Featuring the same basic three-cylinder engine architecture of MV’s 675, the F3 800 sports an identical 79mm bore but gets a longer 54.3mm stroke. It’s the same stroked out treatment featured on MV Agusta’s new 800 street bikes, the Rivale 800 and Brutale 800, with debuted last November at the EICMA show in Milan.
MV Agusta claims power output increases to 148 horsepower – that’s 20 more than the 675 when the engine hits its peak at 13,000 rpm, just 500 before the rev-limiter kicks in. With the same dry weight as the shorter-stroked model, the 800 will have a stouter power-to-weight ratio.
The chassis also gets tweaks from MV Agusta beginning with revised damping to both the front and rear suspension to work with the higher power output. Suspension is fully adjustable on the 43mm Marzocchi upside-down fork and Sachs piggyback rear shock. Finally, to haul the F3 800 down from its claimed 167.1 mph top speed, Brembo monoblocs have been fitted to the front. The rotor sizes stay the same as does the complete rear brake system.
The same Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System (MVICS) that is fitted to the 675 controls the 800’s ride-by-wire throttle, four engine maps and and eight-level traction control system. Additionally the fuel injector capacity has been increased to provide the proper air-fuel ratio.
Same size, same weight, more power – sounds like a blast! Pricing in the U.S. is still to be announced, but in Europe the 2014 MV Agusta F3 800 has a sticker price of 13,990€. That’s approximately $18,300 depending on the state of exchange rates, but we hope it will be less than that as the 675’s MSRP is $13,999.