Italian bike manufacturer MV Agusta has recently launched a fine exclusive “gift” for one wealthy Japanese businessman with an insatiable appetite for the finer things, especially grand two-wheeled road machines. This bike is exclusive in that it’s the first MV Agusta F4Z motorcycle to have ever been built, and the first ever to be designed by Zagato!
With legendary bike designer Massimo Tamburini having passed on in 2014, a large vacuum was created in the Italian bike designer market, making MV Agusta to seek his services from other players. This is where Milan-based coachbuilder, Zagato, came in for a special edition one-off motorbike design job to come up with the brilliant F4Z, a motorcycle that looks like none other in the world.
Although Zagato has designed some of the most impeccable automobiles cruising on our roads today -- including the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial, the DB7 Zagato, a number of Alfa Romeos, several Aston Martins, as well as Lancia -- this is the first time they’ve done a motorbike. Given that not-so- few auto designers have failed miserably when they decided to put their hands on a bike’s design, it’s a bit of a surprise that Zagato’s design of the MV Agusta has come out so unique and flawless. I’m sure you recall how Pinifarina faired with their Morbidelli V8 design, right?
But there are still those who don’t think the MV Agusta F4Z is all that beautiful, pointing out that Zagato isn’t a company that’s well known for designing “nice” things. They’ve described the bike as quite mean, low and hunkered-down a bit too much.
The bike, which is based on the regular MV Agusta F4, has been built using aluminium and carbonfibre. It consists of a relatively lower number of larger panels, something which distinguishes it from the more mundane, mass-produced bikes. While the MV Agusta F4 has its inline-4 engine, suspension and chassis all as stock items, its intake manifolds, exhaust system and fuel tank are all bespoke.
The MV Agusta F4Z was revealed to the world during the 3rd International Concours d’Elegance’s Chantilly Arts & Elegance. The rich Japanese national for whom the F4Z was built is also a renowned collector of Zagato cars and Italy-built bikes.
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