MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2007-2013) Review

Published: 30 April 2007

"Called the '312' because MV claims it'll do 312km/h, which equates to about 193mph"

MV Agusta F4 1000 312 motorcycle review - Riding

"Called the '312' because MV claims it'll do 312km/h, which equates to about 193mph"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  183 bhp
  • 37 mpg  -  137 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

It’s called the ‘312’ because MV claims it’ll do 312km/h, which equates to about 193mph. When we put it to the test it only managed 182 along a two-mile runway, albeit in a headwind. Costing fifteen grand it needs to be head and shoulders better than the GSX-R1000s and R1s of the world, and it isn’t.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

If you really know how to set a bike up the MV Agusta F4 1000 312's quality fully adjustable suspension will let you dial in the perfect set-up on the road or track. If like many people you don’t, the standard settings are too stiff for the road, but don’t offer enough damping for really hard use. It’s on the heavy side compared to something like an R1 too.

Engine 5 out of 5

Aside from its handsome looks the MV Agusta F4 1000 312's 998cc in-line-four cylinder engine is the best bit of the R312. It’s up 9bhp to a claimed 183bhp over the F4 1000R it replaces, thanks to bigger titanium valves, hairier cams, bigger throttle valves and shorter inlet trumpets. It sounds incredible, has amazing low-down grunt and a screaming top end.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Hand-built to a very high standard, the MV Agusta F4 1000 312 is a super-quality product. The paint is so lustrous it still looks wet and everywhere you look the attention to detail is staggering. Reliability shouldn’t be a problem, but the only problem is getting hold of spares, which can be a bit hit-and-miss from the factory.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

It used to be the case that the MV was well worth the asking price; it was so exotic, so exclusive and so ahead of its time. The F4 shape hasn’t changed since 1998, so the R312 looks just the same as an old F4 750 – it’s lost its ‘special-ness’. It’s not significantly faster or better handling than the Japanese competition either, so you have to ask yourself if it’s really worth the extra cash. Find an MV Agusta F4 1000RR 312 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

You get all the toys with the MV Agusta F4 1000 312, including radial-mount Brembo brakes, 50mm Marzocchi forks and a Sachs Racing rear shock. But it’s missing a lot of the stuff MV reserve for their special models. There’s no carbon fibre or the magnesium frame and swingarm that brings the weight of the F4 down to a more acceptable level. For £15k you’d at least expect to get some of this.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2007-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

mv 312

03 February 2008 by brutale r

truely awsome if you no how to ride 312 is easy to get handels really well rearset ment for a small bloke if you only got 182 on a 2 mile runway you should have gone up to top gear or u had ur foot resting on the rear brake pedal not hard if u ar... Read more tall

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

MV 312

07 May 2007 by Johan S

This is a masterpiece, those cant afford it does not say good about it. Well i own the first one in the RSA and can say only one thing about it.It is fantastic in all ways ,looks power and a totally crowd puller Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £14,750
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 183 bhp
Max torque 90 ft-lb
Top speed 182 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.23 secs
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 137 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v In-line-four, fuel injection, six-gears
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston radially mounted calipers
Rear brake 210 mm disc with four-piston calipe
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2007: MV Agusta F4 1000 312 launched.

Other versions

None.

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