This week, our International corespondent, Tor Sagen, was at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, Spain, testing the 2013 versions of the MV Agusta F4 and F4RR superbikes. Following are his first impressions.
Both the 2013 MV Agusta F4 and F4 RR have been fitted with MVA’s latest electronics package, which features lean sensors, electronically assisted shift and more. The F4 RR is the absolute MV Agusta flagship model, and now sports electrically controlled Ohlins suspension and steering damper controlled by a dedicated Ohlins ECU unit. This means that you can change everything but preload from the dashboard of the motorcycle.
Both F4’s are ferocious above 9,000 rpm, but the F4 RR is in a different league all together. While there is plenty of electronic brain within the fairings, it takes its toll from the rider to keep up with the shear speed. Above 10K rpm things happen so quickly and acceleration is immense!
The F4s are not the most comfortable motorcycles in the world, and it’s a real struggle to escape the wind as I can’t push myself far enough backwards to get any protection from the windscreen. On the Valencia circuit this didn’t really matter as the F4 RR’s 201 ponies pushed big holes in the air like a hot knife through butter (as did the F4′s 195 horsepower).
In terms of engine power, the F4 feels plenty powerful, and it’s only in the upper 3,000 rpm I could really feel the difference. With the new traction control and the new set of Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tires featuring a 200/55 rear, there were plenty of grip even with a low TC setting.
Both F4s are fantastic superbikes and perfect track tools. Hardcore as few and faster than most, but they take time to get used to. Stay clicked to UltimateMotorCycling.com for my full review of both the 2013 MV Agusta F4 and F4 RR.
Text: Tor Sagen