MV Agusta F4 Brutale & F4SPR make Australian debut


July 17, 2003

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MV Agusta 's exotic F4 Brutale S naked motorcycle and the high-performance F4 SPR model will be displayed to the Australian public for the first time in Brisbane on Sunday July 20.

Both machines from the famous Italian manufacturer will be unveiled at the Club Laverda Story Bridge Concourse by the Gold Coast-based Paul Feeney Group, the Australian distributors for MV Agusta and Cagiva motorcycles.

Group Managing Director Paul Feeney said one Brutale S and one SPR were being air-freighted from MV Agusta's factory at Varese in Italy this week for display at the concourse, which is being held under the Story Bridge from 10am.

He said the display would focus attention on the MV Agusta machines before the first shipments of Brutale S and SPR models arrived in Australia for sale later this year from Italy.

"We're expecting the first batch of Brutale S models in Australia around September, and some more the following month," he said. "The SPRs should be arriving here in late August."

"There has been huge interest in both bikes and this is a good opportunity to show them off in Australia for the first time."

Recommended retail prices will be AUD$24,990 (plus on road costs) for the Brutale S, and AUD$42,000 (plus on-road costs) for the SPR.

The Brutale S has a four-cylinder, four-stroke 750cc EVO3 engine which generates 93.4kW at 12,500-rpm, and has 77.47 (Nm) maximum torque at 10,500-rpm. Suspension features include Showa telescopic hydraulic forks, and a Sachs shock absorber, and the machine is equipped with Nissin brakes.

"I went for a ride on the Brutale S on a recent trip to Italy, and I've got to say it's one of the best bikes I've been on," said Feeney. "It's got everything you would expect from a naked bike - comfort, balance, good braking and steering, plus the quality and finishing that are pure MV Agusta."

The SPR is a modified version of MV Agusta's highly-acclaimed F4S road bike. The 750cc four-cylinder, four-stroke 750cc engine on the SPR generates 107kW at the crankshaft at 13,000-rpm, an increase of 6.6kW over the F4S model.

Front suspension on the SPR includes Marzocchi forks embellished with titanium nitride treatment, and the rear suspension has a Sachs racing shock-absorber. The SPR is also 3kg lighter than the F4S. Fairing materials are thermoplastic and carbon fibre.

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