After the major regulations changes in FIM World Supersport Championship, which is now allowing the 800cc to compete alongside the 600cc sports bikes, MV Agusta went back to the drawing board to re-engineer the 2022 MV Agusta F3 RR with competition in mind. The highlights of the update are enhancements in aerodynamics and weight savings. Read on to know what MV Agusta has endowed upon the F3 RR to make it crazier than the already pretty crazy F3 Corsa.
The liquid-cooled three-cylinder 800cc engine of the 2022 F3 RR remains the same with the peak power and torque figures standing at 145bhp at 13,000 rpm and 88Nm at 10,000rpm, mated to a six-speed constant-mesh gearbox. However, when you slap on the optional race kit, that bumps up the power to 153bhp at 13250rpm. The Racing kit makes the F3 more committed thanks to a sweet, sweet-sounding Akrapovic exhaust system with an ECU racing map along with CNC machined fuel tank cap, levers, fibreglass passenger seat cowl and a carbon fibre exhaust cover.
To make the F3 RR a more competent bike on the track MV Agusta has stiffened the frame with the help of new frame plates around the swingarm pivot point. It is suspended on fully-adjustable 43mm Marzocchi USD forks and a fully-adjustable Sachs progressive mono-shock at the rear. To bring the bike to a stop, the F3 RR uses a radially mounted 4-piston Brembo monobloc biting onto double 320mm floating discs up front and at the back, there is a single 220mm steel disc with two-piston Brembo callipers. The race kit sheds up to 8kgs from the F3 RR thanks to the new rear-wheel design, which is now seven per cent lighter, and carbon fibre fairing with neatly integrated winglets. The new aero package makes the F3 more slippery and generates 8kgs of downforce at 241kmph.
In terms of features, the F3 RR comes well kitted as well. It has a 5.5-inch TFT instrument cluster that can be paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth. If connected through the MV Ride App, it enables features such as navigation mirroring and an app-controlled engine. For rider aids, it has Continental MK100 ABS with rear-wheel lift-up mitigation and cornering ABS. It is meant to be a race bike and to that end, it comes with features like launch control to propel itself when the lights go out. But it also has cruise control for when you’re done scraping your CNC rider footpegs.
There is a vacuum being created as the Japanese manufacturer are pulling the plug of the 600cc supersport segment, which once enthralled the motorcyclists and racers. Yamaha discontinued its glorious R6 and the Honda CBR 600RR’s days also seem to be numbered. Now, European manufacturers’ are taking an interest and the launch of the F3 RR designed specifically to participate in the WSS should be a sign of good days to come.