12th Aug 2019 eight:00 am
A limited-edition model of an already beautiful machine, the F3 800 RC is correct auto exotica.
If you happen to purchase an MV Agusta F3 800 RC, you’ll obtain your bike and a really particular picket chest. On this goodie field that MV calls the ‘Racing Package’, you’ll discover a bunch of tasty treats – essentially the most particular of them being a titanium and carbon-fibre SC Challenge exhaust system. MV additionally provides a particular energy unit with a distinct map that lets the bike breathe simpler by means of this exhaust and frees up a number of additional horses alongside the way in which. After which you’ve the smaller bits of anodised aluminium jewelry just like the particular levers, race foot pegs and mirror caps for once you need to take away the mirrors. And naturally, the entire bike is wrapped in the exact same livery that MV Agusta makes use of on the World Superbike degree of racing.
Machined foot pegs are a factor of magnificence
Past this, what you get is successfully a typical F3 800 beneath. The chassis is untouched and the engine is identical 798cc, inline three-cylinder magnificence that is without doubt one of the most emotionally charged motors you’ll discover on two wheels. MV engines have all the time been rabidly quick and with a degree of aggression that makes the equal motor from Triumph really feel well mannered and domesticated as compared. The F3 RC isn’t any totally different and it surges ahead with a textured really feel from the engine that manifests within the type of a relentless fizz within the bars and pegs. You understand it’s there, however your thoughts is so occupied with being blown away by the efficiency that you simply couldn’t care much less.
In its inventory kind, this engine belts out 148hp, however the RC package takes that as much as 153, whereas the exhaust concurrently brings the dry weight down from 173kg to 165 – 1kg lower than the magnificent Triumph Road Triple RS. Accompanying the vision-blurring velocity is a fully thrilling scream from the exhaust that borders on the anti-social. In truth, anti-social is the fitting phrase, as a result of there’s a sticker on the exhaust that clearly states it’s for racetrack use solely. After which there’s the auto-blipper. Oh, the auto-blipper – I might write a love poem for this factor, it’s that good. Crisp, clear and completely timed shifts arrive with out fail in both course, accompanied by all kinds of beautiful pop, bangs and burbles from the exhaust. I in all probability shifted about 3 times greater than mandatory within the half-day date I had with this supermodel.
And a supermodel it’s. In the fitting setting, from the dealing with to the slim and tight chassis, it’s downright addictive. The brakes are mighty and the electronics free spirited – dial traction management and ABS all the way down to their decrease settings and the wheels received’t be shy to satisfy the sky below exhausting acceleration or braking. However take the F3 the place it doesn’t need to go and issues get very cranky certainly. Warmth pours out in heavy site visitors, the clutch provides you a forearm exercise from hell and the racy using place, together with the suspension, will beat your decrease again into submission should you don’t hover over the seat by means of bumpy stretches. And for all of the scrumptious design and detailing, there are a few unlucky panel gaps, and the horrible switchgear and primary LCD show really feel utterly misplaced.
However none of this issues. When this bike is in its aspect, it’s nothing wanting a drug. I can’t bear in mind the final time I whooped out in such unadulterated pleasure in my helmet this many occasions on a motorbike; one thing that’s in stark distinction to the opposite huge superbike on this problem. That is the perfect sports activities bike recipe in my thoughts – small, mild, blindingly fast and simply the correct quantity of intimidating. In fact, having one is a distinct matter – solely 400 F3 800 RCs will probably be offered all over the world and simply six will come to India, of which that is one. In fact, there’s additionally the matter that a inventory F3 with a loud exhaust will probably be simply as particular to journey, and name me uncle, however I feel it appears to be like higher with out the shouty graphics, too.
Solely six will make it to India.
The F3 800 RC is the very definition of an Italian unique in the way in which we’ve recognized them to be – gorgeous to have a look at, all-consuming to journey, temperamental to dwell with and with a, erm… less-than-perfect repute for the aftersales expertise. And to not point out the worth – at Rs 21.99 lakh, it’s Rs three lakh greater than the already very costly F3, and almost on par with the range-topping S 1000 RR. However, hey, you would all the time purchase a Honda if these items put you off. As for the six F3 RCs that discover a residence in India, I deeply hope they get to be loved on the street and racetrack. It could look beautiful in a collector’s lounge, however consider me, this bike is much more life-reaffirming to journey.