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MV's F4 goes out in style

Published: 25 October 2018

Updated: 25 October 2018

Stunning special-edition 213bhp superbike weighs just 175kg.

Earlier this year, we reported that at the launch of the new Brutale 800RR, MV Agusta CEO, Giovanni Castiglioni, announced that there will be a trio of new litre bikes in the near future, as well as a special edition F4.

MV Agusta have revealed their most exotic F4 special edition yet. Dubbed the Claudio in honour of Claudio Castiglioni, father of current MV boss Giovanni, it is the last machine of the current F4 series that we’ll see due to Euro4 emissions laws.

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Based on the mega-money WSB homologation F4 RC, the Claudio is the lightest, most powerful F4 yet, boasting 213bhp. And it weighs just 175kg (dry) in track day trim.

Put together by MV’s special projects department, the level of detail and finishing is astonishingly high. There’s MotoGP-style switchgear and GPS datalogging, while the bike is held together with titanium fasteners. It also boasts full carbon-fibre bodywork with unique paintwork set off by bare, lacquered carbon. There are also unique, lightweight BST carbon wheels with a golden hue.

The chassis is typically high-end, featuring Brembo Stylema brakes, Öhlins NIX 30 43mm forks and a TTX36 shock.

Power is boosted for trackday use with a titanium SC Project exhaust, which boosts power from the stock bike’s 203bhp, while also reducing weight by 10kg. All of that adds to a whopping price tag, too: £64,000.

Introduced in 1997 as the flagship machine for the rebirth of MV, the F4 superbike has been a staple of MV’s range for the last 21 years. The cash- strapped company have vowed to develop a replacement but we suspect we won’t see it for a while.

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