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– 2011 MV Agusta F4 Frecce Tricolor
2011 MV Agusta F4 Frecce Tricolor
Admiration, astonishment, magic. These are the feelings that the exhibitions of the Italian Aerobatic Team arise, since its foundation. A cohesive group of air force pilots capable of proudly taking the Italian colours worldwide, during its long history, in conjunction with the highest level of professionalism, performance and elegance. These results are the consequence of a methodical and ongoing commitment to the relentless pursuit of perfection. Values that also MV Agusta embodies in its history, in the brand and in its men. Guiding principles it shares with the legendary “Frecce
Tricolori”, a common awareness of being an icon of “Italian Style”, synonymous with technical excellence and unparalleled style.
To seal the common objectives, on the 50th anniversary of the National Aerobatic Team, MV Agusta dresses the most powerful and prestigious of its creations, the new 2011 MV Agusta F4, in the colours of the sky and of the Italian flag, producing 11 unique motorcycles in “Frecce Tricolori” livery.
The eleven precious “pieces”, prepared for the occasion with special components in noble materials such as carbonfibre and titanium, are numbered exactly as the eleven aerobatic aircraft, and are inspired by their distinctive graphics. A small silver plate on the steering head indicates the number and id of the aircraft to which each of the bikes is associated.
Delivery of the motorcycles will take place at the military airport of Rivolto, the base of the “Frecce Tricolori”, during a dedicated event, a unique opportunity to spend an entire day with the pilots of the Italian Aerobatic Team.
2011 MV Agusta F4 Frecce Tricolor Features
Limited Edtion model.
Improving upon excellence: The new MV Agusta F4 was
designed and developed with a single goal in mind: to be the best.
The new F4 meets this objective by mating high performance
and class leading handling together with styling which sets
the new standard in the world of supersport motorcycles.
Can perfection be improved upon? This question has been answered by the new
MV Agusta F4, a motorcycle that from the day of its introduction has been judged
as the most beautiful motorcycle in the world. The F4 defines beauty.
The new F4 is not an evolution of the previous motorcycle, but it is a new project
that has been studied down to the last nut and bolt, from the first to the last curve
of the bodywork. No mass produced street motorcycle can boast as many accolades
as the MV Agusta F4, which is the absolute reference for performance, speed and
raw beauty. The F4 is the synthesis of Italian craftsmanship, no compromise design
principles and the application of the most technologically advanced materials in a
single motorcycle. The F4 is a pure two-wheeled work of art .
Improving the already legendary F4 has been a dream, until today.
MV Agusta has chosen to, once again, push the upper limits of performance and
driving pleasure with the new F4. In short, MV Agusta has surpassed perfection.
The new F4 builds on the heritage of the previous model, while at the same time
improving on all the technical and performance characteristics by increasing
the already vast quantity of technical content.
When the new F4 was designed, MV engineers had a single objective: to build the
best supersport motorcycle in the world. F4 should not only be only the most beautiful
motorcycle in the world or the fastest, it should also be the most effective motorcycle
on the track, the lightest and the most technologically advanced motorcycle.
The result is the new F4, unmistakably MV.
The engine, chassis and the swingarm are brand new. The reengineered design
which has resulted in a motorcycle that is 4 cm narrower, has a chassis that offers
increased torsional rigidity while at the same time reducing the overall weight by
10 kg (22 lbs). The F4 is the absolute reference for the supersport category with
its advanced technical solutions and its extraordinary performance.
The chassis, which has been completely redesigned, optimized and incredibly
lightened improves the dynamic characteristics of the motorcycle in every
situation, allowing a more effective ride on circuit as well as on the road.
All of this was naturally matched with components of the highest level, selected
to give the enthusiasts a supersports motorcycle able to satisfy even the most
Every single component has been studied down to the finest detail and has been
redesigned and/or relocated with the aim of gaining an ultra-solid, light weight and
perfectly balanced motorcycle.
The ergonomics are completely new, meticulously calculated with a single objective
in mind: to help the rider utilize the increased performance when riding at the limit.
While the performance has been increased, it is now physically and mentally easier
push your riding limits safely with the help of the Traction Control MK II, which has
eight levels of adjustability as well as the twin-map ECU.
With its advanced technology and extraordinary performance, the F4 defines the
new standard for supersport motorcycles. The new MV Agusta F4 represents
excellence in terms of quality, technology, components and design – exactly what
you have come to expect of a motorcycle that bears the name MV Agusta.
o Dry Weight only 192,5 Kg (424 lbs)
o New hyper-light chassis and bodywork
o New in line 998 cc 4-cylinder engine
o Power supply with TSS variable length intake system
o TC MK II traction control system, adjustable on 8 levels
o Two injectors per cylinder
o Slipper clutch
o New electronic injection system with 49 mm throttle bodies
o New Magneti Marelli 7BM ECU
o New 4-1 exhaust system with valve
o New reduced and lightened chassis
o New single-sided swingarm
When form becomes beauty. The design of the F4 is a revolution of form and function.
It is now lower, sleeker and even more aggressive than the original, but with the
unmistakable look of an MV Agusta.
With the new MV Agusta F4, shape and function meld to create a pure moving
work of art. The maniacal care of every detail, the most demanding choice of
materials, the accuracy in the allocation of every technical element has resulted in
an incredibly narrow motorcycle. No in line 4-cylinder motorcycle in the world can
boast such a reduced frontal area which is comparable with the frontal area of a
twin-cylinder motorcycle. The extended surfaces of the fairings (which have always
characterised the F4) have tapered air outlets that improve the evacuation of warm
air, the aerodynamic efficiency and still let you get a glimpse of the red vale cover
of the radial-valve 4-cylinder engine. Even the mirrors contribute to the aerodynamic
efficiency with a new shape and two small aerodynamic appendices that eliminate
turbulence and help to protect the rider’s shoulders. The tail section is even more
sleek, the windscreen is more penetrating and sharper, the size of the seat has
been reduced, the tank is shorter, the handlebars are wider and have been
raised for an incredible drive control and comfort. The consequences of these
advancements is an even more compact motorcycle while at the same time more
comfortable, more effective and which integrates even more with the rider.
The F4, just like every MV Agusta, adheres to the principle that design follows
the necessity of function.
The research and development of the best possible air intake for the engine, with
a radial valve layout, has required an optimization of the dynamic intake tract that
now has a wider cross section under the new fairing where dynamic pressure is
at its highest. This fundamental element for the performance of the motorcycle
also becomes a fundamental element for the design. The part below the fairing
has been redesigned to better channel the air towards the radiator and to better
isolate the rider from the heat.
The front optical group is similar in shape to the unforgettable one of the first
F4, but it is even more compact and effective, an innovative first in sports
motorcycles. In fact, for the first time on a motorcycle a poli-elliptical monoelement
light with xenon bulb serves a double function of main headlight
and running lights taking advantage of the compactness and the reduced weight
of the optical group itself. The parking light uses Led technology, as well as
the rear tail light and the indicators. The advantages of this technology are
by now well known: higher visibility, less weight.
The new 4-cylinder engine, with it’s 16 radial valves, retains only the values of bore and
stroke with its predecessor: 76×55 mm. But, it takes advantage of all the experience
developed in prior racing activities together the most advanced technology in
order to maintain its status as the point of reference for the supersport class.
It represents an evolution of the previous engine, but the advancements are so
profound that it is considered a completely new engine.
The profound development that it was subject to ensures exceptional performance
as well as a perfect marriage of throttle control and rear wheel traction.
The crankshaft has been redesigned and the inertia has been increased by 50%
compared to the previous engine. Also, the connecting rods have been completely
redesigned. They are now lighter, and at the same time, stronger than the previous
The intake tracts have been shortened substantially to obtain the best cylinder
filling efficiency and the maximum performance at all rpm’s. To “fill in” the torque
curve and to improve the fuel supply the new 49 mm Mikuni throttle bodies have
been employed in conjunction with the TSS variable intake system.
For the first time on a mass produced motorcycle, MV has integrated the new
Marelli 7BM ECU to perfectly control all of the electronic systems of the F4.
This new ECU controls the 8 fuel injectors in the engine management system,
the variable length intake tracts as well as the exhaust control valve, the gear
selection switch and the new MK II Traction Control algorithms along with the
double EFI Sport and Rain maps.
The intake system has been updated by new springs and lighter intake valves.
The 30 mm intake valves are made of titanium where as the steel exhaust valves
have a diameter of 25 mm.
The crankcase has been redesigned and optimized and is now 600 gr (1.32 lbs)
lighter compared to the previous one. The gear box is completely new and it
incorporates the gear switch sensor that allows the engine control unit to adopt
different EFI maps depending on the gear used.
A high performance engine like the 4-cylinder MV engine needs to be cooled and
lubricated to perfection. For this reason the oil circuit has been completely re
engineered. The oil pump is now more compact and more efficient, the water/oil
exchanger leaves space for a new radiator which keeps under control the temperature
of the lubricant, consequently reducing the working temperature of the engine to
ensure the maximum performance and reliability.
The new oil pan, which is now deeper to ensure an optimal feeding to the oil pump
even in the most extreme braking conditions, hosts a new ecological removable
filter that can be replaced without removing any other components improving the
mechanical accessibility for normal maintenance.
The water cooling circuit has been completely revised as well and the water pump
has been lightened by 60 gr (2.12 oz). But, thanks to the optimized profile of the
rotor, the pump has a higher flow capacity which has been increased by 65% at low
and medium speed. The cooling circuit is characterized by a single flow radiator with
a very high thermal efficiency equipped with 2 cooling fans and with a overflow tank.
Every single component of the engine has been analyzed, re-engineered and lightened.
The new Mitsubishi generator, with rare earth magnets is oil cooled and is coupled
to the with an elastomer torsional joint. The weight saving which this component
contributes is: 1.600 gr (3.5 lbs).
Thanks to the relocation of elements such as the expansion tank and voltage
regulator precious space for the airbox was cleared. The volume of the airbox was
increased which offers the advantage of increased engine breathing and more power.
The already excellent performance of the 4-cylinder MV has been improved again
from this new engine which supplies the maximum power of 137 Kw (186,3 hp) at
The characteristics which have made the 4-cylinder MV over the years a point
of reference in the field remain untouched. The 4 radial valves for each cylinder
contribute to the optimal structure of the combustion chamber.
The gear box is extractable as is the case in the most valuable racing motorcycles.
The new mechanical slipper clutch ensures an optimal control of the engine brake
The characteristic “organ pipe” exhaust system has always been a distinctive element
of the F4 and it will be such also in the new version, which however optimizes the
concept utilizing one scheme 4-in-1 tuned with the racing characteristics of the
new engine. The 4 “outlets” under the tail section have been redesigned and are
removable offering the possibility of being personalised with MV aftermarket
accessories. In order to increase the efficiency of the catalyst, it has been placed
closer to the combustion chamber, remarkably shortening the time required for “light
off” reducing the exhaust emissions. A new electronic valve in the exhaust system
optimizes the performance and contributes to the reduction of exhaust noise while
at the same time maintaining the unmistakable sound of the 4-cylinder MV.
The chassis is one of the foundations which has made the original MV Agusta F4
unique and unmistakable. An extremely rational and light structure which is
characterised by the union of a steel lattice structure coupled with aluminium side
plates. This frame design has influenced a generation of frame designers which
have continued to imitate the MV. The new F4 remains loyal to tradition and offers
a similar tubular construction but it exceeds the originals characteristics in both
rigidity and lightness. A complete redesign of each of the individual components,
including the wall thickness and diameter of the tubes coupled with the cast side
plate design, contributes to the reduced weight and increased torsional rigidity.
The new chassis is narrower, shorter and lighter. The area of the steering stem has
been completely revised and the side plates have been moved forward, this has
allowed an optimal weight distribution (52% front, 48% rear). The repositioning
of the rear swing arm pivot has enabled MV to improve the traction of the rear
wheel without increasing the wheelbase. The steering stem continues to offer the
possibility of regulating the inclination of the steering by rotating the inner element.
The standard inclination is of 23° 5′ for a nimble, modern and effective ride.
Every component has been made compact and has been optimised to be adapted
to the new layout of the motorcycle. The rear suspension linkage ratios have
been re-designed and have a new curve which is more progressive, the rear sub
frame has been completely redesigned and is both more compact and lighter.
The single sided rear swingarm is a real engineering jewel, it has been extended
by 20 mm compared to the previous one which contributes to the increase in
the rear wheel traction by optimizing the chain torque reaction. The redesign of
the rear swing arm assembly has drastically reduced the weight by 1,2 kg (2.65 lbs)
while maintaining the same level of torsional rigidity. The front fork of the new F4
weighs an incredibly low 5 kg (11.02 lbs) which sets a new standard of low weight
in the superbike class. The complete redesign of the hub of the rear wheel also
contributes to the weight reduction and optimization of mass cetralization.
As every other technical feature of the F4, the suspension is also considered the
best in class. They have been manufactured to specific MV standards and offer
increased ride control, effectively connecting the tire contact information directly
to the rider. The upside down Marzocchi fork with a tube diameter of 50 mm continues
the to contribute to the MV tradition of uncompromised stability. These forks
are direct descendants of our championship winning race bikes and they offer
adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping. The extremely light
forged axle carrier has also been produced on solely for F4. The axle carrier utilizes
a system quick release of the front wheel similar to the systems seen on endurance
racebikes, recalling the solution first seen on the mythical F4 Serie Oro.
The single rear shock is supplied by Sachs and is equipped with nitrogen “piggy
back” reservoir tank (integrated into the body) and has adjustable rebound,
compression and spring preload settings. The rear link allows the possibility of
raising or lowering the rear end of the motorcycle in order to help adapt the bike
to the personal preferences of the rider and the track.
The Brembo front system with radial monobloc callipers is without a doubt the
best system on the market. On the F4 it is joined to a Nissin pump with integrated
reservoir and produced to specific MV standards.
The 320 mm diameter double floating steel disc of utilizes an extremely light flange
and a reduced 5 mm thickness in order to reduce the inertia and unsprung weight
to an absolute minimum.
The rear break system is produced by Nissin exclusively for MV with a 220 mm
diameter stainless steel disc and a four piston calliper.
ATTENTION TO DETAILS
What characterizes and distinguishes the MV Agusta F4 from the rest of the supersport
motorcycles is the relentless attention paid to every single element and detail.
The care taken when analyzing every single detail is not only aesthetic, but it helps
to contribute to the increase in performance, reduction in overall mass as well as
maintaining the ultra high standard of fit and finish found only on MV Agusta’s.
The optimization of the new F4 has effected every single component and aspect of
the bike with a single goal: un-relentless pursuit of weight reduction. In some
cases the results are easily identified, for example the fuel tank is visibly shorter,
lower and more tapered than before. It has been produced in rotational nylon
which has allowed us to reduce the weight of the tank itself by 1,2 Kg (2.64 lbs).
The cast wheels maintain the characteristic MV “star” design but the style is without
a doubt more advanced. They have been optimized in their design and are
1,2 kg (2.64 lbs) lighter compared to the previous units.
The dashboard of the F4 is not simply a display where data can be read, but it is
the digital interface between the rider and the motorcycle.
The dashboard uses CAN line technology to reduce the wiring harness to
a minimum, also contributing to the reduced overall mass of the motorcycle.
With the application of this technology MV Agusta has once again introduced a
new standard to which other manufacturers will have to adapt.
The dashboard, completely digital, uses digital matrix technology which offers
perfect integration and instant response from the digital data display.
The dashboard is very light, it offers a tremendous amount of data including
vehicle speed, engine rpm, gear map, Traction Control level and lap timer for
use during track events.
The maniacal persuit of weight reduction has led to the redesign of the superstructure.
The result is a reduction of 3 Kg (6.61 lbs) of the fairing and 300 gr (4.8 oz) from
the plexiglas windscreen. The motorcycle has been improved in every single detail
with a single goal in mind: to be the best.
The optimization of the project has also focused on secondary systems like the
ignition key mechanism and the fuel cap. The key mechanism, now incorporates an
electronic immobilizer, makes it difficult to start the motorcycle without the owners key.
2011 MV Agusta F4 Frecce Tricolor – United States of America Specifications
USA MSRP – See local dealer for pricing.
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.9 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13.1:1
Bore x stroke 76 mm x 55 mm (3.0 in. x 2.2 in.)
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) Full power version: 137 kW (186 HP) at 12900 – Lim. 13500 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 73 kW (100 HP) at 9200 – Lim. 10800 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. Full power version: 114 Nm (11.4 kgm) at 9500 r.p.m. / Restricted power version: 90 Nm (9.0 kgm) at 5500 r.p.m.
Cooling system Cooling with separated liquid and oil radiators
Engine management system Magneti Marelli IAW 7BM ignition – injection integrated system with Mikuni throttle body; induction discharge electronic ignition;
Sequential timed “Multipoint” electronic injection ; Variable height intake ducts with Torque Shift System (TSS)
Clutch Wet, multi – disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
First gear: Speed* 13/38 128,2 km/h (79.6 mph) a t 13500 r. p. m.
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 176,4 km/h (109.5 mph) at 13500 r. p. m.
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 210,8 km/h (130.9 mph) at 13500 r. p. m.
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 249,8 km/h (155.1 mph) at 13500 r. p. m.
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 284,3 km/h (176.5 mph) at 13500 r. p. m.
Sixth gear: Speed* 19/23 305,0 km/h (189.4 mph) at 13500 r. p. m.
Final velocity ratio 15×41
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 350 W at 5000 r. p. m.
Battery 12 V – 8,6 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1430 mm (56.27 in.)
Overall lenght 2100 mm (82.63 in.)
Overall width 750 mm (29.51 in.)
Saddle height 860 mm (33.84 in.)
Min. ground clearance 115 mm (4.52 in.)
Trail 100,4 mm (3.93 in.)
Dry weight 192 Kg (423 lbs.)
Fuel tank capacity 17 l (4.49 U.S. gal.)
Maximum speed* Full power version: 305,0 km/h (189.4 mph) / Restricted power version: 249,0 km/h (154.6 mph)
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload external and separate adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Travel on leg axis 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload adjustment
Single sided swing arm: material Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Front brake Double floating disc with Ã˜ 320 mm (Ã˜ 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and aluminium flange
Front brake caliper Radial-type, single-piece with 4 pistons – Ã˜ 34 mm (Ã˜ 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ã˜ 210 mm (Ã˜ 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ã˜ 25,4 mm (Ã˜ 1.00 in.)
Front: Material / size Aluminium alloy 3,50 ” x 17 “
Rear: Material / size Aluminium alloy 6,00 ” x 17 “
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 M/C (58 W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 M/C (75 W)
MV Agusta is committed to the constant improvement of our products. Therefore the information and technical characteristics of the vehicles are subject to change without notice. * = Top speed attained on closed course.
2011 MV Agusta F4 Frecce Tricolor Press Release
MV AGUSTA CELEBRATES 50th ANNIVERSARY of ITALIAN AEROBATIC TEAM with the F4 FRECCE TRICOLORI
Varese, 1st September 2010 – Admiration, astonishment, magic. These are the feelings
that the exhibitions of the Italian Aerobatic Team arise, since its foundation. A cohesive
group of air force pilots capable of proudly taking the Italian colours worldwide, during its
long history, in conjunction with the highest level of professionalism, performance and
elegance. These results are the consequence of a methodical and ongoing commitment to
the relentless pursuit of perfection. Values that also MV Agusta embodies in its history, in
the brand and in its men. Guiding principles it shares with the legendary “Frecce
Tricolori”, a common awareness of being an icon of “Italian Style”, synonymous with
technical excellence and unparalleled style.
To seal the common objectives, on the 50th anniversary of the National Aerobatic Team,
MV Agusta dresses the most powerful and prestigious of its creations, the new F4, in the
colours of the sky and of the Italian flag, producing 11 unique motorcycles in “Frecce
The eleven precious “pieces”, prepared for the occasion with special components in noble
materials such as carbonfibre and titanium, are numbered exactly as the eleven
aerobatic aircraft, and are inspired by their distinctive graphics. A small silver plate on
the steering head indicates the number and id of the aircraft to which each of the bikes is
Delivery of the motorcycles will take place at the military airport of Rivolto, the base of
the “Frecce Tricolori”, during a dedicated event, a unique opportunity to spend an entire
day with the pilots of the Italian Aerobatic Team.