A special-edition MV Agusta F3 800 has raised €100,000 in aid of children’s charity Unicef.
Complete with a striking new paintjob incorporating the Unicef logo, the bike was part of a larger auction on Friday, August 9 at an exclusive gala event in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
Purchased by a collector, alongside the special MV, the charity sale also included a variety of unique artworks, with all of the proceeds raised from the machine going to charity.
Speaking about a bike in a statement, MV Agusta CEO, Timur Sardarov, said: "I am so happy that our special F3 800 for Unicef Italia found such a generous buyer.
"All our motorcycles are hand-crafted, and it takes an incredible amount of pride, passion and experience to manufacture one. This special one is unique, and to know it will serve a unique cause makes every woman and man involved in its production even prouder.
"I wish to thank Unicef Italia for giving us this opportunity to support them in defending vulnerable children."
Launched in 2013, the F3 800 uses a 798cc 12v liquid-cooled triple, producing 148bhp. Making 20bhp more than the smaller F3 675, it’s the perfect luxury stepping-stone between supersport and superbike.
Built to take on the Suzuki GSX-R750 and Ducati’s 848 (which have both since ceased production), the bike now sits largely in a class of one, with the larger-capacity Ducati 959 Panigale and recently announced Triumph Daytona 765 posing the only serious threats.
MCN’s Chief Road Tester, Michael Neeves, attended the launch of the MV and said: "The F3 800 is the most sorted, enjoyable and fun MV Agusta we’ve ridden in recent times, true exotica and far less than the price of an F4.
"Steering, braking and overall stability is superb. There was never anything wrong with the F3 675’s solid handling and pin-sharp steering and the F3 800 is just as impressive. Think of it as a big '600', not a small '1000'."
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