We say it over and over again, but today’s liter-class sportbike field is the most competitive it’s ever been, and with Honda and Suzuki releasing updated versions of the CBR1000RR and GSX-R1000, respectively, for 2017, that leaves MV Agusta as the senior in the group with its aging F4.

MV doesn’t have plans for a new bike in 2017, but the company did announce today the launch of a new F4 RC, a premium road-going version of the F4 RC which the MV Agusta Reparto Corse team currently races in World Superbike with rider Leon Camier. As one would expect from a bike modeled after a world championship competitor, the F4 RC is heavily influenced by its cousin. For starters, the bike’s red and white livery mimics that of the racer, even down to the sponsor logos, with the number 37 occupying the number plates – an homage to the number of constructors world titles the Varese company has won.

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If you’re one of the lucky 250 to get your hands on the F4 RC (a commemorative plate on the top triple clamp denotes which number you have), then you can expect to receive a wooden box branded with the MV Agusta logo. Inside, you’ll find a few trick bits, highlighted by the SC-Project titanium single exit exhaust system that has been developed together with the dedicated racing Electronic Control Unit. Other bits in the box include aluminum mirror caps and quick-release fuel cap, as well as a single-seat tail unit for cleaner aesthetics and slight weight savings. Rounding out the items in the box are a carbon-fiber exhaust shroud, a personalized bike cover, and a certificate of authenticity from Varese.

Of course, being a limited-run racing special, MV couldn’t leave the engine alone. MV says the 998cc engine of the F4 RC features a “light crankshaft” as well as “light pistons and rods.” The cylinder head gets a new intake tract, and the entire engine is capped off with magnesium valve and side covers fastened with titanium bolts.

The F4 RC's box of goodies.

The F4 RC’s box of goodies.

In road configuration MV claims the F4 RC can pump out 205 hp at the crank, jumping to 212 hp with the race kit installed. That power is harnessed in a TIG-welded steel frame with aluminum alloy plates that house the adjustable swingarm pivot. An Ohlins NIX30 fork handles bumps in front, with rebound and compression damping circuits separated into each leg. An Ohlins TTX36 shock takes care of bumps in the rear and also features full adjustability. Stopping power is handled with radially mounted Brembo four-piston calipers mated to 320mm discs. Bosch ABS is included and features rear-wheel lift mitigation to help keep the back end under control under hard braking.

Rounding out the electronics package of the F4 RC is the MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System), that allows you to command many parameters, including throttle sensitivity, maximum torque, engine brake, engine response and rev-limiter intervention. Three gyroscopes and accelerometers act as lean angle sensors to help the eight-level traction control manage wheel slip to the rider’s needs. It can also be switched off entirely. The 2.0 EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) Quick Shift comes standard, enabling clutchless upshifts without releasing the throttle, though the system does not include downshifts as has become standard for many of MV’s competitors.

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MV Agusta didn’t release pricing or availability info, but chances are if you have to ask, then you either can’t afford it or it’s already too late.

  • DickRuble

    “optimally locating the intake and exhaust ports while still providing the correct flow”… of course that’s quite an achievement. At S&S optimal is known to be incompatible with correct.

  • frankfan42

    Pretty darn powerful no matter the chassis. Any guess on price for the engine?

    • TroySiahaan

      $9250

      • frankfan42

        LOL, one can buy a lot of chrome for that money. Still, quite an accomplishment in my book.

  • Goose

    Looks like a great way to tun your easy going, docile FL into a useless, unridable beast.

  • Auphliam

    Wow…if ever there was a glaring example of American underachievement…A $10,000, 2343cc engine and they’re bragging about 162hp.

    • Reid

      I laughed and laughed when I read this. You’re so right, sir.

    • Well, if it’s any consolation, the motor for the K1600 is over $14K.

    • JoMeyer

      The torque figure is decent though, coupled with 162 horses, not a weak combo. Not many bikes can brag with that, even the 200 hp+ bikes. Only other bike coming close is Triumph – Rocket, I think. Also 2400 cc

    • annoymouse57

      What is even more funny (sad?) is that the new LT1 in the 2015 Corvette as a crate engine is $11,000. 460hp and 460 ftlb torque. Even more sad when you consider you need to buy a Harley to put this in. They did say it was 162 at the rear wheel which means it’s probably around 185-190 for parasitic losses if that’s any consolation. Not.

    • gv

      it’s all about tradition,style and sound.it’s a whole motorcycle culture so please don’t be so disrespectful..

  • Mark D

    “Longevity, engine noise, vibration and throttle sensitivity have all been comprised”
    did they mean “compromised?”

    • DickRuble

      Their mastery of English is paralleled only by their engineering ability.

  • Jim

    This should leave a few —tches on the side of the road leading to Sturgis. The burnout contest will never be the same!

  • Dicky

    Funny how idiots that have absolutely zero engineering experience or knowledge get on here to disrespect the accomplishments of making a V-twin (2 cylinder) air cooled engine make those kinds of HP and TQ numbers. The price has to cover all of the R&D, and relatively low production numbers……

  • Auphliam

    Troy, it appears they’ve removed or moved the site you linked above.
    The T143 details can now be found here
    http://www.sscycle.com/feature/t143-motorcycle-engine/

  • JMDonald

    I thought all MV Agustas were limited editions. I have a dream. The dream is I own one.

    • Born to Ride

      Which one?

      • JMDonald

        The Brutale.

        • Old MOron

          It’s my experience that dealers are willing to negotiate.
          Give it a try.

        • Born to Ride

          Almost pulled the trigger on a 910R a few years back. It was covered in carbon fiber and rizoma parts, forged marchesini wheels, Titanium headers and mid-pipe exiting in those iconic shotgun pipes. It was a consignment bike and the owner was not budging on the price at all. I wish I had just ponied up the extra 1500$ over M1100s I did buy.