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.