Came across this advert (above) for the MV Agusta F4 1000 Senna, one of the most beautiful, most desirable bikes ever built anywhere in the world. I don’t care for Formula 1 at all, but Ayrton Senna was special. This man, who won the F1 crown in 1988, 1990, and 1991, may have passed away in a tragic accident but his memories will always remain.
MV Agusta owner, Claudio Castiglioni says, “Ayrton was a star in a league of his own. When we met, we didn’t just talk about engines, although Ayrton was very attracted by two-wheel vehicles.” And indeed, the F4 1000 Senna is fitting tribute to the man. The 1000cc, 174 horsepower engine gets the very latest Weber Marelli 5SM fuel injection system, Brembo four-caliper radial brakes, Marchesini alloys, adjustable footrests and a carbonfibre rear mudguard. Also, 50mm Marzocchi USD forks get the titanium nitride treatment up front, there’s a high-spec Sachs racing shock absorber at the back, and the fairing is lighter, more aerodynamic and gets a distinctive Senna logo. The bike revs to 13000rpm, and top speed is 300km/h. Ooohhh..!!
Update (26.09.2006): MV Agusta are now looking at building an all-new replacement for the F4. The new bike will probably be powered by an 11-1200cc inline-four and could be in showrooms by mid-2008. Styling will, of course, be handled by Massimo Tamburini himself.