MV Agusta F3 675

Driving report: MV Agusta F3 675

Classy three-cylinder athlete from Italy

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Bright sunshine, an exclusive racetrack, almost 130 hp with a dry weight of 173 kilograms – it couldn’t be much better on two wheels. Only the frosty temperatures in southern France reminded of the seriousness of life at the premiere of the MV Agusta F3.


MV Agusta F3.

For some it is the most exciting new release of the season, for others – those who can’t do anything with less than 180 hp – it is probably just another performance emergency. One thing, however, should catch the eye of even the dogged PS freaks: the new MV Agusta F3 is one of the most beautiful super athletes ever built. The proportions are particularly impressive.


Well done: MV designer Adrian Morton has a knack for exhaust systems.

Cladding, tank, seat – in view of the harmonious appearance and the fine details typical of MV, such as the elaborate single-sided swing arm and the filigree wheels, even savvy professionals will warm to the heart. That is sorely needed because the temperatures at the presentation in Le Castellet are anything but suitable for the race track. Minus straight in the morning, just over zero degrees at noon – that usually comes to mind other than driving around in a circle. As I said, usually. However, the carpet of sound that the ultra-compact three-cylinder with a mighty 79-millimeter bore and short 45.9-millimeter stroke lays over the route when it warms up, even allows icebergs to thaw. Whoever takes a seat experiences the typical, greedy MV snorkeling from the airbox. And successful ergonomics that no longer have anything to do with the “rack” of the F4, but rather reminds of a Japanese Supersport 600 with a wasp waist.


The frame encloses the engine like a glove. The swing arm is typically MV, the Quickshifter (around 300 euros) highly recommended.

No wonder, because the slim engine with its counter-rotating crankshaft and a balancer shaft – it is a whopping 80 millimeters narrower than the Triumph three-cylinder – is incredibly delicate. Handlebar ends and footrests are exactly in the right place. Tea fan-tas-tic Pirelli Supercorsa in a grippy SC2 mix (standard is the more civil Pirelli Rosso Corsa), which was raised for the presentation in southern France, are at operating temperature thanks to the tire warmers. Here we go!
But restrained, of race, after all, the driver also has to warm up with the F3 and the track. Fortunately, the 675 is much more manageable in this regard than the former GP course, which demands people and material with devilishly fast corners (like the right bend at the end of the back straight) or common corners. Above all, the impressive handiness of the F3, coupled with a good shot of traditional MV stability, convince from the first few meters. Nimble, but by no means nervous, the F3 snakes in to follow the given radius in the further course full of confidence. Or, if necessary, to react instantly to line corrections and willing to change direction.

Hey, the way to the top of the curve can be so easy! That was almost forgotten in the whole of the 1000s bang of the recent past. Just like the fact that "only" two-piece four-piston calipers from Brembo with fat 320-millimeter discs leave absolutely nothing to be desired. And then only this relaxed acceleration phase, when you don’t have to mentally wrestle every further degree of throttle opening, but instead step on the gas with joy. A pleasure, also because the three-cylinder transmits the torque in the preferred working range between 10,000 and 14,500 rpm to the rear wheel in a finely calculable manner. And should it be too much: no problem, MV has revised the in-house eight-stage traction control from its big sister F4 and made it work in the F3. 47 instead of the previous four pulses per revolution now come from the rear wheel and are processed together with the other parameters to form a data menu that prevents the rear wheel from slipping too far.


The cockpit design is familiar from the F4, mapping and traction control are adjusted from the handlebars.

In general, the electronics! It has never been more present in the super sports class than in the new F3. In addition to traction control, there are also various mapping variants on board, which significantly influence the response behavior and performance of the triplet. In addition to the rain mode (also automatically activates level eight of the traction control), the modes “Normal”, “Sport” and “Custom” should satisfy personal preferences and route requirements, with “Custom” allowing programming entirely according to individual needs . But even this option cannot change much about the rather tough response of the 675 cm³ engine. Just as little as the fact that this short-stroke engine has its undoubted strength in the upper third of the speed range and the six-speed cassette gearbox is sometimes a bit stubborn. In view of the sensational price of 11,990 euros for an MV Agusta, these are venial sins. And this F3 is definitely worth a sin. 


Oops, a red and silver statement has been put on the wheels in Varese (the F3 is also available in black and white), with which the dream of an MV can become a reality for many fans. This motorcycle is fascinating all along the line and will bring a lot of life to the super sports class, which has gone under in recent years. I’m looking forward to the first comparison test. The F3 will certainly be involved.

Technical specifications


Tea MV Agusta F3 675 is definitely worth a sin.

Technical specificationsdrive  
Three-cylinder in-line engine, 4 valves / cylinder, 94.2 kW (128 PS) at 14400 / min *, 71 Nm at 10600 / min *, 675 cm3, bore / stroke: 79.0 / 45.9 mm, compression: 13.0: 1 , ignition / injection system, 50 mm throttle valves, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch, six-speed gearbox, chainlanding gear  
Light alloy central tube frame, steering head angle: 66 degrees, caster: 99 mm, wheelbase: 1380 mm, inner fork tube Ø: 43 mm, spring travel from / h .: 125/123 mm 
Wheels and brakes  
Light alloy cast wheels, 3.50 x 17 / 5.50 x 17, front tires: 120/70 ZR 17, rear: 180/55 ZR 17, 320 mm double disc brake with four-piston fixed calipers at the front, 220 mm single disc with two-piston fixed caliper at the rear 
Weight (dry)  173 kg * Tank capacity: 16.0 liters of super 
Base price  11990 Euro (plus ancillary costs) *

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