MV Agusta’s existing 675 sportbikes (shown) will soon have 800cc siblings.
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MV Agusta 800s
While MV Agusta manufacturing staff works flat-out to meet demand for its acclaimed 675cc F3 sportbike and Brutale 675 naked, the firm’s engineers are working overtime developing an upsized, 803cc version of its three-cylinder engine. This torquier triple will power a sportbike and naked set to debut at EICMA this year, along with the all-new R3 Rivale supermotard. This trio of 800cc models is expected to boost MV Agusta’s total production to 12,000 units in 2013, up from 8500 this year.
A Supercharged Bimota?
Italian boutique builder Bimota is developing a supercharged version of the Ducati 1198 Testastretta engine to power a new model called the DB12 Compressore. Bimota is using a helical-rotor supercharger sourced from Australian company Sprintex, and anticipates more than 200 horsepower at the wheel—enough to outperform the 1199 Panigale V-twin engine that Ducati has refused to share with Bimota, wanting to retain exclusive use for at least two years.
Vyrus 987 C3
Speaking of supercharged Bimotas, the Vyrus 987 C3—a limited-production superbike hand-built by former Bimota engineer Ascanio Rodorigo, powered by a supercharged, 211-bhp Ducati V-twin and featuring a version of the hub-center-steered front end originally developed for the Bimota Tesi—is now available in an exclusive, 10th-anniversary edition costing upward of $100,000! The Honda 600-powered 986, is just $40,000.