We’ve already covered the 2010 MV Agusta Brutale 990R and 1090RR , but can’t pass over this barely released technical video showing the most important details of the four-cylinder, four-stroke, 16-valve engine that achieved MV’s main goal for the 2010 Brutales – to meet Euro 4 regulations even if it meant sacrificing some of the previous generation’s horsepower and torque.
Italian manufacturer MV Agusta has today presented a teaser shot partially unveiling the 2010 version of the F4 superbike scheduled for the official launch on November 8.
Given the fact that the 1998 model was designed by Massimo Tamburini and has withstood the test of time, the front end is mainly unchanged: the diamond headlight has the same shape, but now contains LED running lights and a single large projector lamp, the windscreen now blends better in with the fairing and it is much sharper at the base. The shot also reveals restyled mirrors, which we like.
Expect to hear more about this model as information becomes available. Meanwhile, you can check out the new MV Agusta Brutale models.
Ahead of Brutale’s 10-year anniversary, MV Agusta introduces the new 990R and 1090RR models, which are claimed to be 85 percent new. Although the bikes don’t look different at all compared to the previous generation, they actually feature the same redesigned headlight, instrument cluster and instrumentation, handlebar, rear view mirrors, key block as well as bodywork and technical fittings.
But things go “from bad to worse” when trying to spot performance gains and weight losses because there are no such achievements on the new MV Agusta Brutale motorcycles. Despite the fact that the 990R model’s engine has grown from 982.3cc to 998cc, it lost 3bhp, won 2lb/ft of torque and needs to move around with 5kg more. The 1090RR lost 9.8bhp and 1 lb/ft of torque and it is also 5kg heavier than before. Still, both models meet Euro 4 emissions regulations, which is most likely what generated the fairly ugly turn.
We hope that MV Agusta models aren’t borrowing from Harley-Davidson’s DNA now that the Italian company was bought by the American one, but considering the $3k higher price, we’re in for a dilemma. Press release and specifications follow after the jump.
The first rumors regarding the introduction of a new MV Agusta supersport model appeared in the summer of 2008, when the Italian manufacturer wasn’t yet owned by Harley-Davidson. Even so, the new model was spied for the first time just yesterday, close to the factory in Varese, Italy. It looks more compact than its bigger brother, but the design (very similar to that of the F4 model) makes us think that this precise test bike was disguised so that it would pass unnoticed. Well, it didn’t and these photos reveal some details indicating the fact that underneath the fairing is something else: the single-sided swingarm was replaced with a classic one shaped like those found on supersport models, the clutch is mounted higher, the fork arms have a smaller diameter and the original undertail silencers have been replaced by a single lateral one.
According to Italian sources, the future MV Agusta supersport model will weigh in at 353 lbs (dry) and will be powered by a 3-cylinder engine displacing 675cc and developing an impressive 140hp at 14.000rpm. If this bike ends up on the showroom floors with these characteristics, we can only say it will be a very competitive model, if not the best in its class.
This project, which began while MV Agusta was still managed by Claudio Castiglioni, represents an important piece in the plans to revamp the Italian company and the proof is that developing of the F3 was continued even after Harley-Davidson bought MV Agusta.
MV Agusta hasn’t yet started to inspire their F4’s fairing on UFOs, but their users have and this is a very successful design that was spotted at the 2008 Asama Meeting in Japan.
The modifications are as pointless as they are obvious, but I believe that they do give a new meaning to the saying ‘razor sharp fairing’. Still, that guy looks like being pregnant with the gas tank = Not Cool!
Meccanica Verghera Agusta was founded on the 12th of February 1945 by Count Vincenzo Agusta and his brother Domenico. The two aimed at satisfying the post-war market demands of cheap and efficient transportation means and the first model created was simply called 98. They then started building bigger and bigger motorcycles and after enjoying the great success of their 125-150cc café racers, 250cc and 350cc motorcycles were launched in the 1960s. Later on, MV Agusta developed a 600cc four-cylinder motorcycle followed by a 750cc one. These models too have been very successful.
The company started to decline after the death of Count Domenico Agusta (1971) and by 1980 production had entirely ceased.
In 1992, the Cagiva Group headed by Claudio Castiglioni announced the ownership of the MV Agusta trademark and Cagiva Group became MV Agusta Group in the late 1990s. This too was to be acquired by Harley-Davidson on the 8th of August 2008.
Harley has announced today the purchase of MV Agusta and implicit Cagiva for a price of $109 million. The acquisition was long suspected as Harley had done the same thing with Buell so let’s hope that the investments will have the same effects as they did in the case of the American maker that was taken under the wing of the oldest motorcycle builder in the world. Harley has had problems of its own and it nearly lead it to bankruptcy and it seems that it is now in the business as never before.
Here’s the Press Release for you
Why would anybody do that? Well, the Mv Agusta F4 RR 312 is beautiful and triumphant, indeed the most quality build series motorcycle in the world and in order to celebrate that the maker decided to be a little more eccentric this time so the idea materialized into what you can see in the pictures. Entirely covered in 24 karate gold, the Italian bike can literally be considered a jewel.
Having the dimensions of 80 x 80 - which means a total of 5 meters - the gold sheet was applied by hand and I guess we can say that this is THE bike that looks like moving even at a standstill.
Expensive and laborious work was put into the F4 RR 312 and the refined project came to live thanks to the collaboration with Aurum which provided the precious metal for the even more precious bike.
As you can suppose, the art work was done in Italy, country which also gets all the recognition for this wonder.