MV Agusta: Electronic Shift Assist on 675

MV Agusta ESA Offered on F3 675, Brutale 675

Electronic-shifting aids are nothing new in the world of high-performance motorcycles, especially on superbikes of Italian descent (think of the Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati 1199).

But now, the Italian MV Agusta will offer electronic-shifting aids on two of its three-cylinder models that have become very popular in the mid-weight category – the F3 675 and the Brutale 675. Both 679 triples will be offered in the standard-shifting version, and with Electronically Assisted Shift (EAS).

MV Agusta says: “This system increases the already incredible performance of the F3 675 and contributes to the overall superb dynamics of the Brutale 675 allowing the rider to change gears extremely quickly without closing the gas or using the clutch.”

EAS will now be added to the already-advanced technology offered on the F3 675 and Brutale 675, such as counter-rotating crankshaft, as used in MotoGP; evolved electronic controls with the MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System); full ride by wire throttle control and integrated traction control.

MVA says the F3 675 is currently offered in standard-shifting version for $15,979, and at the end of March 2012 with EAS for $16,512.

The Brutale 675 goes into production in June 2012, and will be available in the standard-shifting version for $11,980 and with EAS for $12,514.

The EAS system is also available as an optional accessory directly from MV Agusta Special Parts.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).