MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 combines technology, style and performance – Roadracing World Magazine

THE NEW MV AGUSTA SUPERVELOCE 1000 SERIES ORO

A legend born of racing success. The magic of a truly unique story. Excellent design that has redefined contemporary motorcycle style. All of this comes together today in the new MV Agusta Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro.

MV Agusta's Superveloce 1000 Series Oro.  Image courtesy of MV Agusta.
MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Series Oro. Image courtesy of MV Agusta.

An exclusive limited series, each hand-assembled and numbered, with a certificate of authenticity and complete racing equipment. The Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro stands alongside the hugely popular Superveloce 800, godfather of the MV Agusta neo-retro lines. This is a significant technical and stylistic evolution of the 800, driven by research and development using CFD (Computer Fluid Dynamics) and other cutting-edge technology, primarily focusing on important advances in aerodynamics.

MV Agusta's Superveloce 1000 Series Oro.  Image courtesy of MV Agusta.
MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Series Oro. Image courtesy of MV Agusta.

Research and Development Manager Brian Gillen: “With the Superveloce 800 we created the neo-retro supersport category. We have now gone even further, expanding the range and creating a hypersport bike with a neo-retro style. We’ve drawn on our history as a technological pioneer, but the Superveloce 1000 Series Oro goes far beyond a look back in time. The application of the technology is not only focused on the bike itself, but on the entire manufacturing process: from design and development tools to industrialization. Technology features throughout the process, from start to finish: 3D scanning, computational fluid dynamics, 3D modeling and virtualization. An example is our analysis of carbon fiber production processes and the selection of multiple construction technologies, both hand laminated and forged, based on real usage requirements. They have specific properties that we can use, such as: B. the reduced thickness and multi-directional resistance of forged carbon fibers. Technology, not just for the component itself, but for the entire process. We were able to use new technologies that just a few years ago would have been considered futuristic, and with which we have explored the relationship between style and technology.”

MV Agusta's Superveloce 1000 Series Oro.  Image courtesy of MV Agusta.
MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Series Oro. Image courtesy of MV Agusta.

Based on the Brutale 1000 RR platform, the Superveloce adopts the frame, the single-sided swingarm and of course the four-cylinder in-line engine. The bike is proudly inspired by the legendary MV Agustas that compete in the World Championship, particularly the MV 500 model that debuted the first aerodynamic wings in Grand Prix racing 50 years ago, in 1972. In fact, MV Agusta has always been a pioneer in using aerodynamic elements at the front of the bike.

A 1970's MV Agusta Grand Prix racing bike with aerodynamic winglets.  Photo courtesy of MV Agusta.
A 1970’s MV Agusta Grand Prix racing bike with aerodynamic winglets. Photo courtesy of MV Agusta.

Today, this technical and stylistic choice evolves and is consolidated with an almost futuristic design. At the same time, retro features make the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro a conceptual successor to the racing bikes of the ’60s and ’70s, underscoring the Italian brand’s tradition of technological advancement.

The Superveloce 1000 Series Oro has many features that combine to celebrate the full integration of aerodynamics with style and design. One example is the carbon fiber front disc brake covers, which offer a striking aesthetic reminiscent of vintage drum brakes, but also serve to cool the calipers. In addition, air flows around the brake and is then directed to the water and oil cooler, which promotes cooling. Along the fairings, air outlets positioned further out and lower have additional elements in relation to the main unit: this generates downforce on the front wheel and creates a vacuum behind the oil cooler, which accelerates the exit of warm air from the radiator. There is a clear dual aerodynamics and thermodynamics Purpose: form and function. 39.2 kg of downforce are generated at 320 km/h through precise aerodynamic design. Development work on airflow has optimized oil temperature and increased engine efficiency.

MV Agusta's Superveloce 1000 Series Oro.  Image courtesy of MV Agusta.
MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Series Oro. Image courtesy of MV Agusta.

The development activities in the field of computational fluid dynamics are even more evident in the design of the main wing surface, which extends over the entire width of the front part, except for a small area under the front headlight assembly. The wing looks fully integrated, unlike many cases where it seems out of place. Here it contributes to the design and character of the motorcycle. In this sense, the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro clearly stands out from competitors who take an essentially function-only approach and compromise on stylistic development (form).

Stephane Zache, Design Lead for the Superveloce 1000 Series Oro, with the CRC team: “As a designer I can confirm that there are mechanical and aerodynamic parts that are technically extremely functional but have very little style like many MotoGP components. On our Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, the wings are effective but also have strong stylistic value. Form follows function and the result is extremely successful in terms of design. We have revised the concept of the wings, taking inspiration from Formula 1, particularly given the need to keep the airflow as close as possible to the bike. Consequently, we worked on the airflow to “clean it up” and achieve a better drag coefficient. MotoGP is all about generating downforce. We also wanted to eliminate rider issues caused by airflow. And at the same time achieve a stylistic result consistent with MV Agusta excellence.”

MV Agusta's Superveloce 1000 Series Oro.  Image courtesy of MV Agusta.
MV Agusta’s Superveloce 1000 Series Oro. Image courtesy of MV Agusta.

All elements of the body are made of carbon fiber, except for the fuel tank, which is made of thermoplastic resin. A total of 40 carbon fiber elements allow the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro to hit the mark both in terms of aesthetics and weight: a further refinement for a truly unique model.

engine and electronics

The power and torque values ​​are really impressive: 208 hp at 13,000 rpm (212 hp with racing kit) and 116.5 Nm at 11,000 rpm. The latest evolution of the Brutale 1000 RR’s in-line 4-cylinder 998cc engine features a countershaft that rotates at twice the speed of the primary driveshaft. The goal? To eliminate high-frequency vibration and enable easier and faster cornering. This technical solution has a significant impact on the handling and responsiveness of the bike and increases at higher revs, reducing vibrations by 54% at 14,000 rpm.

For the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, MV Agusta has developed a package that covers all the features of the feature-rich standard electronic setup, starting with the mapping of the ECU control unit, defined according to the specific characteristics of the model. The adaptation of the MV EAS 3.0 electronic gearbox (Electronically Assisted Shift Up & Down) has been adapted on the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro, as have the adaptations of the ABS Cornering Continental MK100 system with RLM (Real Wheel Lift-up Mitigation). Switchable traction control has eight levels, while wheelie control uses data collected from the inertial platform.

While the high-performance engine, suspension and frame are carried over from the Brutale 1000 RR, the weight distribution on the Superveloce 1000 is different. The suspension is of the highest quality and features front Öhlins Nix EC forks with TiN coating, fully adjustable and with electronic compression and rebound management. The spring preload is adjusted manually. The single shock absorber is also an electronically controlled Öhlins model (EC TTX). Connected to the aluminum single-sided swingarm Light metal with a height-adjustable pin (+/- 4 mm), this guarantees a suspension travel of 120 mm. The Öhlins steering damper also features electronic adjustment that can be integrated with the manual control. The exceptional braking system consists of Brembo Stylema monobloc radial calipers and 320mm discs at the front and a 220mm steel disc and two-piston caliper at the rear.

Designed exclusively by CRC for the Superveloce 1000 Series Oro, the forged aluminum alloy rims feature the integration of various construction techniques with a five-spoke design. Of course, the entire exhaust system is unique, featuring the iconic four-outlet setup hailed from the first, unforgettable F4. The exhaust that comes with the bike was made out of titanium in collaboration with Arrow. It is certified and impresses with its particularly eye-catching color scheme.

The instrumentation is built around the large 5.5-inch TFT color display and all primary functions have been updated with dedicated graphics for 2023. The impressive multifunctional backlit electronic controls remain, as does the MV Ride App, which allows smartphone control of the electronics and motor. Connectivity, including mobile connection, navigation, recording of itineraries and transmission of ride data, is one of the true strengths of the motorcycle-rider interface: it is constantly evolving at the service of the user.

ergonomics

The evolution towards hypersport design for the Superveloce 1000 Serie Oro has a very original approach that goes far beyond aerodynamic research. In particular, the seating position is not extreme, but designed to guarantee rider comfort equivalent to that of a motorcycle in a less sporty class. The half handlebar sits higher and further back compared to a standard Supersport position. The footpegs are height adjustable for highly customizable triangulation with handlebars and saddle. The suspension, with special calibration and electronic control, is another feature that makes the bike design less extreme than the futuristic lines and undeniably hyper-sporty design of the Superveloce 1000 Series Oro might suggest.

Oro series, a success story

The first Series Oro was of course the F4 750 launched in 1997 and it was immediately one of the most sought after models by motorcycle collectors around the world. The Brutale 750 Series Oro, on the other hand, dates back to 2002 and, like the F4, was immediately recognizable by the many golden magnesium alloy components: frame plates, forks and wheels with a star design. It was ten years before the next Oro series, the F3 675, introduced the three-cylinder engine and ushered in a new, exciting direction for MV Agusta supersport bikes. There were two models for 2019: the Superveloce 800 Series Oro, with its classic minimalist design, and the Brutale 1000 Series Oro, packed with high-quality technical components and an angular, muscular design.

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