MV Agusta RC edi­tions

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Ital­ian pur­vey­ors of ex­otic metal, MV Agusta, have re­leased a whole range of RC mod­els for 2018. The let­ters stand for Reparto Corse, or ‘rac­ing di­vi­sion’, and cel­e­brate the firm’s world ti­tles with the num­ber 37 as part of the liv­ery.

Just 250 of the new F4 RCS will be built, and the firm are yet to con­firm how many pounds the priv­i­lege of own­er­ship will cost, but the promised 202.5bhp shouldn’t dis­ap­point. Those horses are all packed into the 998cc Corsa Corta in­line four, which boasts a cen­tral cam­chain, and ra­dial valves. The swanky race kit that comes with the bike – in a beau­ti­ful wooden pack­ing crate – adds an­other 9bhp to the party – match­ing Du­cati’s new Pani­gale V4 Stradale en­gine.

The F4 isn’t the only one to get some spe­cial treat­ment, with the firm also wav­ing the RC magic wand over the F3 675 and F3 800, as well as the Drag­ster (be­low).

The en­gines in both F3 bikes get a re­designed bal­ance shaft as well as re­vised pri­mary gear­ing, im­prove­ments to the in­take cam pro­files and valves, and the gear­box has had a com­plete over­haul to re­duce shift ef­fort.

Lim­ited to 350 ma­chines for each mod­els, they also come with race kits in­clud­ing an SC Project ti­ta­nium ex­haust sys­tem with a car­bon si­lencer and an ECU loaded with a fuel map, bring­ing the power to 133bhp from 128bhp for the 675 RC and in­creas­ing the power of the 800 RC from 148bhp to 153bhp.

O Power 202.5bhp @ 13,450rpm O Weight 175kg (dry) O Seat height 830mm

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