MV Agusta motorcycles are all about exotic looks, laced with a personality that is intriguingly different from others. They are characterful and preserve the old-school way of combining a track-focused motorcycle with a characterful powertrain. The 2022 Agusta RR preserves its ‘Trepistoni’ engine which has now been developed to pass Euro 5 emissions while still keeping the classic recipe of a fast middleweight Super-sport alive.
The three-cylinder engines doles out 147 horsepower and that makes it one of the most powerful within the 800cc segment. There are new crankshaft bearings and the throttle response is now altered while there is also a new exhaust header design. Optional is a sonorous Akrapovič titanium exhaust that cuts weight down to 165 kg and also increases power up to 155 bhp. Ear plugs optional.
The RR being the most potent version, the styling has been stoked further with some track focus being dialled into its looks. Its aggressive styling is still classically beautiful but several advancements in its design bring it closer to a hardcore track-oriented motorcycle. The carbon fibre body has new winglets like tiaras and enhances its aerodynamic qualities. MV says that these ‘appendages’ on the sides of the fairing are made of forged carbon fibre and are able to generate a load of 8 kg on the front end at a speed of 240 km/h. There are more air scoops at the side as well.
The aforementioned Akrapovič exhaust comes as part of the racing kit and also has a single seat. The electronics and the suspension come under the scanner with new kit like a new 5.5-inch TFT colour screen or the fact that the screen can be paired to your smartphone while there is cruise control now and a new quick shifter. The classic MV Agusta traits are there including a beautifully sounding exhaust and a riding experience that brings in a lot of involvement along with the overhauled electronics and a lighter rear wheel cutting down further slack.
This bike enables MV Agusta to take the fight up to Ducati while keeping its individual strengths intact. It’s like a two-wheeled equivalent of a Ferrari Pista track car with all the charm and glamour yet with also better ergonomics. MVs are always exotic and also very expensive and its business as usual with the new F3 RR as well but its exclusivity and Italian supermodel looks to ease the pain of forking out so much money for one. Availability for the Australian market is in limited numbers with prices hovering around $35,000.