Fresh F3 RC, Brutale 800 Dragster RC and a pair of Brutale 800 RRs to come.
MV Agusta’s racing-inspired models will click another gear for 2018, with news coming out of the EICMA show in Italy that there will be two more Reparto Corse machines on the way, plus a special Pirelli version.
A new F3 RC will hit the market for next year in both 675 and 800 variations, as further development has made the 2018 models Euro 4 compliant. A variety of updates have been implemented to comply with the new standard.
The F3 675 RC touches 128hp (94kW) at 14,500 rpm with 71Nm (7.24kgm) of torque at 10,900rpm, while the F3 800 reaches 148hp (108kW) at 13,000 rpm with 88Nm (8.97kgm) of torque at 10,600rpm. Some of the most significant technical redesigns on the 2018 models concern the balance shaft, the primary gearing, the intake cam profiles and the valves.
The gearbox has undergone a complete overhaul to make shifting easier and reduce clutch lever effort. Exhaust manifolds have also been redesigned, while the F3 RC silencer – supplied by the SC Project in the Race Kit – derives directly from the unit used by the racing department that significantly increases the power.
As on the F3 675 and F3 800, the RC models introduce new engine covers. These enhance engine protection in the event of a collision or fall and reduce mechanical noise emissions. All without compromising that distinctive MV Agusta sound.
The F3 675 RC and 800 RC control platform, developed extensively through racing, is based on the MVICS (Motor and Vehicle Integrated Control System). Key developments on the 2018 models include improved Ride By Wire performance, now with personalised mappings. Parameters on the eight-level traction control have also been fully revised to enhance effectiveness and fluidity. Moreover, the EAS 2.0 electronic shifter has been optimised.
A new frame mount point for the three-cylinder engine ensures increased overall rigidity, improving the already exceptional dynamic characteristics of the bike.
The tubular steel trellis frame, closed off with aluminium alloy plates, is designed to offer maximum handling performance, as is evident from the wheelbase of just 1380mm, despite the long 576.5mm single-sided swing-arm.
Each of the 350 limited edition F3 RC bikes comes with a top-drawer kit that boosts bike performance even further, effectively making it identical to the race version in terms of equipment and appearance. In just a few simple steps, the kit can be used to transform the F3 RC road bike into a perfect track day machine. The titanium exhaust system, with carbon fiber silencer, is supplied by SC Project and comes complete with carbon fiber heel guard and aluminium silencer support brackets.
Also included in the kit is the electronic control unit with a dedicated mapping to maximise the increase in performance (133hp at 14,570rpm on the F3 675 RC and 153hp at 13,250rpm on the F3 800 RC). The rear seat cowl adds a touch of eye-catching style, as do the machined from billet brake and clutch levers. The included rear sprocket is for race track gearing, while the rear stand and bike cover are for maintenance purposes. As proof of its uniqueness, each RC comes with its own certificate of origin.
On the styling front, new colours and graphics mirror those seen on the actual race bikes. With their red wheels – a direct Supersport racing off-shoot – the 2018 F3 RC bikes are unmistakable.
As for the Dragster 800 RC, its livery, enhanced with race-style graphics, was designed by the MV Agusta Reparto Corse and inspired by the F4 RC, which competed in the 2017 Superbike World Championship.
The Dragster 800 RC offers an exclusive mix of chassis, mechanics and style, with spectacular new F4 RC forged red rims with Pirelli’s finest rubber. From a technical viewpoint, it has inherited many of the new features from the Dragster 800 RR and, like the entire three-cylinder platform, is Euro 4 compliant.
To make this new MV Agusta Dragster RC even more desirable, only 250 will be built worldwide and a wooden box will be provided with each motorcycle containing a beautiful titanium SC Project silencer, bike cover and certificate of authenticity. Once the SC Project silencer is fitted, it pushes the already powerful 140hp triple to a new level of 150hp with a uniquely powerful sound.
Plus, to celebrate the new partnership of Pirelli becoming the sole tyre supplier for MV Agusta, a 2018 Brutale 800 RR Pirelli edition has been unleashed. The Castiglioni Research Centre, together with Pirelli’s Bicocca Laboratory collaborated in designing the new Brutale 800 RR Pirelli, resulting in a spectacular and exclusive model.
Based on the Brutale 800 RR, the 140hp sport naked receives two special livery options to enhance the lines of the Brutale 800 RR whilst also displaying the exclusive partnership with Pirelli. Other components that receive a new custom paint scheme include the headlight unit bracket, the rear sub-frame and air-box output grilles further defining the craftsmanship of the new Brutale.
The new Pirelli version is further defined by a unique hand stitched saddle and elegant new lightweight rims derived from the F4, with the rear rim widened to 6 inches to hold a specific new Pirelli tyre – the Diablo Supercorsa SP. Whilst the front and rear rims run the new Diablo Supercorsa SP, 120/70 ZR17 and 200/55 ZR17 respectively, a special coloured wall option can be ordered.
The three-cylinder Brutale 800 RR also joins the RC range as a 2018 model. Compact yet comfortable, essential yet bristling with unique details, light yet capable of breath-taking performance, the Brutale 800 RR offers the perfect platform for an RC model.
The original in-line three-cylinder engine has undergone further development since 2016, the goal being to improve power delivery while remaining within Euro 4 noise and emissions limits. Sweeping changes – from the cylinder head to mechanical chain tensioner, from camshafts to valves – have further enhanced the unique personality of the engine.
Only 350 bikes will be built, each with its own unique number on the carbon fiber cover that protects the compact digital instrument cluster. The end-pipe and manifold, supplied by SC-Project and designed to enhance the power delivery, underline the hi-tech pedigree of the Brutale 800 RC while adding eye-catching style.
The titanium and carbon fibre end pipe body features an exhaust area protected by a perforated circular guard that also acts as a heat shield. The kit includes an engine ECU mapped for the SC-Project exhaust, boosting bike performance to an exceptional 150hp, as well as dedicated traction control settings.
Styling is as per the entire RC range, inspired by the graphics and colours of the F4 RC which has been successful in WorldSBK. Needless to say, the number 37 on the fairing pays homage to the racing history of MV Agusta and it’s 37 world championship titles.
Standard equipment on the new MV Agusta Brutale 800 RC, of which a limited edition of just 350 will be built, includes the Reparto Corse kit. Contained in a beautifully crafted wooden case, is the exhaust, engine ECU, Ergal clutch and brake levers, bike stand and a certificate of authenticity.
Pricing and availability of the models is yet to be confirmed by MV Agusta Australia, however visit www.mvagusta.com.au for the latest information as it is announced locally.