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Beauty or Abomination? MV Agusta Reveals F4Z


Although scheduled to be unveiled on September 4, for some unknown reason MV Agusta posted a clear photo of the F4Z on its Twitter account last night, followed by another angle on Instagram this morning. This is the design collaboration with Zagato that we told you about earlier. The photo above is the Twitter posting, the photo immediately below is from MV’s Instagram, and¬†the photo at the bottom is the Photoshop-enhanced version of a teaser we posted last week.


We appreciate it when designers take chances, but we admit to being puzzled by the F4Z on a number of levels. This will be an extremely fast machine with the superbike engine and chassis from the MV Agusta F4, of course, but the ergonomics and wind protection (or lack thereof) don’t seem like a good fit with that power and speed. Those thoughts occur before we even get to the aesthetics.

In the end, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. Share your thoughts below.


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  1. Charlie says:

    Proof yet again that you shouldn’t let car guys design your motorcycle. You’d think they would have learned that lesson after the Ducati 860GT and first version Morbidelli V8. ūüėČ

  2. . Andrew H. says says:

    It is really beautyfull, I owned one small MV Agusta l50 CC Sport bike in I962 and traveled from Kuala Lumpur to and fro Singapore. I really enjoyed the ride.It really come back to Live.

  3. Asphanaut says:

    Somehow it manages to look like it has two back ends

  4. Provologna says:

    Hopefully the Kymco clone will cost less.

  5. Artem says:

    “Starship Troopers”

  6. ken says:

    The headlight reminds me of Bill the Cat from the old comic strip Bloom County. Other than that it looks like a manatee. Zagato was overpaid.

  7. Ron H. says:

    May be better in person, but here… nope.

  8. Spiderwatts says:

    Beautiful! We live in the best of times! Thanks to motorcycledaily for keeping us informed.

  9. viktor92 says:

    For me it’s clear: an ABOMINATION

  10. Cracks me up when folks use the words practical and aerodynamic when talking about motorcycles.

    • Randy D. says:

      So I guess in your mind a MC should never have to be practical transportation? A MC is nothing but a toy to you? I and others use them for long distances on occasions w/many containers of items if needed.

  11. Interesting, think it will look even better over time, like the 999, or the Katana.

  12. cpsseals says:

    Looks like something that Hans Muth would pen if he did something for Suzuki again.

  13. Norm G. says:

    needs more cow bell, again i’ll just leave this here…

  14. Denny says:

    They had super-duper English designer, who they showed off lavishly. Did they dive him boot? This is snail without shack. A hoodlum.

  15. notarollingroadblock says:

    This is confusing. Seeing the black GPZ900 on screen with this thing makes the Kawi look like a cobbled together farm implement. But I love the look of the Kawi, and see nothing to like in the fairing, tank & seat of this thing. Weird. Are you messing with us, Dirck?

  16. Brinskee says:

    if I take my thumb and cover up the ‘windshield’ and the headlight, the body geometry and fairing style looks intriguing. If I don’t, then the proportions just looks all off and the lines don’t work together… somehow. However, I’d much rather own one of these than the abomination the Kawasaki H2 is, some maybe go back to the drawing board and try again?

  17. Mugwump says:

    Someone’s BFA project?

  18. Zuki says:

    I like it. It’s polarizing like the original Katana was. A beauty to my eyes.

  19. The Spaceman says:

    I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

  20. Clyde says:

    Needs whitewall tires…

  21. Morgan says:

    Hand me a bucket.

  22. Austin ZZR 1200 says:

    Looks like an espresso maker

  23. TimC says:

    It’s like a butterface but more like buttereverything

  24. ChrisRR says:

    The shape doesn’t flow at all. The seat design and color are ugly, and the front looks like a disproportionate-sized air shovel – I can’t imagine that it has a low drag coefficient. Other than that it’s a striking looking bike but way below par for MV Agusta.
    Maybe the looks will grow on me but I doubt it, I fancy designs that look like they slice through the air

  25. Jose says:

    This is a company that is on bankruptcy and they come with this thing. You think they will be more cautious on what they do with little cash they have…

  26. Artem says:

    With this looks it will be better electric bike.

  27. Mgood3 says:

    Don’t look at me! I’m hideous

  28. Bob says:

    If beauty or abomination are my choices, I’ll take the latter.

  29. Mick says:

    Kind of a Tupperware street fighter with an anything but graceful tail section.

    I’d lessen the everything visually forward, make a trellis subframe to match the trellis part of the frame, that casting on the frame could go too, then make the seat the same shape as the red part of the plastic.

    I still probably wouldn’t like it. But I wouldn’t like it a whole lot less.

  30. Steven says:

    This is why fat chicks get laid, someone thinks they are skinny.

  31. Gil G says:

    Needs the front end of a Bimota Tesi.

  32. Tom R says:

    What might the buyer profile be like for one of these machines?

  33. Hot Dog says:

    It looks like that one eyed thing that pokes his nose out of the sheets every morning, so I guess I kind of like it.

  34. TunaPete says:

    It’s a thing of beauty… compared to a Confederate Wraith. For some reason, it also brings the old Honda Pacific Coasts to mind.

  35. DucDynasty says:

    Gads! Look away!

  36. Robert H says:

    Never been a fan of bodywork “seemlessly” blending into the tank. Did not care for the original Honda 600 Hurricane for the same reason. JMHO.

  37. skytzo says:

    A prime example of why automobile designers should never design motorcycles. Hideous.

  38. Nigel says:

    Sorry guys, but have you seen how motorcycles look these days? The Yamaha FZ10 would be fine for Transformers, but to see every morning? Kawasaki has lost it completely. RSV4s are incredible, but ugly. This MV really isn’t all that bad.

  39. kjazz says:

    Looks very cool. Very unusual, but elegant. Function…….wouldn’t want to be sitting in the wind at the speed that it’s capable of….but the throttle control is variable.

  40. Robert H says:

    Build around the rims and windscreen. Trash the rest. CHEERS!

  41. beasty says:

    Nice, clean design. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs in real world testing.

  42. Gary says:

    MV needs to kill that design. Kill it with fire.

  43. mickey says:

    I vote abomination

    Looks like a WW2 German rocket plane

  44. Chris says:

    Reminds me of the Lotus motorcycle shown a year or so ago.


  45. jcott says:

    1996 called and wants its concept bike back. Reminiscent of the Suzuki Recursion, but not as well done.

  46. Tank says:

    The GPZ looks better.

  47. Curly says:

    And a plank seat too. Really though it’s beautifully turned out and different as a concept bike should be. Can we really be sure how bad the aero and ergos are until someone rides it?

  48. Tim says:

    Massimo Tamburini is rolling over in his grave.

    • -D says:

      More like throwing up in his grave…
      I wouldn’t park my 748R next to that abomination if you offered to pay the service bill on my bike for the next 10 years.
      Dam that new MV is fugly!

  49. Larry K says:

    Needs Firestones.