2010 MV Agusta F4
Can perfection be improved upon? This
question has been answered by the new MV Agusta F4,
a motorcycle that from the day of its introduction
has been judged as the most beautiful motorcycle in
the world. The F4 defines beauty.
The new F4 is not an evolution of the
previous motorcycle, but it is a new project that
has been studied down to the last nut and bolt, from
the first to the last curve of the bodywork. No mass
produced street motorcycle can boast as many accolades
as the MV Agusta F4, which is the absolute reference
for performance, speed and raw beauty. The F4 is the
synthesis of Italian craftsmanship, no compromise
design principles and the application of the most
technologically advanced materials in a single motorcycle.
The F4 is a pure two-wheeled work of art.
Improving the already legendary F4
has been a dream, until today. MV Agusta has chosen
to, once again, push the upper limits of performance
and driving pleasure with the new F4. In short, MV
Agusta has surpassed perfection.
The new F4 builds on the heritage of
the previous model, while at the same time improving
on all the technical and performance characteristics
by increasing the already vast quantity of technical
When the new F4 was designed, MV engineers
had a single objective: to build the best supersport
motorcycle in the world. F4 should not only be only
the most beautiful motorcycle in the world or the
fastest, it should also be the most effective motorcycle
on the track, the lightest and the most technologically
The result is the new F4, unmistakably
The engine, chassis and the swingarm
are brand new. The reengineered design which has resulted
in a motorcycle that is 4 cm narrower, has a chassis
that offers increased torsional rigidity while at
the same time reducing the overall weight by 10 kg
(22 lbs). The F4 is the absolute reference for the
supersport category with its advanced technical solutions
and its extraordinary performance.
The chassis, which has been completely
redesigned, optimized and incredibly lightened improves
the dynamic characteristics of the motorcycle in every
situation, allowing a more effective ride on circuit
as well as on the road. All of this was naturally
matched with components of the highest level, selected
to give the enthusiasts a supersports motorcycle able
to satisfy even the most demanding customer.
Improving upon excellence: The new
MV Agusta F4 was designed and developed with a single
goal in mind: to be the best. The new F4 meets this
objective by mating high performance and class leading
handling together with styling which sets the new
standard in the world of supersport motorcycles.
Every single component has been studied
down to the finest detail and has been redesigned
and/or relocated with the aim of gaining an ultra-solid,
light weight and perfectly balanced motorcycle.
The ergonomics are completely new,
meticulously calculated with a single objective in
mind: to help the rider utilize the increased performance
when riding at the limit. While the performance has
been increased, it is now physically and mentally
easier push your riding limits safely with the help
of the Traction Control MK II, which has eight levels
of adjustability as well as the twin-map ECU.
With its advanced technology and extraordinary
performance, the F4 defines the new standard for supersport
motorcycles. The new MV Agusta F4 represents excellence
in terms of quality, technology, components and design
– exactly what you have come to expect of a
motorcycle that bears the name MV Agusta.
- Dry Weight only 192,5 Kg (424 lbs)
- New hyper-light chassis and bodywork
- New in line 998 cc 4-cylinder engine
- Power supply with TSS variable length intake
- TC MK II traction control system, adjustable
on 8 levels
- Two injectors per cylinder
- Slipper clutch
- New electronic injection system with 49 mm throttle
- New Magneti Marelli 7BM ECU
- New 4-1 exhaust system with valve
- New reduced and lightened chassis
- New single-sided swingarm
When form becomes beauty. The design of the F4 is
a revolution of form and function.
It is now lower, sleeker and even more aggressive
than the original, but with the unmistakable look
of an MV Agusta. With the new MV Agusta F4, shape
and function meld to create a pure moving work of
art. The maniacal care of every detail, the most demanding
choice of materials, the accuracy in the allocation
of every technical element has resulted in an incredibly
narrow motorcycle. No in line 4-cylinder motorcycle
in the world can boast such a reduced frontal area
which is comparable with the frontal area of a twin-cylinder
motorcycle. The extended surfaces of the fairings
(which have always characterised the F4) have tapered
air outlets that improve the evacuation of warm air,
the aerodynamic efficiency and still let you get a
glimpse of the red vale cover of the radial-valve
4-cylinder engine. Even the mirrors contribute to
efficiency with a new shape and two small aerodynamic
appendices that eliminate turbulence and help to protect
the rider’s shoulders. The tail section is even
more sleek, the windscreen is more penetrating and
sharper, the size of the seat has been reduced, the
tank is shorter, the handlebars are wider and have
raised for an incredible drive control and comfort.
The consequences of these advancements is an even
more compact motorcycle while at the same time more
comfortable, more effective and which integrates even
more with the rider.
The F4, just like every MV Agusta, adheres to the
principle that design follows the necessity of function.
The research and development of the best possible
air intake for the engine, with a radial valve layout,
has required an optimization of the dynamic intake
tract that now has a wider cross section under the
new fairing where dynamic pressure is at its highest.
This fundamental element for the performance of the
also becomes a fundamental element for the design.
The part below the fairing has been redesigned to
better channel the air towards the radiator and to
better isolate the rider from the heat.
The front optical group is similar in shape to the
unforgettable one of the first F4, but it is even
more compact and effective, an innovative first in
sports motorcycles. In fact, for the first time on
a motorcycle a poli-elliptical monoelement light with
xenon bulb serves a double function of main headlight
and running lights taking advantage of the compactness
and the reduced weight of the optical group itself.
The parking light uses Led technology, as well as
the rear tail light and the indicators. The advantages
of this technology are
by now well known: higher visibility, less weight.
The new 4-cylinder engine, with it’s 16 radial
valves, retains only the values of bore and stroke
with its predecessor: 76x55 mm. But, it takes advantage
of all the experience developed in prior racing activities
together the most advanced technology in order to
maintain its status as the point of reference for
the supersport class.
It represents an evolution of the previous engine,
but the advancements are so profound that it is considered
a completely new engine. The profound development
that it was subject to ensures exceptional performance
as well as a perfect marriage of throttle control
and rear wheel traction.
The crankshaft has been redesigned and the inertia
has been increased by 50% compared to the previous
engine. Also, the connecting rods have been completely
redesigned. They are now lighter, and at the same
time, stronger than the previous connecting rods.
The intake tracts have been shortened substantially
to obtain the best cylinder filling efficiency and
the maximum performance at all rpm’s. To “fill
in” the torque curve and to improve the fuel
supply the new 49 mm Mikuni throttle bodies have been
employed in conjunction with the TSS variable intake
For the first time on a mass produced motorcycle,
MV has integrated the new Marelli 7BM ECU to perfectly
control all of the electronic systems of the F4. This
new ECU controls the 8 fuel injectors in the engine
management system, the variable length intake tracts
as well as the exhaust control valve, the gear
selection switch and the new MK II Traction Control
algorithms along with the double EFI Sport and Rain
The intake system has been updated by new springs
and lighter intake valves. The 30 mm intake valves
are made of titanium where as the steel exhaust valves
have a diameter of 25 mm.
The crankcase has been redesigned and optimized
and is now 600 gr (1.32 lbs) lighter compared to the
previous one. The gear box is completely new and it
incorporates the gear switch sensor that allows the
engine control unit to adopt different EFI maps depending
on the gear used.
A high performance engine like the 4-cylinder MV
engine needs to be cooled and lubricated to perfection.
For this reason the oil circuit has been completely
re engineered. The oil pump is now more compact and
more efficient, the water/oil exchanger leaves space
for a new radiator which keeps under control the temperature
of the lubricant, consequently reducing the working
temperature of the engine to ensure the maximum performance
The new oil pan, which is now deeper to ensure an
optimal feeding to the oil pump even in the most extreme
braking conditions, hosts a new ecological removable
filter that can be replaced without removing any other
components improving the mechanical accessibility
for normal maintenance.
The water cooling circuit has been completely revised
as well and the water pump has been lightened by 60
gr (2.12 oz). But, thanks to the optimized profile
of the rotor, the pump has a higher flow capacity
which has been increased by 65% at low and medium
speed. The cooling circuit is characterized by a single
flow radiator with a very high thermal efficiency
equipped with 2 cooling fans and with a overflow tank.
Every single component of the engine has been analyzed,
re-engineered and lightened. The new Mitsubishi generator,
with rare earth magnets is oil cooled and is coupled
to the with an elastomer torsional joint. The weight
saving which this component contributes is: 1.600
gr (3.5 lbs).
Thanks to the relocation of elements such as the
expansion tank and voltage regulator precious space
for the airbox was cleared. The volume of the airbox
was increased which offers the advantage of increased
engine breathing and more power.
The already excellent performance of the 4-cylinder
MV has been improved again from this new engine which
supplies the maximum power of 137 Kw (186,3 hp) at
The characteristics which have made the 4-cylinder
MV over the years a point of reference in the field
remain untouched. The 4 radial valves for each cylinder
contribute to the optimal structure of the combustion
The gear box is extractable as is the case in the
most valuable racing motorcycles. The new mechanical
slipper clutch ensures an optimal control of the engine
brake when downshifting.
The characteristic “organ pipe” exhaust
system has always been a distinctive element of the
F4 and it will be such also in the new version, which
however optimizes the concept utilizing one scheme
4-in-1 tuned with the racing characteristics of the
new engine. The 4 “outlets” under the
tail section have been redesigned and are
removable offering the possibility of being personalised
with MV aftermarket accessories. In order to increase
the efficiency of the catalyst, it has been placed
closer to the combustion chamber, remarkably shortening
the time required for “light off” reducing
the exhaust emissions. A new electronic valve in the
exhaust system optimizes the performance and contributes
to the reduction of exhaust noise while
at the same time maintaining the unmistakable sound
of the 4-cylinder MV.
The chassis is one of the foundations which has
made the original MV Agusta F4 unique and unmistakable.
An extremely rational and light structure which is
characterised by the union of a steel lattice structure
coupled with aluminium side plates. This frame design
has influenced a generation of frame designers which
have continued to imitate the MV. The new F4 remains
loyal to tradition and offers a similar tubular construction
but it exceeds the originals characteristics in both
rigidity and lightness. A complete redesign of each
of the individual components, including the wall thickness
and diameter of the tubes coupled with the cast side
plate design, contributes to the reduced weight and
increased torsional rigidity.
The new chassis is narrower, shorter and lighter.
The area of the steering stem has been completely
revised and the side plates have been moved forward,
this has allowed an optimal weight distribution (52%
front, 48% rear). The repositioning of the rear swing
arm pivot has enabled MV to improve the traction of
wheel without increasing the wheelbase. The steering
stem continues to offer the possibility of regulating
the inclination of the steering by rotating the inner
The standard inclination is of 23° 5’
for a nimble, modern and effective ride. Every component
has been made compact and has been optimised to be
adapted to the new layout of the motorcycle. The rear
suspension linkage ratios have been re-designed and
have a new curve which is more progressive, the rear
sub frame has been completely redesigned and is both
more compact and lighter.
The single sided rear swingarm is a real engineering
jewel, it has been extended by 20 mm compared to the
previous one which contributes to the increase in
the rear wheel traction by optimizing the chain torque
reaction. The redesign of the rear swing arm assembly
has drastically reduced the weight by 1,2 kg (2.65
while maintaining the same level of torsional rigidity.
The front fork of the new F4 weighs an incredibly
low 5 kg (11.02 lbs) which sets a new standard of
low weight in the superbike class. The complete redesign
of the hub of the rear wheel also contributes to the
weight reduction and optimization of mass cetralization.
As every other technical feature of the F4, the
suspension is also considered the best in class. They
have been manufactured to specific MV standards and
offer increased ride control, effectively connecting
the tire contact information directly to the rider.
The upside down Marzocchi fork with a tube diameter
of 50 mm continues the to contribute to the MV tradition
of uncompromised stability. These forks are direct
descendants of our championship winning race bikes
and they offer adjustable spring preload, compression
and rebound damping. The extremely light forged axle
carrier has also been produced on solely for F4. The
axle carrier utilizes a system quick release of the
front wheel similar to the systems seen on endurance
racebikes, recalling the solution first seen on the
mythical F4 Serie Oro.
The single rear shock is supplied by Sachs and is
equipped with nitrogen “piggy back” reservoir
tank (integrated into the body) and has adjustable
rebound, compression and spring preload settings.
The rear link allows the possibility of raising or
lowering the rear end of the motorcycle in order to
help adapt the bike
to the personal preferences of the rider and the track.
The Brembo front system with radial monobloc callipers
is without a doubt the best system on the market.
On the F4 it is joined to a Nissin pump with integrated
reservoir and produced to specific MV standards. The
320 mm diameter double floating steel disc of utilizes
an extremely light flange and a reduced 5 mm thickness
in order to reduce the inertia and unsprung weight
to an absolute minimum. The rear brake system is produced
by Nissin exclusively for MV with a 220 mm diameter
stainless steel disc and a four piston calliper.
Excellence in every component
What characterizes and distinguishes the MV Agusta
F4 from the rest of the supersport motorcycles is
the relentless attention paid to every single element
and detail. The care taken when analyzing every single
detail is not only aesthetic, but it helps to contribute
to the increase in performance, reduction in overall
mass as well as maintaining the ultra high standard
of fit and finish found only on MV Agusta’s.
The optimization of the new F4 has effected every
single component and aspect of the bike with a single
goal: un-relentless pursuit of weight reduction. In
some cases the results are easily identified, for
example the fuel tank is visibly shorter, lower and
more tapered than before. It has been produced in
rotational nylon which has allowed us to reduce the
weight of the tank itself by 1,2 Kg (2.64 lbs).
The cast wheels maintain the characteristic MV “star”
design but the style is without a doubt more advanced.
They have been optimized in their design and are 1,2
kg (2.64 lbs) lighter compared to the previous units.
The dashboard of the F4 is not simply a display
where data can be read, but it is the digital interface
between the rider and the motorcycle. The dashboard
uses CAN line technology to reduce the wiring harness
a minimum, also contributing to the reduced overall
mass of the motorcycle.
With the application of this technology MV Agusta
has once again introduced a new standard to which
other manufacturers will have to adapt. The dashboard,
completely digital, uses digital matrix technology
which offers perfect integration and instant response
from the digital data display.
The dashboard is very light, it offers a tremendous
amount of data including vehicle speed, engine rpm,
gear map, Traction Control level and lap timer for
use during track events.
The maniacal persuit of weight reduction has led
to the redesign of the superstructure. The result
is a reduction of 3 Kg (6.61 lbs) of the fairing and
300 gr (4.8 oz) from the plexiglas windscreen. The
motorcycle has been improved in every single detail
with a single goal in mind: to be the best.
The optimization of the project has also focused
on secondary systems like the ignition key mechanism
and the fuel cap. The key mechanism, now incorporates
an electronic immobilizer, makes it difficult to start
the motorcycle without the owners key.
To make it unique
Advanced technology and styling are core components
of the MV Agusta DNA, clearly visible in the new F4;
however as we believe that limits exist only to be
exceeded, we continue to design components that help
make the F4 even more unique. The list of the MV original
special parts has no end, special materials and
technological components of the latest generation
allow you to increase the performance of new F4 even
more as well as the possibility to personalize it
Visit the website www.mvagusta.it and make “your
own” F4 thanks to the special 3D configuration
which allows you to preview the personalized motorcycle.
The quality of the MV special parts are a guarantee
for the customer.
The same attention to detail in design and materials
applied to the production F4 has been utilized in
the design and production of the special parts. These
special parts components have been produced with precious
materials such as titanium and carbon to reduce the
weight of the F4 even further.
The racing exhaust system coupled with the dedicated
ECU can release all of the anger of the 4-cylinder,
radial valve MV engine. MV Agusta accessories, like
MV Agusta clothing, can be previewed and purchased
on-line on the website www.mvagusta.it.