A raging, 200-horsepower Italian stallion that can take on the BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC SE on their own turf? Bring it on, MV!
Speaking to Fast Bikes magazine for their May 2011 issue, Giovanni Castiglioni (Claudio Castiglioni’s son and President of MV Agusta) has revealed that the Italian manufacturer is all set to launch the fastest, most powerful F4 ever. ‘In late 2011, we will launch an extreme version of the F4, the RR. It will be the most powerful production bike on the market, with over 200bhp. And it’s fast, over 200mph fast,’ says Castiglioni Jr.
Giovanni also confirms that MV will start production of the F3 supersports machine in September this year, with deliveries starting by December 2011. By January 2012, the company will also start deliveries of the Brutale 675, which will be fitted with the same three-cylinder engine as the F3. MV are also working on a high-performance supermoto, says Giovanni, though he doesn’t say anything about if and when MV will put the supermoto into production.
‘The motorcycle world has changed. Ten or 15 years ago, Italian bikes could be sold at a premium, but now this is no longer the case,’ says Giovanni. ‘With the current economy, the price is so important for the client at the moment. In the future, the maximum we will make is 12,000 bikes a year, with around 9,000 units of our three-cylinder models and 3,000 units of our four-cylinder models. That is enough for MV to make a profit as well as invest in new models,’ he adds.
And what about racing? Can fans expect to see the MV Agusta brand back in MotoGP or even World Superbikes? ‘We have no plans to go racing. Racing helps brand awareness, not sales. I don’t think spending 30 million euros a year to go racing is necessary for MV,’ says the company’s President. Hmm… now while that might be a bit disappointing for fans who may have been hoping for MV Agusta’s return to MotoGP/WSBK, but going by what Castiglioni Jr. says, it also seems that at long last, MV may have a proper ‘businessman’ at the helm, who might be able to steer the company in the right direction. You make gorgeous bikes, MV, and we wish you all the best!!
Source: Fast Bikes