The MV Agusta F4 RC is now officially announced and with it we’ve got a swag of images of this beautiful machine. While we’ve pretty much learned all there is to know about the F4 RC in previous leaks, seeing it in all its high definition glory is a bonus and provides a look at a few more details. MV Agusta’s motto is ‘Motorcycle Art’ and looking at the F4 RC, it’s hard to argue. Magnifico!
Just 250 machines will be available for sale worldwide though given the price, that won’t be an issue. Save for things like headlights, license plate holder, indicators and the seemingly redundant rear passenger foot pegs, the design is pretty much identical to its racetrack brother. The livery will match that of the race bike save for race number on the front and lower fairing which you can choose yourself.
Because this is essentially a race bike that’s been homologated to meet WSBK rules, the F4 RC doesn’t have electronic suspension despite it’s hefty price tag. But that doesn’t mean it’s not heavily customizable. The front fork is a TiN-coated Ohlins USD NIX 30 with separate hydraulic adjustment of compression (left stanchion) and rebound (right stanchion), plus spring pre-load adjustment. At the rear there is an Ohlins TTX 36 shock absorber with piggy back reservoir: manual compression/rebound adjustment is effected via the anodized aluminium knobs. Similarly, the steering damper, also made by Ohlins, can be mechanically adjusted too.
Made of forged aluminium alloy, the wheels have been designed and built exclusively for this model. Even the battery – a light lithium (Li-Po) 12.8 V 4 Ah unit – is model-specific. Foot controls are also new: peg positions are adjustable and the shift lever features a sensor for fast gear changes.
The F4 RC comes in below the F4 RR’s weight by 7 kg, but also comes with a track kit (i.e. not street legal) that reduces weight by a further 6 kg, making total weight savings of 13 kg – an impressive amount given the F4 RR only weighs 190 kg dry to begin with. The race kit includes:
- Termignoni exhaust system in titanium, with carbon fiber heat guard;
- Dedicated control unit;
- Carbon fiber rear seat cowl for single-seater use
- Quick-release tank cap
- Red anodized Ergal plugs to be applied after removal of rear view mirrors
It’s a stunning machine, both in appearance and in technology. MV Agusta is continuing to impress us with every new release and despite this one being out of most people’s price range, it’s another worthy addition to the Italian brand’s stable.