2008 MV Agusta F4-R 312
2008 MV Agusta F4-R 312 (F4 1000R 312)
FAST LIKE NO OTHER
One thing that hasn’t changed throughout MV Agusta’s long life is the mentality. Our company is one great racing team. We are always at the ready to get involved and work hard. This is what we believe makes a motorbike a winner and is, quite simply, our mission. In 2006 we lost the Superstock Championship by a whisker and finished third thus doing Italy proud.
This “near miss” however only spurred us on and, knowing that more speed is always needed on the track, we worked closely with our teams to do just that. The principle behind the creation of the F4 R 312 was to create a machine that would immediately meet our riders’ requirements and keep them one step ahead of the opposition. It is the end result that counts – the ability to get into a corner before the others and be the first to leave it.
To create a machine that is perfectly designed and engineered because each time we take to the track, our sole aim is to take pole position and win.
MV Agusta customers now have at their disposal the very best we can offer. A racing machine that is homologated for road use and that meets Euro 3 anti- pollution standards. The new items of equipment on the MV are none other than the fine-tuning of a masterpiece. There has not been a revolution, just an evolution in development that is part and parcel of the processes that take place when any racing bike returns to the pits after track tests. The new F4 R 312 is now ready to line up on the starting line – looking to take the number 1 plate in the Superstock Championship.
As the Americans say “if it ain’t bust, don’t mend it”. The F4 has made history in the annals of sports bikes and is today still a point of reference for the category. Its design, style and allure are its strong points. True enthusiasts will immediately be struck by the obsessive attention to detail paid to the mechanical components of the bike. No other production bike comes anywhere near it.
The machine is like some special edition model directly from MV that leaves no room for improvement. Nothing appears on the bike by chance but has been meticulously designed and tested with just one goal in mind – improved functionality not to mention incomparable looks. Yet again, the newest name from MV stands proud and sophisticated – with F4 R 312 inscribed on the tail and airbox with typical MV elegance.
There is a new color scheme and graphics kit that will introduce an appeal never before seen in the history of the F4.
This will make it even easier to recognize as it leaves the pit lane or streaks out of the Parabolica at Monza and along the straight at over 300 kph.
Driven by the dynamic force of the new four-cylinder 174 HP engine, the F4 1000 R contains the result of seven years of ceaseless technological development poured forth into the most beautiful form ever reproduced on a motorcycle. The subdued sporty tone of its new livery conceals an updated engine equipped with the Weber Marelli 5SM engine management system that turns the extraordinary energy developed by the Italian 4-cylinder engine into a powerful and progressive driving force. An engine, that combined with the massive power of the unprecedented radial braking system and the sublime handling provided by the ultralight Brembo wheels, allows the F4 1000 R to ensure its supremacy amongst the elite of the fastest motorcycles in the world.
Available color options:
Gloss Black / Gray
Pearl White / Black
“Corsa” Red / Silver
The level of equipment is perfectly balanced and, like the F4 series, provides exactly what is needed for a machine like the R 312 designed for track use. For this reason, equipment fitted to the F4 1000 R has been replicated on the R 312 with only slight, but essential changes, being introduced.
The main features of the new sports bike are as follows:
1. Brembo P4/34 radial brake calipers.
2. Aluminum Ø320 mm Brembo discs with Aluminum flanges
3. Marzocchi USD Ø50 mm R.A.C. (Road Advanced Component) forks
4. Adjustable monoshock with high and low speed compression settings
5. Brembo forged Aluminum wheels with Y spokes
6. New integrated Magneti Marelli 5SM ignition-injection system
7. EBS (Engine Brake System)
8. Titanium intake valves
9. Euro 3 engine
10. 183 HP at 12,400 rpm
New items of equipment on the F4 R 312 relate to heat transfer because the 4-cylinder engine has by now reached such a level of technical sophistication that it is difficult to improve it any further. THE UPDATES TO THE ENGINE, ENGINE MANAGMENT SYSTEM (EMS), AND EXHAUST SYSTEM COMPONENTS ADD A FURTHER 9 HP AND 500 RPM.
The modifications made all relate to heat transfer. The aim was to seek absolute power and a “longer” rev band to provide better top speed on the straight. We felt that as far as cornering was concerned, we had little to learn from the competition as our bike already handles like a dream. In racing, where every last ounce of power is squeezed from the engine and even the smallest detail is examined and re-examined in the search for the slightest improvement, any increase in power can be seen as a major success. Thanks to methodical, reasoned work and by modifying only a few components, we managed to achieve 183 HP that is an improvement of 9 HP over the F4 1000 R of only one year ago. Put another way, this means cutting about a second off the time to lap a long fast track like Monza. That second will bring us ever closer to the 2007 Superstock World Championship.
The main differences between the F4 1000 R and F4 R 312 engines are as follows:
These new set-up parameters not only provided a generous further 9 HP to offer 183 HP at the crankshaft but also served to elongate the power band by 500 rpm. The modifications did not affect the characteristics of the cylinders, pistons or crank gear.
The F4 R 312 is fitted with an extractable gearbox that allows gear ratios to be quickly and easily changed. The Magneti Marelli 5SM ECU manages the widely acknowledged EBS system (Engine Brake System) that is fitted to MV Agusta engines. The concept is based on a solenoid-activated by-pass valve on cylinder N° 2 intake duct. The by-pass is situated downstream from the feed throttle that has a suitably shaped air intake. This device allows cylinder N°2 to produce torque even under deceleration (when the feed throttles are closed) thanks to a signal sent by the Marelli ECU.
The F4 R 312 is in effect a racing bike adopted for road use thanks not only to technical modifications that make it meet Euro standards but also make it easy to manage.
Apart from the Magneti Marelli 5SM ECU, a lambda probe was fitted to the exhaust system immediately before the catalyzer to make the engine meet Euro 3 standards.
Like the previous version, the engine has “secondary air system” that enriches the mixture. This makes the bike more rideable especially when the throttle is feathered and at speeds in excess of 120 kph (the speed limit at which emissions are measured for homologation purposes and that therefore calls for a slightly lean mixture).
Filtered air reaches a solenoid operated valve from a duct from the airbox. This valve is regulated by the ECU and the air is directed to the cylinder exhaust ducts to enrich the combustible gas with oxygen and thus improve catalysation.
Last year this called for a new profile rocker box cover made from magnesium instead of Aluminum
The frame can easily handle more power than presently put out and the symmetry of balance and handling developed over the years is very difficult to improve upon. Like every racing bike, modifications have been introduced one at a time without declaring a state of revolution. For this very reason, MVs have a classic chrome- molybdenum steel tubing frame. This solution offers considerable advantages in terms of transverse compactness, mechanical access and torsional rigidity. The frames are built in their entirety at the specialist division of the MV Agusta plant.
As always, MV underlines the uniqueness of their products as the F4 R 312 too is another of the only 4- cylinder machines with a tubular frame connected to a fabulous single swingarm system that, with its CRC signature, symbolizes MV architecture.
The true qualities of MV suspension have already been well demonstrated on the F4 1000 R that saw the introduction of Marzocchi USD Ø50 mm RAC (Road advanced component) forks These forks are the most prestigious item made by the Bolognese factory. They feature a multi-adjustable unit (12 compression settings and 18 for rebound) fitted with carbon nitride treated uprights designed for improved slide characteristics. The looks also differ in the black anodized stays that add to the individuality of the front end.
The rear suspension uses both the traditional layout and the Sachs Racing shock absorber with double compression calibration (high-medium speed) and sophisticated hydraulic control of pre-load spring. To complete the picture, the R 312 also has a transversally fitted Ohlins steering damper anchored to the frame to provide symmetrical working conditions.
The MV Agusta F4 R 312 features Brembo brakes with radial P4/34 calipers. These units, derived from Superbike and Moto GP machines, have a strut to provide increased rigidity mounted on radial adaptors made exclusively for MV Agusta. The enlarged Ø 320 discs with steel braking area and Aluminum flange are also highly effective.
The rear brake features a four-piston (opposed) caliper unit acting on a 210 mm disc. The Nissin-designed front brake and clutch levers are exclusive to MV Agusta and can be micrometrically adjusted.
The Brembo forged Aluminum wheels with Y spokes measure 3.50” x 17” at the front and 6.00” x 17” at the rear with 120/70 – ZR 17 and 190/55 – ZR 17 tires.
Comprising an electronic rev-counter, a multifunction display with two trip readings, total mileage, an odometer and clock and the full range of warning lights, instrumentation is enclosed in a stylish console.Reduced dimensions enable it to fit the cockpit area without reducing forward visibility or compromising the fairing aerodynamics.
The exhaust system combines effective performance with pleasing aesthetics: the fruits of intensive labour aimed at individualising the harmonics of the exhaust note. The four exhaust pipes exit the engine to snake their passage, via a silencer of original design, to emerge together at high level beneath the seat. The unmistakable “Organ pipe” exhaust produce a distinctive note as well as reduced noise level. The silencer, design by CRC is another component protected by an exclusive MV Agusta patent.
The F4 and its many innovations represent a world-wide reference point. Technology, design and the attempt to create a motorcycle which is superior from the technical and aesthetical point of view let the F4 stand out, becoming an inimitable product. Every detail is created in order to raise its beauty while conveying safety, stability and quality of the production process
The curved cast aluminium single-sided swingarm, through which the final drive chain runs, combines the advantages of light weight and high rigidity in every direction. The result is a component of exceptional technical merit and like the exhaust system and many other parts, it is also patented.
134 Kw (183 HP) at 12400 – Lim. 13000 r.p.m.
Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Weber Marelli 5SM ignition
CrMoSteel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
L: 2007 mm x W: 685 mm
US SPECIFICATIONS: 2008 MV Agusta F4-R 312 (F4 1000R 312)
MSRP: $24,995 USD
Type Four cylinder, 4 stroke, 16 valve
Timing system “D.O.H.C”, radial valve
Total displacement 998 cm3 (60.8 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 13,1:1
Bore x stroke 76 mm x 55 mm (3.0 in. x 2.2 in. )
Max. horse power – r.p.m. (at the crankshaft) 134 Kw (183 HP) at 12400 – Lim. 13000 r.p.m.
Max. torque – r.p.m. 115 Nm (11.5 Kgm) at 10000 r.p.m.
Cooling system Liquid cooled, water-oil heat exchanger
Engine management system “Weber Marelli” 5SM ignition – injection integrated system; induction discharge electronic ignition, “Multipoint” sequential timed electronic injection
Clutch Wet, multi – disc
Gear Box Cassette gearbox; six speed, constant mesh
Primary drive 50/79
First gear: Speed* 13/38 126,5 Km/h (78.5 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Second gear: Speed* 16/34 174,1 Km/h (108.1 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Third gear: Speed* 18/32 208,1 Km/h (129.2 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Fourth gear: Speed* 20/30 246,6 Km/h (153.1 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Fifth gear: Speed* 22/29 280,6 Km/h (174.2 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Sixth gear: Speed* 21/25 Over 300 Km/h (186.0 mph) at 13000 r.p.m.
Final velocity ratio 15×40
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 650 W at 5000 r.p.m.
Battery 12 V – 9 Ah
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Wheelbase 1408 mm (55.40 in.)
Overall lenght 2007 mm (79.01 in.)
Overall width 685 mm (26.97 in.)
Saddle height 810 mm (31.87 in.)
Min. ground clearance 130 mm (5.12 in.)
Trail 103,8 mm (4.08 in.)
Dry weight F4 R 312: 192 Kg (423.3 lb) – F4 R 312 1+1: 193 Kg (425.5 lb)
Fuel tank capacity 21 l (5.54 U.S. gal.) – reserve fuel: 4 l (1.05 U.S. gal. )
Maximum speed* Over 300 Km/h (186.0 mph)
Type CrMo Steel tubular trellis (TIG welded)
Rear swing arm pivot plates: material Aluminium alloy
Type “UPSIDE – DOWN” telescopic hydraulic fork with rebound-compression damping and spring preload adjustment
Rod dia. 50 mm (1.97 in.) with carbonitriding treatment
Travel on leg axis 129 mm (5.07 in.)
Type Progressive, single shock absorber with rebound and compression (High speed / Low speed) damping and spring preload (hydraulic control)
Single sided swing arm: materiale Aluminium alloy
Wheel travel 120 mm (4.72 in.)
Front brake Double floating disc with Ø 320 mm (Ø 12.6 in.) diameter, with steel braking band and aluminum flange
Front brake caliper Radial-type with 4 pistons – Ø 34 mm (Ø 1.34 in.)
Rear brake Single steel disc with Ø 210 mm (Ø 8.27 in.) diameter
Rear brake caliper With 4 pistons – Ø 25,4 mm (Ø 1.00 in.)
Front: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 3.50 ” x 17 ”
Rear: Material / size Forged aluminium alloy 6.00 ” x 17 ”
Front 120/70 – ZR 17 (58W)
Rear 190/55 – ZR 17 (75 W)
MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. is committed to the constant improvement of our products. Therefore the information and technical characteristics of the vehicles are subject to change without notice.