Wednesday, May 11, 2011
2012 MV Agusta F4 RR: Official pics, specs released
MV Agusta have let loose with the next iteration of the gorgeous F4, the 2012-spec F4 RR, and its calling card is that its 998cc inline-four now produces all of 201 horsepower at 13,400rpm, pushing the bike to a top speed of 297.6km/h.
The F4 RR’s 'CorsaCorta' (short stroke) engine features new cylinder heads, large-diameter intake and exhaust valves made of titanium, and lightweight forged pistons made of ‘aerospace’ alloy. Other new bits include a redesigned exhaust system, close-ratio gearbox, fully adjustable 43mm USD Öhlins fork, fully adjustable Öhlins TTX 36 rear shock, Öhlins steering damper and 17-inch forged aluminium wheels shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/55 (rear) ZR-rated rubber.
According to MV, the F4 RR’s engine is all new and shares very few components with the earlier F4’s engine. ‘It has been completely redesigned with a single goal in mind – maximum performance,’ says a press note from MV. However, as with previous F4s, this new engine also features a removable six-speed cassette-type gearbox, and the clutch employs a mechanical slipper system for improved control under even the most extreme braking conditions.
The F4 RR is fitted with an advanced Magneti Marelli engine management system and its traction control system has also been improved, and comes with new operation modes and two fuel injection maps for optimum power delivery in all conditions. Everything is controlled via buttons on the left handlebar. The RR’s chassis now features an adjustable steering head angle (with interchangeable eccentrics) and ride height at the rear is also adjustable. Brakes are top-end Brembo units with radial-mount monoblock callipers at the front. The bike weighs 192 kilos dry.
We’re sure the MV F4 RR is, of course, a phenomenal motorcycle. The only question is whether it can take on the competition, which is primarily the BMW S1000RR, Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC and the 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. Which bike would you put your money on? :-)