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You wouldn’t usu­ally as­so­ciate an Ital­ian mo­tor­cy­cle brand and a three times Bri­tish F1 World Cham­pion, yet for the sec­ond time MV Agusta have col­lab­o­rated with Lewis Hamil­ton – and they’ve cre­ated some­thing pretty spe­cial…

Lim­ited to just 44 units, the F4 LH44 is based on the MV Agusta F4 RC (the top of the range model in MV’s ar­se­nal) which makes an ab­so­lutely mon­strous 205bhp thanks to the Corsa Corta engine and its snazzy cen­tral tim­ing chain, plus ra­dial valves. This isn’t where the fun stops though; the F4 LH44 comes equipped with a kit that in­cludes a stun­ning ti­ta­nium si­lencer with its own ded­i­cated ECU which will give you an ex­tra 7bhp, bring­ing the grand to­tal of ponies up to 212bhp – har­nessed within the bike’s iconic and stun­ning steel trel­lis frame.

Qual­ity and ex­clu­siv­ity oozes through­out, with Oh­lins USD NIX 30 TiN-coated fully ad­justable forks and an Oh­lins TTX 36 rear shock be­ing the choice of sus­pen­sion – yet not in the tra­di­tional gold, as the forks and shock come in a strik­ing an­odised black fin­ish to achieve the de­sired look of the model’s in­sti­ga­tor and en­forcer, Lewis ‘re­ally quick in a car’ Hamil­ton. And the unique­ness doesn’t stop there as even the Pirelli Su­per­corsa SP tyres it comes on have been given the same ex­tent of be­spoke treat­ment by in­cor­po­rat­ing a red side­wall with the LH44 logo on just to en­sure that full fac­tory fin­ish.

Oh, and if you are lucky enough to own one of these you’ll be sit­ting on top of a hand­made seat, which has been de­signed us­ing top qual­ity nat­u­ral leather and Al­can­tara for the high­est level of er­gonomic com­fort – no one likes a sore botty! To top it all off MV Agusta and Hamil­ton have cho­sen an ab­so­lutely drop-dead gor­geous blacked out colour scheme, thanks to us­ing ink-based paints in­stead of tra­di­tional colour bases. Even the engine has been fin­ished in black, while the screen comes smoked (a first for MV in a pro­duc­tion model). The F4 LH44 comes drenched in car­bon fi­bre good­ies and in­cludes a rac­ing style fuel cap, forged wheels and an un­be­liev­able level of de­tail: even the rear wheel nut has been CNC ma­chined af­ter an­odi­s­a­tion.

Hamil­ton said: “It looks quite stun­ning and I had the plea­sure of rid­ing on track a few weeks ago in Italy; it feels great and com­bines the best of both worlds, a race bike for the road! There will be 44 bikes pro­duced so I hope the lucky own­ers will love it as much as I do.”

The price hasn’t been an­nounced just yet, but we can imag­ine it will re­flect the Gucci na­ture of the MV Agusta F4 LH44. Still, there's no harm in dream­ing, eh?

‘Where are the other two wheels?’

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