MV Agusta F4 Tamburini Review – Ultimate MotorCycling

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MV Agusta F4 Tamburini | Review

Moto Masterpiece

Fire up the radial-valve 998cc 4-cylinder motor of the MV Agusta F4 Tamburini (MT4), and you will know that this masterpiece of design, bristling with technological innovation, must be Italian. An elegant appearance, beautifully proportioned styling, exquisite detailing and a bright splash of racing red paint layered across a dark carbon landscape of slash-cut bodywork all suggest the MT4′s country of origin.

But it is the sound the bike makes that is unmistakably Italian, a whispered prelude from the quartet of exhaust silencers that will soon sing as you play the gearbox and reach for the revs.

As you begin to enjoy the peerless handling of the MT4, another sound will grab your attention: the music emanating from the airbox housing—what MV Agusta refers to as Il Brevetto (The Patent), the bike’s unique, trademarked, variable-length intake system (TSS) that creates a muscular growl varying in intensity and volume depending on how hard you manipulate the throttle. You will catch yourself changing gears more often than strictly necessary simply as an excuse to hear that meaty murmur at its most intense.

MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini

The aural experience transforms again as you slow down, the MT4 changing its tune to a distinctive staccato stutter from the engine as the EBS digital antilock system makes its mark on the overrun from around 7,000 rpm, removing any rear wheel chatter. It works, too, even if its dynamics make themselves known by what they do not do rather than by what they do.

So there is no rear wheel hop—even if you get overenthusiastic with the engine braking—and an absence of two-stroke style freewheeling into the apex; it creates the sense that the impressively mapped Marelli Electronic Computer Unit (ECU), rather than you, is riding the bike. The MT4 simply tells you what it is doing as the action unfolds. Very Latin.

The MT4 delivers the best of all possible worlds in a street bike context. Working in conjunction with the ECU, the TSS allows you to crack the throttle wide open at little more than idle speed without any transmission snatch and enjoy a completely linear and strong drive of power all the way to the 13,000 rpm rev limiter.

In practice, though, you won’t go anywhere near that mark in real-world riding because, with the more radical cams now fitted to the engine, acceleration comes on in such a vivid rush that you will find yourself short-shifting around 10,000 rpm and riding the torque curve to maintain forward momentum in thrilling, irresistible style. And considering that at 6,500 rpm—halfway to redline—you’re already doing 100 mph, it becomes apparent that this is one fast motorcycle, one which has been speed-trapped in homologation tests at just over 190 mph.

MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini
MV Agusta F4 1000 Tamburini


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