2012 MV Agusta F4
Agusta decided to completely redesign the F4 for 2013. The upgrades is more than just a facelift as the company says that it was built from the scratch as a completely new bike, so it has only a few common elements with the previous generation.
Power comes from a new 4-cylinder engine, with 16 radial valves and TSS variable intake system. Moreover, MV has also integrated the new Marelli 7BM ECU which controls all of the electronic systems of the F4. After these numerous upgrades the engine cranks out a maximum power of 137 Kw (186,3 hp) at 12900 rpm.
The 2013 model is built on a new chassis which is narrower, shorter and lighter. The area of the steering stem has been completely revised and the side plates have been moved forward, offering a better weight distribution (52% front, 48% rear).
Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 MV Agusta F4.
2012 MV Agusta F4
Engine:FOUR CYLINDER, 4 STROKE, 16 VALVE
Horsepower @ RPM:101 @ 12900
Torque @ RPM:84 @ 9500
Energy:D.O.H.C, RADIAL VALUE
Top Speed:305 mph
Improving upon excellence: The new MV Agusta F4 was designed and developed with a single goal in mind: to be the best. The new F4 meets this objective by mating high performance and class leading handling together with styling which sets the new standard in the world of supersport motorcycles.
Can perfection be improved upon? This question has been answered by the new MV Agusta F4, a motorcycle that from the day of its introduction has been judged as the most beautiful motorcycle in the world. The F4 defines beauty. The new F4 is not an evolution of the previous motorcycle, but it is a new project that has been studied down to the last nut and bolt, from the first to the last curve of the bodywork. No mass produced street motorcycle can boast as many accolades as the MV Agusta F4, which is the absolute reference for performance, speed and raw beauty.
The F4 is the synthesis of Italian craftsmanship, no compromise design principles and the application of the most technologically advanced materials in a single motorcycle. The F4 is a pure two-wheeled work of art. Every single component has been studied down to the finest detail and has been redesigned and/or relocated with the aim of gaining an ultra-solid, light weight and perfectly balanced motorcycle. The ergonomics are completely new, meticulously calculated with a single objective in mind: to help the rider utilize the increased performance when riding at the limit. With its advanced technology and extraordinary performance, the F4 defines the new standard for supersport motorcycles.
The new F4 is available in three different colour combinations:
- Pastel red/metallic silver
- Gloss black/matt black
- Titanium grey/admiral grey
When form becomes beauty. The design of the F4 is a revolution of form and function. It is now lower, sleeker and even more aggressive than the original, but with the unmistakable look of an MV Agusta. No in line 4-cylinder motorcycle in the world can boast such a reduced frontal area which is comparable with the frontal area of a twin-cylinder motorcycle. The extended surfaces of the fairings (which have always characterised the F4) have tapered air outlets that improve the evacuation of warm air, the aerodynamic efficiency and still let you get a glimpse of the red vale cover of the radial-valve 4-cylinder engine.
Even the mirrors contribute to the aerodynamic efficiency with a new shape and two small aerodynamic appendices that eliminate turbulence and help to protect the rider’s shoulders. The tail section is even more sleek, the windscreen is more penetrating and sharper, the size of the seat has been reduced, the tank is shorter, the handlebars are wider and have been raised for an incredible drive control and comfort. The front optical group is similar in shape to the unforgettable one of the first F4, but it is even more compact and effective, an innovative first in sports motorcycles.
In fact, for the first time on a motorcycle a poli-elliptical monoelement light with xenon bulb serves a double function of main headlight and running lights taking advantage of the compactness and the reduced weight of the optical group itself. The parking light uses Led technology, as well as the rear tail light and the indicators. The advantages of this technology are by now well known: higher visibility, less weight.
The new 4-cylinder engine, with it’s 16 radial valves, retains only the values of bore and stroke with its predecessor: 76x55 mm. But, it takes advantage of all the experience developed in prior racing activities together the most advanced technology in order to maintain its status as the point of reference for the supersport class. It represents an evolution of the previous engine, but the advancements are so profound that it is considered a completely new engine.
The profound development that it was subject to ensures exceptional performance as well as a perfect marriage of throttle control and rear wheel traction. The crankshaft has been redesigned and the inertia has been increased by 50% compared to the previous engine. Also, the connecting rods have been completely redesigned. They are now lighter, and at the same time, stronger than the previous connecting rods.
The intake tracts have been shortened substantially to obtain the best cylinder filling efficiency and the maximum performance at all rpm’s. To "fill in" the torque curve and to improve the fuel supply the new 49 mm Mikuni throttle bodies have been employed in conjunction with the TSS variable intake system. For the first time on a mass produced motorcycle, MV has integrated the new Marelli 7BM ECU to perfectly control all of the electronic systems of the F4.
This new ECU controls the 8 fuel injectors in the engine management system, the variable length intake tracts as well as the exhaust control valve, the gear selection switch and the new MK II Traction Control algorithms along with the double EFI Sport and Rain maps. Every single component of the engine has been analyzed, re-engineered and lightened. The already excellent performance of the 4-cylinder MV has been improved again from this new engine which supplies the maximum power of 137 Kw (186,3 hp) at 12900 rpm.
The characteristic "organ pipe" exhaust system has always been a distinctive element of the F4 and it will be such also in the new version, which however optimizes the concept utilizing one scheme 4-in-1 tuned with the racing characteristics of the new engine. The 4 "outlets" under the tail section have been redesigned and are removable offering the possibility of being personalised with MV aftermarket accessories.
The chassis is one of the foundations which has made the original MV Agusta F4 unique and unmistakable. An extremely rational and light structure which is characterised by the union of a steel lattice structure coupled with aluminium side plates. The new chassis is narrower, shorter and lighter. The area of the steering stem has been completely revised and the side plates have been moved forward, this has allowed an optimal weight distribution (52% front, 48% rear). Every component has been made compact and has been optimised to be adapted to the new layout of the motorcycle. The redesign of the rear swing arm assembly has drastically reduced the weight by 1,2 kg (2.65 lbs) while maintaining the same level of torsional rigidity. The front fork of the new F4 weighs an incredibly low 5 kg (11.02 lbs) which sets a new standard of low weight in the superbike class.
The Brembo front system with radial monobloc callipers is without a doubt the best system on the market. On the F4 it is joined to a Nissin pump with integrated reservoir and produced to specific MV standards.
Attention to detail
Excellence in every component What characterizes and distinguishes the MV Agusta F4 from the rest of the supersport motorcycles is the relentless attention paid to every single element and detail. The dashboard of the F4 is not simply a display where data can be read, but it is the digital interface between the rider and the motorcycle.
The dashboard uses CAN line technology to reduce the wiring harness to a minimum, also contributing to the reduced overall mass of the motorcycle. With the application of this technology MV Agusta has once again introduced a new standard to which other manufacturers will have to adapt. The dashboard, completely digital, uses digital matrix technology which offers perfect integration and instant response from the digital data display. The dashboard is very light, it offers a tremendous amount of data including vehicle speed, engine rpm, gear map, Traction Control level and lap timer for use during track events.
The maniacal persuit of weight reduction has led to the redesign of the superstructure. The result is a reduction of 3 Kg (6.61 lbs) of the fairing and 300 gr (4.8 oz) from the plexiglas windscreen. The motorcycle has been improved in every single detail with a single goal in mind: to be the best.
|ENGINE TYPE||FOUR CYLINDER, 4 STROKE, 16 VALVE|
|TIMING SYSTEM||D.O.H.C, RADIAL VALUE|
|TOTAL DISPLACEMENT||998 CC (60.9 CU. IN)|
|BORE X STROKE||76.0mm x 55.0mm (3.0 IN. X 2.2 IN.)|
|MAX HORSEPOWER||137 KW (186 HP) AT 12900 R.P.M - REV LIMITER 13500 R.P.M|
|MAX TORQUE||114 NM (11.4 KGM) AT 9500 R.P.M|
|COOLING SYSTEM||COOLING WITH SEPARATED LIQUID AND OIL RADIATORS|
|ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM|
- MAGNETI MARELLI IAW 7BM IGNITION
- INJECTION INTERGRATED SYSTEM WITH MIKUNI THROTTLE BODY
- INDUCTION DISCHARGE ELECTRONIC IGNITION
- SEQUENTIAL TIMED MULTIPOINT ELECTRONIC INJECTION, VARIABLE HEIGHT INTAKE DUCTS WITH TORQUE SHIFT -SYSTEM (TSS)|
|CLUTCH||WET, MULTI - DISC WITH MECHANICAL ANTI-SURGING DEVICE AND BREMBO RADIAL MASTER CYLINDER|
|GEAR BOX||CASSETTE GEARBOX, SIX SPEED, CONSTANT MESH|
- 14/37 134.1 KM/H (83.3 MPH) A T 13700 RPM
- 16/33 171.8 KM/H (106.7 MPH) AT 13700 RPM
- 18/31 205.8 KM/H (127.9 MPH) AT 13700 RPM
- 20/30 236.3 KM/H (146.8 MPH) AT 13700 RPM
- 22/29 268.9 KM/H (167.1 MPH) AT 13700 RPM
- 21/25 297.6 KM/H (184.9 MPH) AT 13700 RPM|
|FINAL VELOCITY RATIO||15 X 41|
|ALTERNATOR||350 W AT 5000 R.P.M|
|BATTERY||12 V - 8.6 AH|
|WHEELBASE||1430 MM (56.27 IN.)|
|OVERALL LENGHT||2100 MM (82.63 IN.)|
|OVERALL WIDTH||750 MM (29.51 IN.)|
|SADDLE HEIGHT||830 MM (32.68 IN.)|
|MIN. GROUND CLEARANCE||115 MM (4.52 IN.)|
|TRAIL||100.4 MM (3.93 IN.)|
|DRY WEIGHT||192 KG (423 LBS)|
|FUEL TANK CAPACITY||17 L (4.49 GAL.)|
|MAXIMUM SPEED||305 KM/H (189.4 MPH)|
|FRAME TYPE||CRMO STEEL TUBULAR TRELLIS (TIG WELDED)|
|REAR SWING ARM PIVOT PLATES MATERIAL||ALUMINIUM ALLOY|
|FRONT SUSPENSION TYPE||UPSIDE - DOWN TELESCOPIC HYDRAULIC FORK WITH REBOUND-COMPRESSION DAMPING AND SPRING PRELOAD EXTERNAL AND SEPARATE ADJUSTMENT|
|ROD DIA||50 MM (1.97 IN.)|
|TRAVEL ON LEG AXIS||120 MM (4.72 IN.)|
|REAR SUSPENSION TYPE||PROGRESSIVE, SINGLE SHOCK ABSORBER WITH REBOUND DAMPING AND SPRING PRELOAD ADJUSTMENT|
|SINGLE SIDED SWING ARM: MATERIAL||ALUMINIUM ALLOY|
|WHEEL TRAVEL||120 MM (4.72 IN.)|
|FRONT BRAKE||DOUBLE FLOATING DISC WITH Ø 320 MM (Ø 12.6 IN.) DIAMETER, WITH STEEL BRAKING BAND AND ALUMINIUM FLANGE - BREMBO RADIAL MASTER CYLINDER|
|FRONT BRAKE CALIPER||RADIAL WITH 4 PISTONS - Ø 34 MM (Ø 1.34 IN.)|
|REAR BRAKE||SINGLE STEEL DISC WITH Ø 210 MM (Ø 8.27 IN.) DIAMETER|
|REAR BRAKE CALIPER||RADIAL WITH 4 PISTONS - Ø 34 MM (Ø 1.34 IN.)|
|RIM FRONT||MATERIAL/SIZE ALUMINIUM ALLOY 3.50" X 17"|
|RIM REAR||MATERIAL/SIZE ALUMINIUM ALLOY 6.00" X 17"|
|FRONT||120/70 - ZR 17 M/C (58 W)|
|REAR||190/55 - ZR 17 M/C (75 W)|
Mcnews ---- "While in Queensland for the 3rd round of the Shell Advance Australian SuperBike Championship I had an MV Agusta F4 at my disposal courtesy of the nice chaps at the Paul Feeney Group, Australian distributors for MV and Cagiva."
Motorcycle ---- "From 9,500rpm where max torque of 84 ft-lbs has been reached the acceleration is fabulous."