2013 MV Agusta F4

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The F4 continues to play an important part of the history of high performance motorcycling.
It is the epitome of emotion, performance, and speed clothed in a uniquely desirable design.
The new F4 is an important leap into the future, a technological revolution without limits.
THE NEW MV AGUSTA F4. Crossing the border of imagination. The new F4 is our best yet,
encompassing the latest technology and engine developments. A true state of the art masterpiece.
After intense months of design, development and testing MV Agusta have redefined the
characteristics of the F4 with an ambitious underlying goal to make the F4 the most advanced
hypersport bike on the market. We achieved this by creating three versions to form the new range.
Sharing the same distinctive DNA yet possessing different technical solutions to satisfy every rider.
The F4 RR contains the most advanced engineering solutions, enhanced by a range of technical
excellence to offer the complete control of the vehicle and maximum performance: chassis control
utilizing vehicle inertia sensors, a unique engine control with Ride-By-Wire system, Öhlins
electronic control suspension and steering damper as well as GP spec titanium connecting rods.
The unique and comprehensive technology of the F4 RR has been extended to the versions F4 R &
F4, which also share several aesthetic and functional innovations. These include a re-proportioned
and lighter “signature” four exit silencer, new lightweight forged wheels and a new front spoiler
integrated into the front fairing with DRL (Daylight Running Lights) that enhance the design, as well
as the new tail light incorporating light guide technology. All complemented with completely new
graphics and colors.

These elements make the new F4 more advanced than ever before yet with total respect for the
history of this iconic machine. Our objective was to create a vehicle that exceeded the
expectations of customers based on a new technological platform, focused on electronics and its
fundamental contribution improving power delivery of the engine and driving dynamics on the road
and on the track. All this combined with a thorough review of the engine to provide competitive

In detail, the main features of MV Agusta F4:

  • Short-stroke inline four-cylinder engine with central cam chain and radial valves
  • MVICS Technology (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System)
  • ELDOR electronics package with Ride-By-Wire system and four maps engine
  • Throttle sensitivity adjustable (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
  • Max torque (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
  • Variable Engine response (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
  • Engine Braking (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
  • RPM limiter (selectable between Normal, Sport and Rain)
  • Inertial vehicle lean angle sensor
  • Traction control adjustable on eight levels
  • Electronic EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift)
  • Modular mixed structure frame with hand TIG welded tubular steel trellis and aluminum plates
  • Öhlins suspension with electronic control (F4 RR)
  • Brembo monobloc brake calipers (model M50 on the F4 RR)

The identity of F4 has been accentuated further with the integration of new design solutions and
distinctive features present on the new model. A motorcycle that has already won countless awards
in virtue of its beauty. The attention to the sensual form of the bodywork has inspired the
designers choice of graphics and color. The front headlight is flanked by two distinctive light guides
positioned on the leading edge of the spoiler: in this way an aerodynamic element becomes a
distinctive element of the front view day or night, as well as helping to improve active safety by
improved frontal visibility. Similarly the new rear light gains intensity through an integrated light
guide. Completely new wheel designs employing considerable weight reduction are now available in
two versions: the first, F4, utilizing razor thin spokes and a silver finish, the second of F4 R, F4 RR,
further reduces the weight and material thickness through the process of forging aluminum alloy,
besides the implementation of a race inspired design. There has been a significant update to the
four tailpipe exhaust system, a characteristic feature of the F4 from its incarnation. The two
external terminals are now much shorter and tapered, the central pair extends up above the end of
the tailpiece. The F4 is even more racing, and lightweight both visually and physically!

A four-cylinder advanced “short stroke” engine powers the entire F4 range. Piston diameters of 79
mm are combined with a stroke of 50.9 mm. The peak rev limit has been raised to 14,000 RPM for
the F4 RR. The assembly is completely by expert technicians and thus very precise, with the
selection and measurement of all components to ensure perfect uniformity and maximum
performance; A procedure that only MV Agusta could adopt. The engine has undergone a thorough
update of the distribution system: the intake and exhaust valves now use a single spring instead of
the two of the previous model. In this way the moving mass is reduced to the advantage of the
speed reached by the motor and the speed and reactivity to engine rpm. The piston blanks are hard
anodized treated to be even more durable and reliable. The connecting rods of the F4 RR are made
of titanium, a solution more akin to a GP racer not a production machine, to offer improved
strength and lightweight, matched to a rebalanced crankshaft. The oil circuit has been redesigned,
inside and outside the engine crankcase with the aim of ensuring perfect main bearings and
connecting rod lubrication increasing reliability, even under extreme working loads. The operating
temperature of the engine is now lower, due to the greater radiator efficiency and new oil lines.
The short-stroke inline four-cylinder is available in two power configurations: F4 and F4 R reaches
195 hp, while F4 RR is pushed to a record 200.8 hp. 50 mm diameter throttle bodies are employed with a revised variable length intake tract (TSS). The gearbox as on all the MV Agusta four-cylinder engines, is a six-speed unit, with the clutch featuring a mechanical slipper device. Four engine maps are available: three default and to customizable by the pilot.

The system MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) is now integrated onto the new
F4 ensuring accurate multimap engine management and driver assistance devices: traction control
and shifter EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift). The central element is the Ride-By-Wire system:
presented for the first time on the three-cylinder F3 675, it has been fully optimized
and specifically redeveloped for the new F4. The system has electronic redundancies to ensure
maximum effectiveness and the safety required: the data that arrives from the two potentiometers
is cross-examined with analog signals, and a third sensor confirms the requirement of complete
throttle closure. Two additional sensors are arranged on the throttle bodies. Completely new and
developed specifically for F4 is the inertia platform sensor arrangement: it uses three gyroscopes
and three accelerometers and provides the electronic control unit an array of information about
the of the vehicle dynamics, moment by moment. Consequently, the intervention of traction
control is particularly accurate thanks to the encoder placed on the front wheel.
This system permits improved safety characteristics as well as performance. Riding is
therefore simplified for the pilot; a primary objective of the F4 project. The algorithms that define
the function of the system MVICS, are in fact maximized continuously to provide the maximum
available torque at the rear wheel, relative to the conditions of the asphalt and pilot request. The
electronic assisted gear shift, standard on all three versions, reduces the amount of time required
to change gears.
Another innovation is the system which allows you to choose your own settings in respect to the
pre selected defaults, Normal, Sport and Rain. This enables you to customize five parameters
(sensitivity of throttle, torque, speed limiter, engine response and engine braking), so you can
construct a map of engine management that encompasses your personal riding style.

The structure and geometry characteristics of the new F4 are unchanged. The frame is comprised
of two distinctive elements, developed by MV Agusta to offer the advantages of both solutions
usually proposed individually. The main section of the frame, in fact, is made of CrMo steel tubes
united to a pair of cast aluminum alloy plates which form a complete structure and the fulcrum
point for the sculpted single-sided swingarm. The new frame has been further optimized to reduce
weight without sacrificing rigidity. The F4 RR also is hand welded with TIG technology and uses a
dedicated steel, with exceptional mechanical properties.

The three versions of the new model offer three distinct combinations of fork and shock while all
providing the established traditional handling strengths of F4. The F4 equipment includes a 50mm
diameter Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock that are both fully adjustable. F4 R utilizes a race
specification Öhlins, again fully adjustable.
Technological excellence and complete personalization are distilled on the F4 RR: Öhlins
suspension with electronic control allows the driver to choose between different setups directly
from the dashboard. As aforementioned there are specific modes of power delivery for the four
cylinder engine; the pilot, however, may also adjust the suspension in a completely autonomous way
from the engine maps. The system provides separate control for compression damping and
rebound damping, while customizing the spring preload is manual. The electronic steering damper
allows to choose between manual or automatic adjustment, in which case the response varies as a
result of vehicle speed.

The brake system on the F4 RR is state of the art in the hypersports category. It is composed of
two 320 mm diameter front discs with steel flanges. They gripped by the new Brembo Monobloc
M50; an absolute reference for performance, weight and stiffness with a specifically designed and
dedicated radial pump. The system is completed by a four piston rear caliper together with a 210
mm diameter disc. The F4 and F4 R replaces the monobloc found on the F4 RR with the effective
race bred Brembo M4 front brake calipers and Nissin master cylinders.

Colors and prices
The new F4 range, consisting of the three versions (F4, F4 R and F4 RR), is proposed for 2013 with
graphics and colors never seen before. Each version is available in two color combinations.

About the author

Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.