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MV’s tribute to Senna finally arrives

Published: 21 January 2002

Updated: 19 November 2014

MV Agusta’s special edition F4 Senna will finally hit UK showrooms next month.

The bikes – which are built as a tribute to three-times F1 champion Ayrton Senna were originally supposed to be on sale last year, but were delayed as cash-flow problems hit the MV factory. Investment from scooter giant Piaggio has got things going again.

Only 300 of the bikes will be made and all come complete with special black paint as well as a red frame and wheel spokes. They also feature the 140bhp engine originally designed for the top-of-the-range F4 SPR instead of the stock 128bhp motor.

Only around 36 Sennas are allocated to the UK, so you’ll have to be quick to get one, particularly as the final price has been set at £15,850 – £1150 less than the £17,000 tag originally expected.

Senna himself never rode an MV before his death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix at Imola. However, he did own several Ducatis – leading to the creation of the limited-edition 916 Senna shortly after his death. Former Ducati owner and now MV owner Claudio Castiglioni was a personal friend of Senna’s.

You can see the F4 Senna as well as the firm’s naked F4 Brutale for yourself at the MCN Ally Pally show in London from January 26 to February 3.

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