The MV Agusta F4 RC is still stunningly beautiful, and 212bhp (with the racing kit) should still be enough to blow the exhaust systems off most other bikes on the street
MV Agusta have unveiled the new, updated, 2017-spec F4 RC, which gets the ‘Reparto Corse’ livery taken from Leon Camier's WSBK racebike. The number '37' on the fairing is, according to MV, a reminder of the number of constructors World titles won by MV Agusta. Production is limited to 250 units only and each bike comes with a special racing kit that contains an SC-Project titanium single-exit exhaust system, dedicated racing ECU, single seat tail unit, removable mirrors (machined in exotic 7075 ergal aluminium), carbonfibre exhaust shroud, personalized bike cover and a certificate of authentication.
Of course, the MV Agusta F4 RC isn't about the fancy paintjob and loud exhaust - it has the muscle, the brute force to back up its good looks. Its inline-four produces 205 horsepower in street trim and 212bhp with the racing kit. The TIG-welded chrome-molybednum-steel tube trellis frame, with aluminum alloy side plates and single-side aluminium swingarm, is still a piece of art and is customisable for ride height. The suspension is top-notch as well, with a 43mm USD Ohlins NIX type 30 fork at front (with adjustable compression and rebound damping) and fully adjustable Ohlins TTX 36 monoshock at the rear. Brembo's twin 320mm brake discs at front, with radial-mount 4-piston calipers, and single 210mm steel disc at the back comprise the braking hardware, while Bosch ABS 9 Plus with Race Mode and rear wheel lift-up mitigation(RLM) is standard.
The 2017 MV F4 RC is also fitted with MV's MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) electronics suite, which allows the rider to tweak and optimise every parameter, including throttle sensitivity, torque delivery, engine braking, throttle response and rev limiter intervention. The switchable 8-level traction control system uses more gyroscopes, accelerometers and sensors than we'd care to count, while the electronic quick shifter makes gear changes snappier. The new F4 RC rides on 17-inch alloys, shod with 120/70 (front) and 200/55 (rear) tyres, has a kerb weight of 183 kilos, does 17km to a litre of fuel and has a top speed of 302kph. It's still only Euro 3-compliant though, so it won't be around for too long. Does that mean MV Agusta will unveil an all-new F4 at the EICMA in Milan next month...?