Additional photos of this F4 SPR are available here for your perusal.
After MV Agusta was revived in the late ‘90s via the release of the Massimo Tamburini-designed masterpiece that was the F4 750, the elite Italian marque slowly continued developing its new flagship model in the years that followed. The three-quarter liter model culminated with the SPR. On top of updating the F4, MV also unleashed several small batches of elite limited edition variants such as the Senna, Neiman Marcus, and the SPR versions — the last of which was the fastest and most powerful three-quarter-liter F4 until it was eventually replaced by the 1,000cc version after 2004 (plus it was one of the most powerful 750’s money could buy at the time).
At the heart of the SPR was a liquid-cooled, Weber-Marelli fuel-injected, 749.4cc, four-stroke, DOHC, 16V, inline-four with a reinforced clutch and a six-speed close-ratio gearbox. Thanks to some massaging in the form of a new cylinder head, new inlet ducts, revised combustion chamber, and trick MAHLE pistons, the 414 lb SPR generated a very impressive 146 hp, 64 ft-lbs of torque, offered a top speed of over 170 mph, fired off standing quarter mile runs in under 11 seconds, and could rev up to 13,900 rpm.
Further distinguishing the SPR from the F4s that came before it was its bevy of carbon fiber pieces which included a carbon front fender, airbox sidecovers, upper and lower chain guards, and ignition cover. The special edition SPR also boasted a competition-style monoposto seating arrangement. The SPR also afforded its rider three separate final ratio drive setups to cater to different types of circuits, plus MV offered the “RG3” open exhaust system as an add-on, though the SPR did come with a special race-style, four-pipe, undertail, somehow street-legal exhaust.
The SPR’s steel tubular trellis chassis was mated to a set of TIN-treated inverted Marzocchi forks, while its single-sided swing-arm was linked to a Sachs mono-shock — both of which were fully adjustable. Slowing the limited edition MV were six-piston calipers chomping down on a set of drilled 310mm rotors, complimented by a four-pot unit biting a 210mm disc in back. The SPR rolled along on a set of polished “five-star” aluminum wheels, juxtaposed with a matte black livery with grey saddle and red highlights with a silver “SPR” logo adorning the fairing.
Though it’s been two full decades since its initial release, MV Agusta has overall given the F4 remarkably few cosmetic updates over its 20 years of production. After all, there’s been very little need to fix what’s not broken as the F4 has stood the test of time remarkably well — a feat helped along by the fact it happened to be pretty futuristic-looking at the time of release. So much so in fact, that the F4 SPR was featured in the 2004 science-fiction film I, Robot. The film was set in 2034, but the SPR looked right at home among a series of far-out concept vehicles depicted in the Will Smith flick.
Here we’re offering a SPR (VIN: ZCGAGFLJ94V100523) with just 14 miles on the odometer. Obviously it’s spent years on display in a collection, however there are some cosmetic issues that unfortunately came through shipping. Please note scratches on the fairing, bellypan, and tank, all of which are shown in the photo album.
In total, MV only built 300 F4 SPR’s, and upon its release the elite Italian four-banger carried an MSRP of $23,000 (which translates to well-over $30K today with inflation). While every generation and spec of the fabled F4 is beautiful in its own right, there’s something about the top-shelf SPR that’s really special. It’s the finest offering from one of the finest motorcycle companies. Or, as MCN put it, “there are few things in biking more exclusive than an MV Agusta – apart from a limited-edition MV Agusta.”