It’s the most powerful and refined F4 MV Agusta has ever produced. Making a claimed 201bhp at the crank, it just pips the ZX-10R’s 200.1bhp crank figure to make the Italian beauty the most powerful 2011 road-going superbike.
It has a new short-stroke engine (hence the Corsacorta tag) with an exhaust note to die for, traction control, Ohlins suspension, an adjustable chassis, lightweight wheels and Brembo monobloc calipers. It’s still a heavy machine, doesn’t have the agility or friendliness of its rivals and its traction control isn’t up there with the Aprilia, BMW and Kawasaki systems.
But ridden in isolation it’s fantastically fast, the Ohlins provides light steering and a beautiful ride and the Brembo brakes are proper racing grade. The test bike we rode at the Adria circuit in Italy had a pronounced flat spot around 9-10,000rpm, but MV say this could be an isolated problem with the electronically-operated inlet trumpets.