MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2013-on) Review

Published: 25 January 2013

"An electrifying experience, but a handful to ride very fast"

MV-AGUSTA F4 1000  (2013-on)

"An electrifying experience, but a handful to ride very fast"

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  195 bhp
  • 31 mpg  -  120 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • £14,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

With its new short-stroke engine, ride-by-wire throttle, frame and a host of clever electronic upgrades, this the F4’s biggest overhaul since MV turned their flagship superbike back from a 1078cc, into a 1000 in 2010. Like a well set-up race bike it carves through corners with minimal effort, making it the best-handling F4 ever. It’s also the first production bike to be fitted with an ‘auto-blipper, which lets you change down through the gears without having to use the clutch. But while it handles superbly and dishes up searing acceleration and mind-jangling top speed, the power delivery has too many flat spots and the throttle connection isn’t as predictable as its rivals. It’s an electrifying experience, but a handful to ride very fast. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The F4 steers and grips like a racer - it’s a piece of cake to place wherever you want on a track, regardless of your speed. Ride quality is superb (and even plusher on the Ohlins-suspended RR version), Brembos powerful and full of feel and the bars are nicely spaced out (but too narrow on the RR). But the riding position is very cramped and you can really feel the MV’s slightly porky 191kg dry weight when you’re braking for tight corners from high speed. If the power delivery was as good as the handling, the F4 would be a class-leader.
With its bigger ride-by-wire throttle bodies, the steel trellis frame had to be made wider and the new cast aluminium wheels (forged ali on the F4R and F4RR) are shod with Pirelli’s latest 200-section Diablo Super Corsa SP.

Engine 4 out of 5

The base-model F4 now has the short-stroke motor from the old F4R and F4RR and produces 195bhp at 13,600rpm. It now has a lighter crankshaft, forged titanium conrods, revised cylinder head porting and the valves use a single spring instead of two. All this ensures that the MV is seriously rapid, but it’s hard to meter out precise amounts of throttle when you’re riding fast. Weak power at the bottom end is followed by a muscular midrange, then a flat spot around 10,000rpm where the inlet trumpets lift clear of the throttle bodies. After that it’s a turbocharged surge to the redline. On the road, at lower revs, this slightly unpredictable power delivery shouldn’t be as much of a problem, plus the fantastic engine note always makes up for any of the F4’s quirks. New electronics include a ride-by-wire system and new 50mm Mikuni throttle bodies, anti-wheelie, eight stage traction control, four riding modes, electronic engine braking control, a quickshifter and auto-blipper.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Build quality and attention to detail is second to none. New underseat tailpipes are now sculpted to form a beautiful undertray section, there are little aerofoils underneath the belly pan for high speed stability and new LED running lights are fitted front and rear. Styling is to die for and the paint finish deep and luscious. MV’s have had some reliability issues in the past and spares have been hard to get hold of, but these problems are becoming less and less nowadays.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

MV Agustas used to be at the top end of the price scale, but that’s no longer the case. It’s not what you’d call cheap and it’s more expensive than its Japanese superbike rivals, but the F4 is costs less than the BMW S1000RR Sport, Aprilia RSV4R and Ducati Panigale. The top spec RR is cheaper than the Ducati Panigale S and BMW HP4 Carbon

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Equipment 5 out of 5

As you’d expect, you get lots of toys for your money. They include a full electronic rider aid package (see above), as well as fully-adjustable Marzocchi and Sachs suspension, Brembo monobloc brakes, a multi-function dash and steering damper. The F4 R and F4 RR (see below) has even more goodies fitted as standard.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA F4 1000 (2013-on) 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 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5


27 January 2014 by fergymax

Fantastic bike 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5


19 December 2013 by Garypf4

Having only recently purchased the F4 I have to say I love it's looks but not really had chance to put it through it paces Read more

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

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £14,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Max power 195 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Top speed 185 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 31 mpg
Tank range 120 miles
Engine size 998cc
Engine type 16v, inline four-cylinder
Frame type Steel trellis/cast ali mix frame and ali single-sided swingarm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 191kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 50mm Marzocchi forks
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable single rear Sachs shock
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers
Rear brake 210mm single disc with single-piston Nissin caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 200/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2010 – F4 introduced, replacing the old F4 1000, F4 1000 312.
2013 – F4 revised with new short-stroke engine, ride-by-wire, frame, wheels, exhaust, LED running lights and new electronic riding aids.

Other versions

F4 R – As F4, fitted with an Ohlins TTX rear shock, lightweight forged aluminium wheels and bodywork featuring ‘R’ logo.

F4RR – Flagship F4 with 201bhp and a raised 14,000rpm rev-limit. Ohlins electronic 43mm NIX forks and TTX rear shock, Ohlins electronic steering damper, lightweight forged aluminium wheels, carbon fibre panels, racing clip-ons, Brembo radial monobloc M50 front brake calipers, raised swingarm pivot, adjustable steering angle and bodywork featuring the ‘RR’ logo.

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