Tuesday, November 10, 2009

2010 MV Agusta F4: Official pics, specs and video

The 2010 MV Agusta F4. No, this really is the 2010-spec bike, not something from 10 years ago. What, you don't believe us...?!

Looking at the 2010 MV Agusta F4, it can be hard to believe that the bike really has been redesigned completely. The ‘new’ bike really does look a whole lot like the ‘old’ F4, which was a good looking but ten-year-old design.

But MV claim they indeed redesigned the bike completely, with new bodywork, engine and chassis. Weight has been reduced by around 10kg and the engine is now actually smaller – capacity has gone down from 1,078cc to 998cc – though there shouldn’t be any shortage of power at 186bhp at the crank.

New bits include variable-length air intake tracts on the engine, two fuel injectors per cylinder, Marelli 7BM ECU (which also handles the bike’s eight-level traction control system), 20mm longer, lighter single-sided swingarm, lighter, redesigned wheels, new bodywork, redesigned exhaust tailpipes and a long list of redesigned engine internals – we won’t bother with the list here, but everything’s been made lighter, stronger and hopefully more reliable.

Suspension is comprised of a 50mm USD Marzocchi fork that’s three-way adjustable and an adjustable Sachs monoshock. Twin 320mm brake discs with radial-mount Brembo four-piston monobloc callipers at the front, and single 210mm disc with four-piston Nissin callipers at the back handle stopping duties. Tyres are 120/70 front and 190/55 at the back.

The 2010 MV Agusta F4 weighs 190kg dry and top speed is a claimed 303km/h. Of course, it’s a beautiful machine which we’re sure offers phenomenal performance, but we can’t help feeling a bit disappointed. Yes, the original F4 was absolutely gorgeous, but we’ve become so accustomed to seeing this bike that it’s become a bit boring. Is there really not a single motorcycle designer in the world who could have improved upon Massimo Tamburini’s work…?

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