The ‘EVO’ style rules for the 2015 World Superbike Championship are indeed having some interesting effects, on manufacturers and their product lines. At EICMA 2014, we got news that MV Agusta is joining the party very soon. A leaked power-point slide seemed 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).
MV Agusta hasn’t publicly released details on the F4 RC yet, though leaked information points to a homologation special styled superbike with over 200hp. Expected to cost €40,000 in the European market (the price cap for WSBK racing machines), American enthusiasts will enjoy the MV Agusta F4 RC’s $46,000 price tag in the United States. If rumours are true, we can expect a 210hp machine that weighs 386 lbs dry. Since WSBK and similar superbike regulations are pushing engine development freezes from production models, we can expect MV Agusta to build out the F4 RC’s motor quite extensively for consumers.
As such owners can expect a new cylinder head, crankshaft, camshaft, while also using bigger fuel injectors, lighter pistons, and titanium connecting rods. Other go-fast parts will be standard too. Expect to see Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes, and a titanium exhaust from Termignoni. We’re not sure why MV Agusta has been mum until now about the F4 RC project, but now that the cat is out of the bag, it shouldn’t be long until the Italian marque announces its race bike platform.