LIKELY TO BE the last new model developed under the Harley Davidson umbrella, the 2010 MV Agusta F4 has been revealed this week at Milan.
Featuring a new chassis and engine, the 2010 F4 weighs in at 192kg, developing 138kW at 12,900rpm and 61Nm of torque at 9500rpm.
With the new four-cylinder engine's capacity dropping from 1078cc to 998cc, power is down on the outgoing model by 3kW.
A new electronic injection system uses 49mm throttle bodies with a 'Torque Shift System' for variable lift intake.
A slipper clutch and the TC Mk II traction control system - which offers eight levels of adjustment - figure among the new model's features.
According to MV Agusta, the new F4's fairings have the lowest frontal area in the inline four-cylinder segment, comparable to the front of a twin.
MV Agusta says the new model's chassis is shorter, narrower and 10kg lighter than the 2009 model.
?The launch of the new F4 builds upon the success that started with the new Brutale and will lead MV Agusta to write new pages full of tradition and victories,? Enrico D?Onofrio, managing director of MV Agusta said.
?The F4 was born from a completely new project with the single-minded goal of improving upon perfection and increasing the synthesis between the art of design and supersport performance.
We will continue to invest in the design and development of new models in the future in order to increase the product range of our extraordinary motorcycles.?
The new F4 features all-new styling, including the fairings, seat and tail, and squared-off versions of the brand's trademark 'organ pipe' exhaust tips.
Up front, the F4's headlight design retains the same basic styling as the outgoing F4, but features a poli-elliptical mono-element and a xenon bulb - the first of its kind for motorcycles.