Revealed: The secrets behind MV Agusta's F3

MV Agusta’s all-new three-cylinder F3 is days away from going into full production and looks set to rewrite the class rules as it takes on supersport all-comers with more power, lower weight and more advanced electronics.

MCN gained exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the key engineers to discover out how a tiny company like MV Agusta made a bike that looks like it will humble the latest CBR, R6, GSX-R and ZX-6 from Japan and Triumph’s superb 675 Daytona.

After three years of intense development which started at the beginning of 2008, the first bikes built in the next few weeks will be 200 limited-edition Serie Oro versions, each costing £20,000. These are already sold, with each owner having paid a £4500 deposit.

These will be followed early in 2012 with the standard £10,200 versions which lack some of the top spec components such as Ohlins suspension and carbon bodywork. It’s this standard bike upon which MV is pinning its future.

In this week’s issue MCN delves into the background of the bike’s development and unearths the secrets of the engine and the plans for the three-cylinder motor as part of MV Agusta’s future.

We were granted a world first look at the all-new F3 running, so you can exclusively experience the 132bhp three-cylinder engine note.

Read the full story in this week’s issue of MCN, on sale now.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter