The banks of Lake Como have played host to the world’s finest automobiles since 1929, with the annual Concorso d’Eleganza held at Villa d’Este. Motorcycles have formed part of the event too for the past nine years, with some of the world’s rarest and oldest two-wheelers on display.
But the Concorso d’Eleganza is not just for immaculately restored classics—there’s a class for modern concepts too. This year, MV Agusta brought their stunning Superveloce 800 concept, and walked away with an award. It was the concept bike’s second outing since its launch at EICMA last year, and brought with it some good news: the Superveloce 800 is going into production.
MV Agusta’s design director, and the man responsible for the Superveloce’s styling, had this to say: “It was a huge honour to receive an official request from the organisers of such an incredibly unique event. To win the award within the Concept Class is a huge satisfaction that is a reflection of the dedication, passion and energy we dedicate to every motorcycle.”
The MV Agusta Superveloce 800 ‘Series Oro’ (translated as ‘gold series’) will most likely go into production in the first half of 2020, in limited numbers. And we do mean limited; only 300 are being shipped worldwide in the first run, with only two coming to South Africa.
The Superveloce’s design taps into MV Agusta’s rich heritage in motorcycle racing, taking cues from the highly successful race bikes they fielded in the 60s and 70s. Of those bikes, none is as iconic as the MV Agusta Three. Piloted by the legendary Giacomo Agostini, the 500 Three enjoyed a seven-year Grand Prix championship winning streak in the 500 cc class.
There’s a lot of the 500 Three’s DNA in the Superveloce. Just like the vintage racer, the Superveloce is powered by a three-cylinder motor—except this one’s packing 798 cc and makes 148 hp.
The Superveloce also wears the same livery as MV Agusta’s classic race bikes: red up top, with silver down below. There’s a hint of yellow in the headlight and windscreen, mimicking the yellow ovals that race numbers used to sit on.
And there’s just enough of a red trellis frame poking out from behind the Superveloce’s carbon fibre fairing.
The hits continue with an elegant leather tank strap, a set of drool-worthy Kineo tubeless spoked wheels, and a three-into-one-into-three exhaust system from SC Project. And just like the 500 Three, the Superveloce has one silencer running on one side, and two on the other.
But for all its nods to the past, the Superveloce is a thoroughly modern motorcycle. The lighting is all LED, and the dash is a swanky TFT affair. MV Agusta say they’ve borrowed the “chassis architecture, engine and braking system” from the F3 800, with a few improvements. So expect the Superveloce to go as good as it looks.
MV Agusta also say they’ve combined “the style of the past with the technology of the present to produce the motorcycle of the future.” Whether you buy the marketing hype or not, there’s no denying the Superveloce is mighty alluring and highly desirable.
There’s no word on how close the final production bike will be to the concept, but we’re betting it won’t be far off. At least, we’re hoping so. You’d better have deep pockets if you want to put one in the garage though—early reports put the price of the top-spec model at R 499 000.
That’s a serious gut punch, but honestly, we don’t think MV Agusta are going to have any trouble selling it. Because, well…just look at it.
MV Agusta is preparing a sales list and it can be confirmed that South Africa will receive a very limited number of MV Agusta Superveloce units. Interested parties should contact Berto Santos at [email protected] as soon as possible to place their order.