Thursday, April 17, 2014

MV Agusta F3 800 Ago unveiled

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Only 300 units of the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago will be built, so if you have 24,000 euros in your bank account, get yours now!

It's almost a given that there has to be a limited edition 'Ago' variant of every superbike that MV Agusta build. So here we are - MV have announced the new F3 800 Ago - built in tribute to the great Giacomo 'Ago' Agostini and featuring all the right bits like a red-green-and-white paintjob, various gold-painted bits and a suitably outlandish price tag.

A long time ago (er, well...), Ago won many races and premier class motorcycle road racing world championships for MV Agusta. However, the last race he won with MV Agusta was the 500cc German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring circuit, back in 1976. That was Ago's 122nd and final victory in motorcycle GPs. Yeah, that was almost 40 years ago. So while Ago's greatness remains undisputed, we don't really know if modern day buyers would connect with his achievements on the track.

But coming back to the MV Agusta F3 800 Ago, it's a stunning little machine in its own right. The bike is powered by a 798cc inline three-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 88Nm of torque. And, there's a host of cutting-edge electronics here, including an 8-level traction control system, the MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) package which includes a ride-by-wire throttle control system, Bosch 9MP anti-lock brakes with race mode, and a slipper clutch.

The F3 800 Ago also gets Brembo brakes - twin 320mm discs at the front with monobloc four-piston calipers and a single 220mm rear disc, machined from solid aluminium alloy foot pegs, carbonfibre front and rear fenders, forged alloy wheels and Mr Agostini's signature on the fuel tank. Only 300 of these bikes will be built, each carrying a price tag of 23,990 euros. Bikes will be available in MV showrooms from May this year.

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The most important bit on this bike is Giacomo Agostini's signature on the fuel tank. Make no mistake, Ago is one of the greatest MotoGP champions on the planet, even if his last race win did come almost four decades ago...
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