Just a few days ago we discussed about the imminent arrival of the Ducati 1299 and reports are now coming which say that the upcoming Yamaha R1 will have 2 versions, one being a homologation Special for WSBK. Also, there is that never ending wait of the mythical Honda V4 hyperbike, which Honda may or may not bring.
The ‘EVO’ style rules for the 2015 World Superbike Championship are indeed having some interesting effects, on manufacturers and their product lines. Now it seems that MV Agusta is joining the party very soon.
A leaked power-point slide seems to outline a new model, the MV Agusta F4 RC, which will be the company’s racing platform in WSBK going forth; and unsurprisingly, the racing F4 has many engine modifications made to the “street bike” for homologation purposes (EVO rules don’t allow much engine tuning for WBSK race bikes from stock).
If the slide is to be believed, and there’s no reason to doubt it, the 2015 MV Agusta F4 RC will cost €40,000 (the price cap for WSBK racing machines), make 210hp and weigh 175kg (386 lbs) when dry.
To achieve this power increase, MV Agusta has reportedly designed a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, while also using bigger fuel injectors, lighter pistons, and titanium connecting rods. Suspension will unsurprisingly be from Öhlins, brakes by Brembo, while the titanium exhaust will be from Termignoni.
Expect the MV Agusta F4 RC to be littered with titanium, magnesium, and carbon fiber bits to get the weight down as well. With only a week to go before EICMA, we shouldn’t have long to wait to see if these reports are true, and what the F4 RC looks like in the flesh.