When you think of retro-modern, or neo-retro motorcycles, bikes like the Yamaha XSR900 and Honda CB650R come to mind. It’s interesting to note that the whole new-technology-classic-styling exercise has, for the most part, gone down the naked bike route. While cafe racers and scramblers are undeniably hip and cool, retro-styled modern-day supersports are extremely rare. In fact, when it comes to sportbikes, only MV Agusta produces a clear homage to the classic racing machines of the 60s and 70s, and it’s none other than the Superveloce.
The MV Agusta Superveloce is based on the razor sharp F3 800 sportbike. We had the chance to put this bike’s younger sibling, the F3 675, through its paces a while back, and all we can say is that we’re still at a loss for words at just how capable this motorcycle is. That said, the iconic Italian manufacturer has bestowed the Superveloce some notable updates—both inside and out—for the 2021 model year. Let’s take a closer look at the new MV Agusta Superveloce.
At first glance, it’s clear to see that this bike has retained its elegant styling. MV Agusta has retained the classic red and silver color option, but has also added two new color options to the stable. A striking yellow and silver color option, as well as a white and gold colorway accompany the classic red and silver MV Agusta Superveloce, further evoking the bike’s retro-racing spirit. Apart from the new color options, MV Agusta has made some refinements to the already tech-laden engine. Still boasting 798cc of displacement, this inline-three cylinder mill has been updated to meet Euro 5 standards, in the form of new bushings, titanium valves, and DLC-coated valve guides for an overall smoother feel and improved efficiency. The ECU has also been tweaked to keep engine temps at bay, while updated injectors ensure the optimum fuel mixture at all times.
Now, Motostrada, the folks responsible for distributing MV Agusta in the Philippines, have recently unveiled the Superveloce 75 Anniversario. While this ultra-rare, limited-edition Superveloce may be too rare to come by, chances are the updated Superveloce in its standard trim will be more affordable, and slightly easier to come by. For reference, the existing MV Agusta Superveloce is priced at P1,550,000.