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.
Exclusive show bike from MV Agusta featuring Mercedes-AMG GT colour concept
The ideal accompaniment to the Mercedes-AMG GT
Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta are strengthening their partnership ties with a jointly designed show bike. The spectacular MV Agusta F3 800 is painted in the exclusive colour “AMG solarbeam” and as such adopts the colour concept of the Mercedes-AMG GT. Black wheels, further black highlights and the AMG logo on the sides of the trim equally underscore the close ties with the sports car and performance brand of Mercedes-Benz.
The stuff of performance enthusiasts’ dreams: a thoroughbred sports car and high-quality sports bike featuring a complementary look. Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta have made this dream come true by presenting a highly dynamic pairing at the 2015 IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Alongside the Mercedes-AMG GT, the MV Agusta F3 800 show bike gleams in an identical look – in the exclusive AMG paint finish “solarbeam”. This aesthetically and technically impressive vision of the matching look on two and four wheels visualises the passion which the two brands have for motorsports and for combining aspects of technology, performance and design to achieve perfection. To this effect, the partnership between Mercedes-AMG and MV Agusta is set to continue after the IAA show in Frankfurt under the joint brand claim “Beyond Adrenaline”.
In technical terms, the MV Agusta F3 800 “inspired by AMG GT” corresponds to the series production model: the three-litre in-line engine generates an output of 108.8 kW (148 hp) from a displacement of 798 cc. The high-performance bike can be individually tuned to different driving conditions with the aid of four engine maps and eight-stage traction control. The sports bike and sports car therefore also share common ground in terms of their technological approaches. In the case of the Mercedes-AMG GT, the driver has access to five transmission modes as well as additional individual adjustment parameters for the suspension, exhaust system or even the ESP® system.