In November 2014, Daimler acquired 25 per cent stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta. The company believes that the customer profiles of Mercedes-Benz and MV Agusta make for a strong cross-marketing partnership which can be shared between the two firms.

Now as part of the partnership, MV Agusta has displayed a special F3 800 motorbike inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2015. The bike gets the AMG Solarbeam Yellow exterior paint, black racing stripes, black colour wheels and badges of both AMG and MV Agusta. The seat gets high quality black leather with yellow stitching.

Talking about the performance, the F3 800 gets a 798-cc three-cylinder inline engine capable of producing 148 bhp at 13,000 rpm and 88 Nm of torque at 10,600 rpm. It weighs just 173 kg and has a top-speed of 269 km/h. The high-performance bike can be tuned to different driving conditions with the help of four engine maps and an eight-stage traction control system.

MV Agusta was founded in 1945 and it heavily dominated the motorsports arena till 1980. However, over the last two decades it has faced several financial troubles. In 2008, Harley-Davidson had announced its intention to buy the company for $109 million, but more than 12 months later, the American company proclaimed that it would divest its interest in MV Agusta. And in 2010, Harley-Davidson sold the company to Claudio Castiglioni and his holding company.


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