It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that the MV Agusta F4 took the two-wheeler world by storm when it was first unveiled in 1997 at the Milan motorcycle show. The iconic Italian marque was making a comeback and it couldn’t have asked for a better motorcycle than the F4, a masterpiece designed and developed by the legendary Massimo Tamburini. Over the years, the F4 has adorned many bedroom walls of teenagers, made adults lust after its gorgeous lines and wowed racers with its performance. Despite being over two decades old, the F4 can still make modern superbikes look pedestrian with its presence and the Italian still remains timeless and stunning.
However, it’s time that the legend retires and MV Agusta has announced the last hurrah for the much adored superbike – the F4 Claudio. The last edition of the F4, understandably, has been named after the late Claudio Castiglioni, who resurrected the brand almost three decades ago. It has been limited to just 100 units for exclusivity and the bike is based on the MV Agusta F4 RC.
To visually distinguish the bike from other limited edition offerings in its portfolio, the F4 Claudio gets a dual-tone finish of black and gold. All the panels on the superbike have been crafted from carbon-fibre and even the wheels are carbon with dazzling gold flakes. For further weight reduction, it employs titanium bolts and screws, along with machined aluminium components and the bike weighs just 175kg (dry weight) with the optional race kit. It also gets a cross-stitched rider seat and the Claudio logo is embroidered in it.
Beneath the fairing sits an inline-four motor that churns out 212hp (with the titanium SC Project exhaust system), while 115Nm of peak torque arrives at 9,300rpm. The power figure without the race kit stands at 205hp; MV Agusta hasn’t shared its torque output. MV Agusta’s Reparto Corse (RC) division designed and developed a new head intake and exhaust ports for the motor. In order to reduce frictional losses, the engine gets DLC-treated cam followers and titanium con-rods.
The powerplant is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a bi-directional quickshifter and a wet STM slipper clutch. It features four ride modes – Normal, Sport, Rain and Custom. In addition, the MV Agusta F4 Claudio also gets an AIM dash with full data logging, IMU-controlled eight-level traction control system and MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) electronic rider aids. Cycle parts as expected are top-drawer units including an Ohlins NIX 30 TiN-coated fork up front and an Ohlins TTX36 shock at the back. Braking hardware consists of dual 320mm “T-Drive” discs up front, using Brembo Stilema 4-piston monobloc radial calipers.
The MV Agusta F4 Claudio will make its global debut at the upcoming EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, next month. Given the high demand and exclusivity, it’s highly unlikely that the F4 Claudio will be available in India. We would like to add that this is the second F4 limited edition dedicated to Claudio Castiglioni as the Italian marque had launched the F4 CC in 2006 and even that was limited to just 100 units.