2011 MV Agusta F3 Supersport First Look

November 1, 2010
Bart Madson
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2011 MV Agusta F3MV Agusta F3 First Look
An all-new addition to the MV Agusta lineup, the F3 harkens back to the brands racing pedigree with its Inline three.

Having already teased the public with a pair of spy photos, MV Agusta has pulled the wraps off its new supersport – the 2011 F3. Powered by an Inline Triple, the MV Augsta F3 is an all-new entry in the historic marque’s lineup.

Triple power churns inside the F3 courtesy of a 675cc three-cylinder mill. The internal architecture is forthcoming, but the displacement and configuration are notably identical to Triumph’s Daytona 675 supersport. The Triple powerplant, though most associated now with Triumph (as well as MV’s Italian brethren Benelli), harkens a return to MV’s illustrious racing past with 10 of its 37 world titles won by three-cylinder powerplants. MV claims the return to the engine configuration comes straight from the boss himself, Claudio Castiglioni, who once again holds full ownership of the brand after its purchase from Harley-Davidson.

Specifics on the engine remain unpublished (until the official unveiling tomorrow), but MV touts: “The engine is the most compact, incredible short and narrow engine ever seen in this category. The powerplant is incredibly modern in design, technologically advanced and capable of generating the most power ever seen in this category. One of the numerous technical features is the counter-rotating crankshaft, never before seen on a production supersport engine.”

2011 MV Agusta F3 Photo Gallery


Ride-by-wire with various engine maps are promised, along with MV TC traction control.

The rolling chassis is a steel tubed frame with aluminum sideplates. Supsension components include a Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock. Front brakes are dual disc with radial-mount Brembo calipers and a Nissin radial master cylinder.

The F3 picks up on the lines of the F4 “considered the most beautiful motorcycle in the world” in MV’s delightfully immodest press materials. It also claims the new F3 exceeds the F4 in setting “the styling and performance standards by which all others are judged.” And who can argue with the F3’s lines?

2011 MV Agusta F3
MV Agusta’s F3 supersport features a distinctive triple-pipe exhaust on its 675cc Inline Triple powerplant.

Every bit sports the supple and sleek looks that define the Italian brand, but the visually dominating feature on the new F3 is its exhaust. Where MV Agusta’s F4 Superbike made use of a distinctive four pipe undertail system, the F3 features a right-side triple pipe configuration that follows the curvature of the rear tire.