MV Agusta just officially announced that the much-rumored middleweight sportbike they have had in the works for several years now will finally be coming for 2011. Called the MV Agusta F3, details on the new middleweight are about as sparse as they come, the Italian manufacturer only releasing these two rear-end testing photos accompanied by the following statement: “After years of continuous design and development along with ongoing research to create the most beautiful and technologically advanced 600cc bike of the world, the first pictures of the “real” MV Agusta F3 are revealed.”
From the photos one can see the styling is extremely close to that of its bigger bothers in the MV Agusta F4 line-up, though slightly sleeker and more edgy in the tail section area and seemingly smaller in terms of overall dimensions. The engine will be a liquid-cooled, inline-four 600cc unit housed in a trellis-type steel frame. The swingarm is single-sided, while braking components are sourced from Brembo. The exhaust looks almost totally contained, both under the bike in its lower fairing as well is in the tail section where it appears to exit on either side of the taillight. That about wraps up what one can tell from the two testing photos, though stay tuned for more details as they become available.
Also, while we’re on the subject of middle-class sportbikes, be sure to keep any eye out for the final installment of our 2010 Modified Supersport Shootout in the coming weeks. With no new 600s released this year we decided to hop-up the current crop of Japanese 600s, testing them along the way in a series of comparisons, the results of which have been quite eye-opening. But with this new MV Agusta coming in 2011 along with a rumored much-updated Suzuki GSX-R600, next year could once again be interesting in the world of middleweights.