The 1000cc MV Agusta F5 has been revamped and made even quicker ready for its launch in September.
You can read about the MV Agusta F5 in more detail in the July 10 issue of MCN.
We caught the bike, much updated from the previous F5 prototype we showed in February, taking part at the Spa 24-hour endurance race.
February’s prototype was little more than a stock 750 F4 chassis with the 1000cc motor slotted in. This new machine, which lapped 2.5s quicker than the old version, boasts:
*A modified frame to take the bigger motor,
*A revised ram-air system,
*An all-new fuel injection system,
*A new exhaust configuration
*A new gearbox.
The bike was run by the Belgian Maxim Experience team and managed an impressive seventh.
A road-going limited edition ‘Oro’ version of this machine will be unveiled at September’s Munich Show with a rear wheel power of around 160bhp and a price tag teetering around the £20,000 mark.
The experience gained in endurance racing could even convince MV to show its engineering prowess in the MCN British Superbike series next year where 1000cc fours are now permitted to compete.
MV undoubtedly topped the style charts when it launched its 750 in 1997 and now hopes the extra power of the litre-bike will meet riders’ craving for more speed and help the firm to success on the track.