Iconic Italian manufacturer MV Agusta is planning to ramp up its presence globally and in the UK in 2019, with the pretty Superveloce concept bike shown at last month’s EICMA show in Milan giving an indication of a brighter future for the often troubled company.
Based on the 800cc F3, the Superveloce blends the donor bike’s modern day handling and performance with a retro style inspired by the racers that utterly dominated Grands Prix in the 1960s.
While the swoopy fairing (crafted from carbon fibre, no less) is a modern interpretation of the bikes on which Giacomo Agostini ruled the roost, the tech is at the cutting edge, with full LED lighting and a full colour TFT dashboard.
The 148bhp three-cylinder engine has been retuned, with SC Project developing a retro exhaust system that’s also reminiscent of Ago’s famous triples.
Although touted as a concept, MV staff in Milan were quick to point out that the Superveloce is almost certainly a precursor for a production model that will be launched in 2019.
Now under Russian ownership, MV Agusta is gearing up for a busy period as it looks to rebuild its reputation after some challenging years. A new 1000cc platform has been touted, with a replacement for the discontinued F4 superbike expected to be joined by unfaired café racer and streetfighter variants. The company has also given its commitment to strengthen its dealer network and customer support, which will also include a flagship new dealership in London.
MV Agusta will also return to Grand Prix racing in 2019, its first participation in 42 years. The brand will enter a team in the Moto2 world championship, running a machine with their own trellis frame design, but powered by the three-cylinder Triumph engine as mandated by the technical regulations.
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