MV Agusta and coachbuilder Zagato have released more information and high resolution photos of the F4Z. As expected, the F4Z is just a one-off creation, so no, you will not be seeing it in showrooms. As it turns out, the F4Z is a custom order commissioned by an unnamed Japanese businessman who asked Zagato to build a motorcycle that was unique yet classic and didn’t subscribe to any fleeting trends.

Reaction to the F4Z has been mixed, in the comments of our previous post and on Facebook, but also among MO editors as well. Even the detractors will at least cede the F4Z is a departure from modern motorcycle designs. The previous images we published were CGI renderings but we now have hi-res photos of the real thing. Let us know in the comments what you think of the F4Z’s styling.


Mechanically, the F4Z retains most of its donor bike, the MV Agusta F4. Zagato designed the bodywork, crafting it from a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. Zagato kept the number of body panels to a minimum, instead relying on fewer, larger pieces than what’s typically found on mass-produced motorcycles. Some components needed to be adapted or re-engineered. Others, such as the fuel tank, intake manifolds, battery and exhaust, were specially made just for the F4Z.


The identity of the businessman who commissioned the F4Z remains a mystery. Zagato only identifies him as a young Japanese businessman with holding interests in the fashion and publishing industries and a love for motorcycles. The MV Agusta F4Z will be on display at the Concours d’Elegance Chantilly Arts & Elegance on Sept. 4.

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  • Born to Ride

    The more I look at it the more I like it. I think it’ll look strange with a rider on it though.

    • spiff

      Yeah, it seems people fail to take that into account.

    • Robs

      A set of custom matching leathers and helmet, and it could look pretty striking.

  • SerSamsquamsh

    It’ll look great sitting in that guy’s living room.

    • Robs

      Game over man…game over….

      • spiff

        Shut up Hicks! 🙂

  • JMDonald

    I’ll take it.

  • krishan adhikari

    is the owner planning on riding the bike? if yes, what happens when he drops the bike? If the owner is not planning on riding the bike, then what use is a bike that you don’t ride? But i guess i am a few million $ short to really comment on the F4Z purchase decision.

  • Robs

    Love everything but the headlight and surround, and I could probably get used to that eventually.

  • john phyyt

    Well it does tell us that high pipes are gone.

  • Kyle

    I dig it. I’ll be interested to see if there will be any reaction to this, stylistically, from mainstream manufacturers. The Kawasaki H2, having only just today seen one in the flesh, is the only motorcycle that comes close to looking as impressive, and even that is pretty conservative by the F4Z’s standard.

  • SRMark

    I like the rear wheel and swingarm. They can keep the rest.

  • Auphliam

    The more I see this, the more I realize that I really like 75% of this bike. That seat/tailpiece is an issue. The problem isn’t even so much the shape of it as the material (whatever that is). It looks like a giant pencil eraser. As beautiful as that fairing design is, that whole rear section looks lazy and unfinished to me. Maybe its better in person.

  • john

    love the look. tail section is where it falls short. rear lights are not practical and where do you put the plate? Isn’t it all about driving it amyway. love the single sided swing arm as I do on the bikes I own. love how the headlight is integrated and how the colors were handled. I’m so tired of the graphics that are on most sport bikes

  • therr850

    The headlight reminds me of Oli from Kookla, Fran and Oli. hey, I’m older than I look. Or maybe it is Kookla. It’s been a long time.