2015 MV Agusta F4 RC First Look

Reparto Corse World Superbike homologation special

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

MV Agusta has officially introduced its upgraded version of the F4 intended to be used as a basis for World Superbike competition, dubbed the F4 Reparto Corse. Just 250 will be produced, and the new bike is claimed to make 212 horsepower at 13,600 rpm with a Termignoni kit exhaust and ECU installed.

The F4 RC has been significantly changed from the standard F4 and the F4 RR in order to reduce weight by more than 15 pounds. All the engine covers are now manufactured from magnesium, and titanium hardware is used throughout. The pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft have all been redesigned for lighter weight. The radial-valve engine is hand-assembled, and features new intake and exhaust ports. Maximum power in stock trim is claimed to be 205 horsepower.

The RC's electronics package features MV's MVICS 2.0 system and an Eldor ECU with ride-by-wire throttle. Throttle sensitivity, maximum torque, engine braking, engine response and the rev limiter can all be adjusted. The 8-level traction control system takes its cue from an inertial platform that has a lean angle sensor, three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, and also takes data from the bike's ABS rings.

On the chassis side, dimensions are similar to the RR model, but the chromoly section of the RC's frame is tig welded by hand and the swingarm pivot is now adjustable. Suspension components include a TiN-coated Ohlins NIX 30 fork and an Ohlins TTX 36 shock (without the RR's electronic adjustability), and the wheels are forged magnesium. Brembo M50 monoblock calipers work on 320mm discs, and ABS is provided by a Bosch 9-plus Race unit with rear wheel lift-up mitigation. Carbon fiber is used for the side panels, lower fairing, fenders, chain guards, airbox lid and intake covers.

MSRP for the MV Agusta F4 RC in Europe is set at 36,900 euros (including the race kit, which includes a Termignoni titanium exhaust and race ECU), or approximately $40,000 at the current exchange rate. Scroll through the gallery above for more images of the new F4 RC, or read more information in MV's press material below.

The full text of MV Agusta's press information follows:

The Challenge Of The Superbike World Championship

The courage of far-sighted technical choices. The allure of a brand with a unique history. And: the triumphs in the Supersport category. Experience and progress, race by race, with the ultrafast derivatives of series-production bikes.

All this, and much more, swathed in the seductive, streamlined carbon fibre fairing of the most powerful, fastest and hardest-hitting F4 ever built. Built to race. To weave around Superbike racetracks. And ignite the dreams of even the most demanding enthusiasts.

RC, Reparto Corse: every detail, even where of no apparent significance, has been conceived, designed and built with the sole purpose of providing maximum race competitiveness. And, therefore, maximum road riding pleasure.

The new F4 RC is the sharp end of a project that began with the first incredible F4. The model that put MV Agusta back in the spotlight, changing the sports bike concept forever. Acclaimed, coveted and loved by motorcyclists the world over.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

A flawless blend of style and substance, this bike has gone from strength to strength while remaining ever-faithful to the panache and technology that make it so unique.

The culmination of that development is the F4 RC. Produced in a limited edition of just 250 bikes, each F4 RC comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and a comprehensive special components kit that provides an awesome power peak of 212 hp at 13,600 rpm.

At the same time, this version, which joins the standard and RR line-up, is gearing up for success in the 2015 Superbike World Championship. Just approved race regulations, in fact, drastically limit the modifications that can be made to production models. Consequently, to have a bike that will be extremely competitive right from the first world championship race, technical specifications need to be defined with near-manic attention to detail.

Exclusiveness is one of the distinguishing traits of the F4 RC. A bike that is unique at first glance, thanks also to a great choice of graphics and an eye-catching colour scheme that immediately marks it out as a thoroughbred. The striking livery - evidently designed for the racetrack - features an attention-grabbing combination of colour and trim that emphasises the bike's instantly recognisable lines and exceptional technical components.

And those who want a colour scheme identical to that used on the bikes competing in the Superbike World Championship need only choose their own personal race number on the front and lower fairing.

Performance and lightness: the pursuit of these goals has been boundless, with work being carried out on every component in every possible area.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

Engine

The 4-cylinder Corsa Corta engine with central timing chain and radial valves has undergone a series of modifications aimed at reducing the already-low overall weight and boosting performance. This compact power unit is characterised by a 79 mm bore and a 50.9 mm stroke. Hand-assembled to ensure optimisation of all components and maximum uniformity among the 250 F4 RC bikes that will be coming off the production line, each motorcycle features radial valves, a technical tradition that began with the very first F4 engine.

Those same valves, both intake and exhaust, are each moved by a spring to reduce total moving masses and make it easier to achieve the extremely high RC-standard engine revs. Already redesigned for the most recent F4 version, the lubrication circuit ensures outstanding reliability whatever the riding conditions, even in the most demanding situations so typical of racing.

In order to further reduce weight, MV Agusta has employed a series of components in magnesium alloy, a material used, most importantly, for the cylinder head cover yet also on the clutch, chain, removable gearbox selector, labyrinth blow-by, alternator, ABS pick up sump and lubricating filter and oil duct support flange covers.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

All-titanium bolts and screws, which have saved 1.1 kg, sharpen the personality of the F4 RC further, giving the technical content a decidedly racing flavour.

And, as you'd expect from a real Superbike, the quest to lighten the machine has gone much further: pistons, rods, and crankshaft have all been designed to be as light as possible. Meticulous work has been carried out on all internal steel parts, including numerous gear components and, of course, the camshafts, all of which have been given a thorough overhaul using sophisticated machining tools to remove, quite literally, every redundant gram.

The head features new intake and exhaust ducts that, together with all the other changes, have increased maximum power further to 205 hp at 13,450 rpm (212 hp on the kit version with exhaust system and dedicated control unit) against a torque of 115 Nm at 9300 rpm.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

As stated, the intake has been modified by designing new ducts. The 50 mm throttle bodies have been integrated in the TSS variable-length intake system.

The injectors are arranged on two banks: the upper one uses specific Magneti Marelli components that offer high performance in terms of fuel delivery; the lower bank instead features 4 Mikuni injectors. To maximise efficiency, silicone ‹cooling circuit hoses have been employed.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

Electronics

Electronic support is both complete and effective thanks to MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) technology, specifically developed by MV Agusta for all its models. The ELDOR electronic control unit manages the complete Ride-By-Wire system (with redundant circuits) and the 4 engine maps. There is also plenty of scope for parameter adjustment.

  • throttle sensitivity
  • maximum torque
  • engine braking
  • engine response
  • rev limiter

The inertial platform with lean angle sensor uses three gyroscopes and three accelerometers, plus the ABS pick up ring, to gather all the data, which is then algorithm-processed to determine required traction control (which has an 8-level setting range and can also be disabled). The EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) system allows clutchless gear changes, speeding up shifts significantly and resulting in shorter lap times.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

Frame and Suspension

Throughout the history of the F4, the frame has played a vital role: devised to combine the advantages of different design solutions, its success gradually saw it extended to the entire MV Agusta range. On the F4 RC the CrMo tubular steel trellis frame is TIG-welded by hand; the lower part is finished off with aluminium alloy plates on which a seat has been machined to insert the singleside swingarm pin, the fulcrum of which can be height-adjusted. Compared to the F4 RR, basic measurements remain unaltered: 1,430 mm wheelbase, steering head angle (23.5°) and single-sided swingarm length (565 mm).

The choice of suspension set-up shows the extent to which the F4 RC has been inspired by racing - and built to race. Fork, rear shock and steering damper are, in fact, mechanical instead of electronic : more detail is , the front fork is a TiN-coated Ohlins USD NIX 30 with separate hydraulic adjustment of compression (left stanchion) and rebound (right stanchion), plus spring pre-load adjustment. At the rear there is an Ohlins TTX 36 shock absorber with piggyback reservoir: manual compression/rebound adjustment is effected via the anodised aluminium knobs. Similarly, the steering damper, also made by Ohlins, can be mechanically adjusted too. Thanks to the absence of the control unit and actuators needed on electronically controlled suspension, the weight of the F4 RC has been reduced even further.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

The unique components of this version are further highlighted by widespread adoption of carbon fibre on the side panels, lower fairing, rear mudguard and front mudguard spoiler, upper and lower chain guard, the upper airbox section and the left and right intake covers.

Made of forged aluminium alloy, the wheels have been designed and built exclusively for this model. Even the battery - a light lithium (Li-Po) 12.8 V 4 Ah unit - is model-specific. Foot controls are also new: peg positions are adjustable and the shift lever features a sensor for fast gear changes.

Brakes

The braking system confirms the degree of excellence seen on the F4 RR: a pair of 320 mm front discs with steel braking rotors and monobloc Brembo M50 callipers with dedicated radial pump provide unbeatable performance, weight and stiffness. At the rear a 4-piston calliper and 210 mm disc are mounted.

Weight and Kit

To see just how exclusive the new F4 RC is, just take a look at the figures: to start with, it weighs a full 7 kg less than the F4 RR. And that's not all: the price includes a complete track riding kit which cuts weight by another 6 kg, pushing total weight savings up to an impressive 13 kg. With the assembly of specific components, such as the titanium Termignoni exhaust system with dedicated control unit, the bike reaches an exceptionally high maximum power of 212 hp at 13600 rpm.

2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

The kit includes:

  • Termignoni exhaust system in titanium, with carbon fibre heat guard;
  • dedicated control unit;
  • carbon fibre rear seat cowl for single-seater use;
  • quick-release tank cap;
  • red anodized Ergal plugs to be applied after removal of rear view mirrors;
  • certification demonstrating that each motorcycle belongs to a limited edition of just 250 units;
  • personalised motorcycle cover.
2015 MV Agusta F4 RC

Colour and Price

The new F4RC is limited to 250 units and each is numbered and supplied with a certificate, the bike includes a "ready to race" component kit with everything needed to configure the bike to be used exclusively on race circuits.

WITH ABS BOSCH 9 PLUS RACE + RLM (REAR WHEEL LIFT-UP MITIGATION) AND EAS 2.0 AT € 36.900