one week they had 32 mv’s in the parking lot, then they were history…I wanted the white Brutale 800. It was the most beautiful motorcycle i’ve ever seen. Im glad I passed if they are no longer selling them.

  • Shinigami

    The shop I have in mind had the exact F3 800 I wanted, in the exact color. They knew NOTHING about the bike.

    I won’t buy an expensive (pocket money, but still expensive) potentially high-maintenance item without any assurance of quality maintenance.

  • Roland J Cannon

    Yes, Im here in the salt lake valley, and I know the shop. Hows the Aprilia selection? The people there are very nice and friendly. When it comes to knowledge, well, they are very nice and friendly…They complimented me and my zx10. To be fair, I ride a Ninja 1000, and the official name does start with “zx10…….” not that far off, but still.

  • Superlight

    We’ll see. Developing a new engine (the 4-cylinder) is just about the most expensive thing a motorcycle company can do, so we’ll see if they can make it happen.
    I agree MV needs to concentrate on the higher end/larger margin machines, but I also believe they could do that with the triples by equipping them with the best currently available componentry rather than parts designed to enable price point. They already have appearance second to none, now just add the high-zoot parts.