MV Agusta resurrected in 1998 with the launch of F4. Following the work on Ducati 916, the motorcycle designer Massimo Tamburini created F4 at CRC (Cagiva Research Centre). The iconic ultra-premium motorcycle maker MV Agusta is famous for producing one of the best looking motorcycles and F4 tops the MV’s line-up in terms of looks alone. Tamburini credits the MV Agusta F4 as his most satisfying creation. During the initial designing days of F4 when Tamburini started with the F4 designs, he became so ill that he required hospitalization.
As such, he worked frantically, constantly sketching in his notepad as he was worried he might not wake up on the other side of surgery. Of course, he came out the other side just fine, and with newfound vigor, the F4 became his obsession. When it came out in 1997, the F4 dropped jaws. The sharp lines, smooth curves, and distinctive quad exhaust pipes were simply stunning. So much so that even current MV Agusta F4s are just evolutions of Tamburini’s original and iconic design. A hemispherical chamber 4 valve per cylinder engine is rare to find in production superbikes and the F4 is one of few the bikes to have it.
The F4 engine is unique in the sense that it is the only radial valved motorcycle engine currently in production. The interesting part is that F4’s engine is derived from 1990-1992 Ferrari Formula One engine. In the early stages of engine development, Ferrari engineers contributed in the making of the F4’s engine. MV Agusta’s official website states,” the F4 has high-performance motorcycling history in its blood. It is the epitome of emotions, performance, speed and incomparable design. The new F4 is much more: it’s a limitless technological revolution.” It will be correct to say that F4 is a technological marvel; it is equipped with world class technical wizardry such as 8-level traction control, Inertial platform lean angle sensor, Electronically assisted shift, ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire and four engine maps. Things like throttle sensitivity, engine breaking, engine response, maximum torque and rev-limiter can be adjusted according to the need to Normal, Sport and Rain mode.
The entire range of F4 motorcycle is powered from an advanced four-cylinder ‘short-stroke’ engine. The engine is available in two power configurations: on the F4 and F4 R it reaches 195 hp, while the F4 RR puts out a jaw-dropping 200.8 hp. Talking about the suspension units, F4 is equipped with a 50mm Marzochhi and Sachs monoshock, both of them are fully adjustable. Offering state-of-the-art stopping power for the hypersports category, the F4 RR braking system features two 320 mm front discs with steel braking rotors, paired with the new Brembo Monobloc M50 - the very best in terms of performance, weight and stiffness - and a dedicated radial pump. The system is completed by a four-piston rear caliper operating on a 210 mm disc. On the F4 and F4 R the monobloc found on the F4 RR is replaced with race-bred Brembo M4 front brake calipers and Nissin master cylinders. F4 was seen on big screen in the movies like i-Robot, Gone in 60 Seconds, The Matrix Reloaded and many more. Apart from the past debuts, F4 will also be seen in the upcoming Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. MV Agusta has plans to enter Indian market very soon and as soon as F4 is launched here officially we will have a chance to lay our hands on this iconic Italian beauty and we just can’t wait. Here is a video of MV Agusta F4 RC..