The World Superbike Championship MV Agusta recently announced that it will allow triple-cylinder motorcycles up to 800cc and twin-cylinder bikes up to 900cc to compete in its World Supersport class from next year.
Not entirely coincidental is MV Agusta unveiling the 2022 F3 RC, powered by a 798cc inline-triple motor. This is essentially a higher-performance version of the F3 Rosso that the brand introduced a while ago.
MV has made changes to the engine, with new crank and conrod bearings, new fuel injectors, a new clutch basket and quick shifter and a reworked exhaust system.
Output still stands at the same 147hp and 88Nm as the Rosso, but can be bumped up to 155hp with the addition of a Racing Kit that includes an aftermarket Akrapovic exhaust system.
Also included are an ECU remap, a single seat cover and CNC machined brake and clutch levers, and fuel cap.
Going hand-in-hand with the engine tweaks are electronic updates, which include a new six-axis IMU created in collaboration with e-Novia, that supports lean-sensitive traction control, wheelie control and a Continental cornering ABS.
All this is controlled via a new 5.5-inch TFT dash that features Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation. Also part of the suite are launch control and cruise control.
There are some fairly significant changes to the chassis as well, with new frame plates that are said to increase torsional and lateral rigidity.
But the bigger news is the new wheels, which are now seven percent lighter and have 10 percent lower moment of inertia, which should make the bike more agile and quick-steering.
The most visible changes, though, are to the bodywork. Aerodynamic appendages have been added to the side fairings, each with three aerofoils enclosed. MV Agusta claims these produce 7.7kg of downforce at 241kph.
There’s also a new windscreen that’s more aerodynamic, and a revised front fender that helps direct more air onto the radiator. The bike has been launched in Europe and the USA at €21,900 (Rs 18.97 lakh) and $25,270 (Rs 18.66 lakh) respectively.
However, with MV having no operations in India at the moment, this bike is unlikely to be seen in showrooms here anytime soon.