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2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta Revealed
MV Agusta has announced the 2012 edition of its F4 sportbike featuring the new “Corsa Corta” engine from the F4 RR.
The 2012 MV Agusta F4 R Corsa Corta engine has a 79mm bore and a stroke of 50.9mm, compared to the 76mmx55mm engine found on the previous F4, last updated in 2010. The engine uses titanium valves, a first for production engines, and is paired to a new 4-2-1-4 exhaust with the F4′s signature underseat pipes. According to MV Agusta, the new Corsa Corta engine produces 195 hp at 13,000 rpm and 82.6 ft-lb. at 9000 rpm. Those figures aren’t as high as the F4 RR’s claimed 200 hp but a boost from the F4′s 186 hp claims.
MV Agusta updated the traction control algorithm with two rider selectable maps, selected by a new controller on the left handlebar.
The frame is a MAG-welded chromoly steel tubular trellis frame while the single-sided swingarm is made of lightweight aluminum alloy, said to weigh just 11 pounds.
The F4 R is equipped with fully-adjustable 50mm upside-down Marzocchi forks and Sachs rear shock with a nitrogen reservoir. The fully-adjustable rear shock uses a linkage system that can also be adjusted to modify the ride height.
The front brakes use Brembo monobloc four-piston calipers with double 320mm discs while the rear uses a four-piston caliper with 210mm disc.
The 2012 MV Agusta F4 R will be offered in a choice of red and gray or white and a darker medium gray. U.S. pricing and availability has not been announced but in Italy, the F4 R will retail for 18,800 euros (US$25,200).