2021 MV Agusta F3 Rosso First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

F3 RR model expected to come later this year

MV Agusta announced a new F3 Rosso model, an entry-level sportsbike with an inertial measurement unit and a Euro 5-compliant version of the company’s 798cc three-cylinder engine. Internationally, the F3 Rosso is considered a 2021 model, but we suspect it’ll come to the U.S. as a 2022 model as MV Agusta has only just recently relaunched in North America.

As part of its more affordable “Rosso” lineup, MV Agusta is positioning the F3 Rosso as its entry-level model, replacing the discontinued F3 675. Of course, this would imply that a higher-end model is forthcoming for more experienced riders. We’ll touch on that below, but first, let’s take a look at the F3 Rosso.

Visually, the F3 Rosso looks fairly similar to the previous F3 800 model. The fairing design is the same, as are the engine casings. Apart from the red “Rosso” paint scheme, the only visible difference is the slash-cut exhaust design that the F3 Rosso shares with the recently updated Brutale and Dragster models.

The engine has been updated to meet Euro 5 standards. It maintains the previous model’s claimed 147 hp, but MV Agusta redesigned the titanium valves, main bearings, connecting rods and countershaft to reduce friction and improve reliability. The fuel injectors are also new, able to handle an extra 0.5 bar of injection pressure. MV Agusta also updated the ECU for more precise throttle management and installed a more efficient bi-directional flow radiator.

MV Agusta tweaked the frame plates near the swingarm connection area to increase torsional and longitudinal stiffness, claiming improved rider feeling and precision.

A new IMU developed exclusively for MV Agusta by Milan-based e-Novia helps control the latest iteration of the company’s electronics suite. The IMU helps with both the cornering ABS (now supplied by Continental instead of Bosch) and traction control system. The front lift control system has also been updated to work with the new IMU, helping to manage a controlled wheelie rather than outright preventing the front wheel from coming off the ground. The electronics’ settings are displayed on a new 5.5″ TFT color screen and can be controlled by a standalone MV Ride App for IOS and Android devices.

The F3 Rosso uses a new third-generation version quick-shifter that MV Agusta claims is softer and more precise thanks to a new sensor. The clutch has also been updated with a reinforced clutch basket, with MV Agusta claiming quieter operation and improved manageability.

The suspension remains unchanged, with a 43mm Marzocchi inverted fork with progressive Sachs rear shock. Brembo provides the dual radial-mount monoblock four-piston calipers and two-piston rear caliper.

Other features include an updated right handlebar switchgear, cruise control, a 32.7-inch saddle height, a 4.4-gallon fuel tank and a claimed dry weight of 381.4 pounds.

So, what about that higher end F3 model? Well, certification documents from Australia suggest the F3 Rosso will be joined by an F3 RR. The name isn’t too surprising, as MV Agusta offers both Rosso and RR versions of the Brutale and Dragster. Still, we can confirm that MV Agusta has certified an F3 RR alongside the F3 Rosso and the Superveloce which shares the same engine. Unfortunately, information in the certification documents haven’t been released at this point, save for the name.

We’ll have more information on the MV Agusta F3 RR here on Motorcycle.com when it becomes available.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Allworld Allworld on Jun 01, 2021

    I'm a big fan and owner of MV's. Their 3 cylinder (798cc) pumping out 147 bhp is freaking hoot to ride. The Rosso version is their "entry level" more affordable sport bike...lol MV and affordable .... right.
    Could use a splash of silver paint, some people may think it's a Ducati...

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    • Holly R. Thanthou Holly R. Thanthou on Jun 14, 2021

      Most people hate to drive, and use their Honda or Toyota econobox as an appliance. That headlight is enough of a clue to most motorcyclists, even those who aren't amongst the cognoscenti elite.

  • Gabriel Owens Gabriel Owens on Jun 02, 2021

    Geez MV makes the most beautiful bikes.