New products: MV Agusta F4 1000 R

Innovations, MV Agusta F4 1000 R

MV Agusta F4 1000 R

Can, may and even have to revise a design icon like the MV Agusta F4? Three times yes – especially if the result looks as exciting as the new MV Agusta F4.

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It was the highlight of the 1997 Milan trade fair, an absolute hammer. The fans rolled their eyes transfigured, even the chins of some hardened journalists fell when company boss Claudio Castiglioni lifted the cloth and an incredibly elegant super sports machine came to light. The was designed M.V Agusta F4 from the master of all forms, Massimo Tamburini. Like the Ducati 916, also from his pen, an epoch-making work of art, design for eternity.

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MV Agusta F4 1000 R


The characteristic trumpet quartet remained under the rump, but the exhaust pipes are now angular.

In order to keep the Japanese four-cylinder team under control in terms of performance, all stops were pulled out. The radial four-valve engine has the same bore-to-stroke ratio as the previous 1000, got variable intake lengths, double injection nozzles, an exhaust flap, an anti-hopping clutch and a more powerful engine management system, eight-stage traction control and mappings that can be switched between sport and rain mode includes. The swing arm, which has been extended by 20 millimeters with the wheelbase unchanged, is intended to help bring power to the ground.

In addition, the F4 had to slim down. The kilos tumbled at every nook and cranny, MV proclaimed a total reduction of ten kilograms. The dry weight is now nominally 192 kilograms. The engine lost just under three, the new swing arm, tank and wheels each lost 1.2 kilograms, and the fairing even lost three. The MV is also visually slimmer, firmer and crisper. The well-shaped curves were retained, but the waist became even slimmer. And the driver is now placed further forward, so that the handling should get the sharpness required today.

In other words, a completely new motorcycle whose packaging still seems familiar. More details on the exciting Italian beauty will follow soon in MOTORRAD.

Technical specifications


More power, better drivability, less weight and a more modern chassis layout should bring the F4 back to the top.

In-line four-cylinder engine, bore / stroke 76/55 mm, 998 cm³, power 137 kW (186 PS) at 12900 / min, torque 114 Nm at 9600 / min, composite frame steel / aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 50 mm, Single-sided swing arm, double disc brake in front, Ø 320 mm, disc brake in rear, Ø 210 mm, wheelbase 1430 mm, tank capacity 17 liters, dry weight 192 kg, price 18,500 euros

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