On the ripe age of 78, MV Agusta is the third-oldest Italian motorbike firm nonetheless in operation. However the firm’s first motorbike engine is even older—it was inbuilt 1943, two years earlier than the Meccanica Verghera Agusta model was formally registered. Now the Varese-based marque is celebrating its start with the discharge of the luxurious MV Agusta Superveloce 98 Edizione Limitata.
The Superveloce is the closest factor that MV Agusta has to a contemporary basic of their present vary. Based mostly on the MV Agusta F3 superbike, it makes use of the donor bike’s 798 cc triple-cylinder engine, metal trellis body, aluminum swingarm, and most of its working gear. However it trades the F3’s ultra-modern fairings for extra elegant bodywork, echoing the rounder aesthetics of MV Agusta’s Nineteen Seventies race bikes.
First revealed in 2018, the Superveloce has come out in varied variations and particular version trims since. Taking over residence alongside the present ‘base’ mannequin Superveloce and the swankier Superveloce S, the Superveloce 98 pays tribute to the corporate’s first motorbike—the MV 98.
Should you’re not au fait with MV Agusta’s historical past, we’ll deliver you in control. The marque traces its originals again to the early 20s, which is when Giovanni Agusta co-founded the Costruzioni Aeronautiche Giovanni Agusta S.A. plane firm. When he handed away just some years later on the age of 48, the corporate was left to his spouse and sons.
Enterprise was good… after which the Second World Struggle occurred. A post-war ban on Italian plane manufacturing would have crippled the household, if not for the truth that Giovanni’s son, Domenico Agusta, had already had the concept to start out constructing bikes a couple of years prior. He rationalized that diversifying the corporate can be one of the best ways to make sure its longevity and that Italy would wish inexpensive transport options after the battle.
By 1943, the corporate had constructed its first motorbike engine—a 98 cc single-cylinder two-stroke mill with a two-speed transmission. It went into manufacturing for all of some weeks, earlier than the occupation of the manufacturing unit in 1943 put Domenico’s plans on pause. Two years later, the MV Agusta firm was lastly established—and its first motorbike, the MV 98, was in the marketplace.
You may write volumes in regards to the MV 98 alone. It was a sublime little 70 kg [154 lbs] machine, sporting 19” wheels, a girder entrance finish, and plunger rear suspension. Its diminutive engine displayed a mechanical simplicity that’s seldom seen on fashionable bikes.
However an enormous speaking level was its coloration. Save for a splash of chrome on the gasoline tank, many of the bike was painted in a wealthy burgundy hue.
There aren’t many similarities between a 98 cc basic that tops out at 65 km/h [40 mph], and a contemporary superbike that makes 147 hp. So MV Agusta is tying the Superveloce 98 to its namesake by the use of an unique paint job and a smattering of tribute graphics.
The MV Agusta Superveloce 98’s metallic burgundy coloration is known as ‘Rosso Verghera,’ and it’s utilized by hand utilizing a number of matte layers with a gloss end laid over them. Silver stripes run down either side of the fairing, with particular ’98 Edizione Limitata’ logos adorning the tail part. The Superveloce’s body and gorgeous cross-spoked aluminum wheels are accomplished in silver to distinction the darkish burgundy hue.
Underneath the livery, the Superveloce 98 is just about equivalent to the Superveloce S. Its triple-cylinder engine boasts a counter-rotating crankshaft, DLC-coated cams, and a handful of titanium internals. It wears Pirelli Diablo Rosso IV Corsa tires, twin Brembo Stylema entrance brake calipers, and a TFT show with myriad digital rider aids. It additionally weighs simply 173 kilos [381 lbs] dry.
There’s an non-compulsory racing package for the MV Agusta Superveloce 98 too. It features a matching pillion seat cowl, a motorcycle cowl, a racing ECU, and a blacked-out triple-exit Arrow exhaust.
MV Agusta hasn’t introduced pricing for the Superveloce 98 but. However contemplating that Italian pricing for the Superveloce and Superveloce S begins at €23,100 and €27,900 respectively [$24,598 and $27,998 in the US], you possibly can think about.
You’ll want to leap rapidly in order for you one too. MV Agusta is simply producing 300 models, every bearing a numbered laser-engraved plaque—they usually declare that almost all of them are already spoken for by enthusiastic MV Agusta collectors.
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