Gallery: MV Agusta F4Z Zagato

One-off F4 shown at Chantilly Concours d'Elegance

MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
The F4Z was shown at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d'Elegance, an event in France where automobile manufacturers show their new models and custom builds, while at the same time fashion houses display their latest creations.Courtesy of MV Agusta

MV Agusta and Zagato Milano have revealed the F4Z "atelier motorbike" at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance in France. The bike is a one-off custom, designed and built by the Zagato studio for a Japanese entrepreneur that collects modern cars (also one-off pieces built by Zagato) and Italian motorcycles. Scroll through the gallery below to see more images of the bike, as well as more details on its construction.

MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
The F4Z is based on the production F4 model and draws on the aeronautical background and culture of both MV Agusta and Zagato, and features a small number of large body panels made from aluminum and carbon fiber.Courtesy of MV Agusta
MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
Zagato was founded in 1919 and specializes in 2-door/2-seat custom automobiles; the F4Z is a departure from the company's usual work. The F4Z's body panels were all handmade in the company's studio in Milan, using CAD-CAM-CAE technology and 3D printing.Courtesy of MV Agusta
MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
According the press material, the F4Z was designed and built so as to "interpret the lifestyle of the customer, a young Japanese businessman, president of a holding with interests in the fashion and publishing sectors." A motorcycle was used as the starting point, rather than a car, as it was felt this "expresses its owner's lifestyle a lot more than a car."Courtesy of MV Agusta
MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
The description of the F4Z on the Chantilly Arts & Elegance website implies that this may be the first of more one-off MV Agusta models built to order: "With the F4Z, the motorcycle brand belonging to the Group created by Giovanni Agusta enters the niche of collectible motorbikes built to suit the single customer."Courtesy of MV Agusta
MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
As part of the design, the fuel tank, exhaust system, airbox and intake manifolds were also replaced with custom pieces.Courtesy of MV Agusta
MV Agusta F4Z Zagato
This custom Lamborghini 5-95 is typical of the custom work done by Zagato. This particular piece is based on a Gallardo LP570-4, and was built for collector Albert Spiess.Courtesy of Zagato

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

Chantilly Arts & Elegance 2016: The MV Agusta F4Z goes beyond traditional customization to become a collectible Atelier motorbike

Chantilly, September, 2016. At the third international Concours d’Elegance Chantilly Arts & Elegance, the F4Z is the first Atelier motorbike to be created by the historical Milanese coachbuilder in collaboration with the bike manufacturer from Varese.

MV Agusta has attained international renown for its advanced technology, high performance and unique design, making it one of the most exclusive and prestigious brands in the motorcycling world. Its legend has been consecrated by 75 world championships (37 Manufacturers’ and 38 Riders’) and is celebrated by a range of products capable of winning the most coveted specialised critics’ awards.

MV Agusta’s product portfolio is based on two main platforms, comprising three- and four-cylinder models with a displacement of 675 to 1100 cc and occupying the supersport, superbike, sport-naked and crossover segments.

The only remaining Italian coachbuilding company to be independent and still in the hands of its founder’s family, Zagato shaped the F4Z, based on the standard mechanics of the MV Agusta F4, as a one-off piece for a Japanese entrepreneur, collector of Zagato cars as well as Italian motorbikes.

The MV Agusta F4Z's bodywork was designed and engineered by the Zagato team and built with noble materials like aluminium and carbon fibre. It consists of a limited number of relatively large panels: this is the characteristic that, in the motorcar world, sets apart collectibles from mass produced automobiles.

Compared to the production MV Agusta F4, the F4Z features an entirely different bodywork. Some parts had to be adapted and re-engineered, others fully replaced by components that were made specially: intake manifolds, fuel tank, battery, exhaust system.

For MV Agusta, founded in 1945 by Domenico Agusta, the F4Z represents a different result compared to the traditional rules of customisation in the motorbike sector, witnessing the brand’s entrance into the niche of collectibles, built on request and expression of exclusivity, uniqueness and investment in durables.

For the company founded by Ugo Zagato in 1919, that specialised in light 2 door/2 seat bodies (coupe or spider) right from the start, the MV Agusta F4Z represents instead a digression beyond the car universe, their traditional field of expression. Nowadays Zagato is a modern Total Design Centre and coachbuilding Atelier, able to blend and balance the most advanced engineering technologies, the use of innovative materials and the traditional workshop production procedures.

The design team of the Zagato Atelier had to tackle the challenge of creating a bike that would interpret the lifestyle of the customer, a young Japanese businessman, president of a holding with interests in the fashion and publishing sectors.

The starting point was the notion that a motorbike expresses its owner’s lifestyle a lot more than a car. Therefore, it was essential to know and understand the character, passions and wishes of the person to whom the bike was destined.

The collector or investor who turns to the Zagato Atelier requesting an exclusive piece is certainly someone with a strong passion. The love for bikes of the client dates back to the Eighties, when he bought his first motorcycle and started to customise it with his own hands. It was his visceral passion that stimulated the designers’ creativity. He didn’t want anything modern, fashionable, but something that could instead keep its value and appeal. What he wanted was a motorbike that wasn’t comparable to any other, that was classic, but always up to date and with a timeless design.