During an event commemorating late MV Agusta boss Claudio Castiglioni, his son Giovanni revealed plans for a new superbike platform that will spawn three new models in 2016. Based on a brand new 1,000 cc engine and a new frame, the boutique Italian motorcycle manufacturer reveals its intention to restart an already successful superbike product line.
The annual "Gli amici di Claudio" (The friends of Claudio) event was held last weekend in Varese, Italy, remembering the iconic owner of MV Agusta who passed away unexpectedly in 2011. A three-day celebration of all things MV Agusta, Ducati, Cagiva, Morini and Husqvarna – all companies with which Castiglioni was at times associated – culminated in a revealing speech from his son, Giovanni Castiglioni. Now at the head of MV Agusta himself, Giovanni offered a glimpse of his strategy for the immediate future.
A completely new 1,000 cc four-cylinder engine coupled with an also-new frame will set the basis for a new lineup of models. Debuting in 2016, the first three new motorcycles will be a superbike, a naked bike and a crossover. The latter will probably focus towards the Sport/Adventure Touring specter as expressed by motorcycles like MV's own Turismo Veloce 800, or BMW's S1000XR. After all, we are not accustomed to MV Agusta veering far from paved roads, and any such intention from the Italian company would definitely constitute big news.
Giovanni Castiglioni made no specific mention of a time frame, but if these three new motorcycles are indeed 2016 models as announced, hopefully we should expect to see them debut at EICMA in November.
Source: MV Agusta