Cagiva to make a comeback as an electric off-roader
MV Agusta’s exotic Italian lineage has been through the history’s ups and downs. After being in an acrimonious situation for some time, the Italian brand is finally sailing on safe waters after a Russian investment group-Black Ocean signed an agreement to increase its capital making MV Holding to become the 100% owner of MV Agusta S.p.A.
With this, things have started to ease off, and MV Agusta is now concentrating on working on new machines for 2018 including a new line of four-pot Brutales’. Fresh new information also tells us that the Italian will be resurrecting the Cagiva brand back, but this time as an electric company rather than the sportsbike maker that it was before.
MV Agusta Executive Vice President Giorgio Girelli has addressed rumors that his company was interested in bringing back another Italian motorcycle brand, namely Cagiva. If his words are to be believed, it does point to the direction of a revival happening at some point, though not any time soon.
Girelli didn’t mince his words on the idea of bringing back Cagiva, pointing out that the brand’s off-road segment would certainly complement the models MV Agusta is currently offering. Having Cagiva in the fold would certainly boost the company’s production volume, a business aspect that Girelli has been aggressive in trying to expand.
The company is currently forecasting around 12,000 units sold in 2015, a far cry from its intended goal of building 20,000 units ever year. Having Cagiva in the mix could help increase that volume, albeit at a steep cost of operating a separate brand entirely.
That’s where the predicament lies because MV Agusta is still trying to get its own house in order. Bringing back Cagiva would at least complicate that task, if not derail it entirely.
Still, there’s reason to be optimistic, especially if MV Agusta continues in this path to progress it has laid out for itself. If it can continue improving its products, it should translate to more units being sold, which would not only be great for business, but would also empower MV Agusta to seriously consider bringing back Cagiva.
For now, that’s the best case scenario. Whether MV Agusta does make it happen is an entirely different story. But for the purposes of dreaming of the return of Cagiva, here’s to hoping MV Agusta can make it happen.
If its CEO is optimistic about it, there’s no reason for us not to be.
Continue reading to read more about MV Agusta’s plans for Cagiva.
The 2013 Cagiva Raptor shares many common elements with its bigger siblings, namely the V-Raptor and X-Raptor. Thereby the style used for the front headlamp, passenger seat and the handlebars is borrowed from the V-Raptor, while the front fender and the license plate holder are derived from the X-Raptor.
The 2013 model also comes with an improved exhaust system and a new linkage for the rear suspension. Talking about suspension, the Raptor 125’s chassis consists of a front powerful 40 mm inverted fork and a rear Sachs shock absorber with adjustable pre-load. The stopping power is assured by the Brembo Serie Oro braking system made up of a front 2-piston caliper that works on a 320mm front disc and a rear 230mm rear disc which features tangential slots.
At the heart of the 2013 Cagiva Raptor 125 beats a 124.60 ccm (7.60 cubic inches) engine which puts out 14.75 HP (10.8 kW) at 9000 RPM and 14.00 Nm (1.4 kgf-m or 10.3 ft.lbs) of torque at 8250 RPM.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Cagiva Raptor 125.
The Cagiva Mito SP525 has a lot to love. For the starters it features a pretty sporty design language which inspires dynamism and confidence. The trim aerodynamics design was developed to get maximum penetration with the rider on the saddle and even the rear view mirrors were carefully designed to maximize the bike’s aerodynamics.
The ride is kept in check by a front 40 mm inverted fork which is combined with a rear Sachs shock absorber with adjustable pre-load.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 124.60 cc, single cylinder, two stroke engine which delivers a peak power of 12.07 HP (8.8 kW) at 9000 RPM and 11.00 Nm (1.1 kgf-m or 8.1 ft.lbs) of torque at 7500 RPM. The speed is kept under control by the Brembo Serie Oro braking system which consists of a 2-piston caliper that works on a 320mm front disc and a 230mm rear disc with tangential slots.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Cagiva Mito SP525.
Will the Cagiva Elefant and Raptor models return in full force now that Harley-Davidson has turned their eyes on them? Most likely, yes. With financial support from the American icon combined with Italian heritage, these models are rumored not only to be revived, but to be powered by engines developed by Harley-Davidson in collaboration with BRP Rotax.
After acquiring MV Agusta and Cagiva, HD tries to make its debut in the world of all-around motorcycles, but there are also plans for scooters
and large-displacement motorcycles. Apparently, the firsts on the line are the Cagiva Elefant and Raptor for which the 140 hp waiting harnessed in the 1125cc liquid-cooled V-Twin of the Buell 1125R and the 1125CR seems to be the most adequate. The year of turning point for these models is likely to be 2010.
According to Solomoto, Harley also discusses with BMW about the possibility of these last to provide single or even twin-cylinder 650cc and 800cc more docile engines for future Raptors. Later on, Piaggio will be assigned for delivering 125cc four-stroke engines for entry-level bikes such as the Raptor/Planet and Mito models so they’ve apparently figured pretty much everything out.
If the brand’s reviving goes according to plans, we should not be surprised if, in a couple of years, Cagiva will launch a superbike built in the pure Italian style and driven by a 1200cc BRP Rotax V-twin engine developing as much as 180 hp. This is also part of HD’s plans for Cagiva, but we can only wait and see what will end up being reality and what not because they tend to seem too promising.
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.
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