For a while now, MV Agusta has been saying the current-generation F4 superbike is coming to an end. Now, we have the final model in that line, the limited-edition F4 Claudio.
The F4’s roots go all the way back to 1997, and it’s always been regarded as one of the best-looking superbikes in the world, and while not as overpowering when compared to the competition from the last few years, the F4s have always been fast, fun machines. When the original model debuted, it had the highest claimed horsepower in the game, although everyone has caught up at this point. Still, the F4 Claudio is a powerful machine and is packed with cutting-edge technology.
The F4 Claudio (named for MV Agusta revival mastermind Claudio Castiglioni) supposedly makes 205 hp (212 hp if you install track-only equipment, including exhaust). While the four-cylinder engine isn’t the focus of this new machine, it has received a thorough tune-up, with bits like reshaped intake/exhaust ports, DLC-treated cam followers and Asso compression rings for reduced friction, and STM slipper clutch with Brembo radial pump. The six-speed gearbox also gets DLC-treated shift forks for reduced friction.
Of course there is a selection of different engine maps available, including a Custom map, along with eight-level traction control. and there’s an up/down quickshifter.
Stock, the bike even comes with a built-in data acquisition system, with a GPS system built into the dash. This is all custom-programmed stuff, not off-the-shelf systems picked out of a catalogue.
The chassis is built from a chrome-moly steel tube frame matched with aluminum alloy plates, and CNC’d aluminum triple tree, levers, fuel cap, and rear footpegs. The wheels are BST Rapid Teck units, made of carbon fibre. Brakes are Brembo Stylema units (320 mm front discs, four-piston monobloc calipers), and the suspension is top-line Ohlins TTX front and rear.
Elsewhere, the bike is packed with big and small pieces made from carbon fibre, titanium and other trick materials. The carbon fibre has copper threads in the weave, to make the finish even more exotic, and even pieces like the seat have custom stitching.
Dry weight is 175 kg in street trim. Will we see it in Canada? Hard to say, as it’s hard to figure out MV Agusta’s future here, but if we do see them sold here (they’re built in extremely limited numbers—only 100 will be made), expect a price tag north of $100, 000.
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