MV Agusta’s first sports tourer, the hi-tech Turismo Veloce 800, has finally arrived in Australia at $20,499 plus on-road costs as the new importer settles into the market.
BREAKING NEWS: On November 21, 2015, it was named 2Wheels magazine’s Bike of the Year!
Tursimo Veloce, which means “fast touring”,was unveiled in November 2013 and since then Mercedes-AMG has bought 25% of the company and injected funding and technological know-how into the company, so the bike has been substantially updated prior to the official world launch about three months ago.
As the name implies the Turismo Veloce 800 is powered by a 798cc three-cylinder engine with 93kW, dry weight of 207kg and a claimed top speed of 240km/h.
However, the inline 3-cylinder engine now has 80% new components, producing 15% more torque in the most-used rev range than the power unit on the Rivale and Brutale.
Steve Littlehales, Australian sales manager for Urban Moto Imports who have took over as importers in March, says the Turismo Veloce is the first new bike under new Mercedes-AMG ownership.
“We’re very excited about what’s happening with MV,” he says. “You can see the difference in the 2014 and 2015 bikes. For example, the F3 800 now has a different electronics package to last year.
“MV bikes have always been beautiful, but now they have the technology as well thanks to work MV has been doing and with the new ownership it has made their life a lot easier.
“Every bike in the range now has Bosch ABS with rear-wheel lift mitigation, traction control and electronic assisted shift.”
The Turismo Veloce 800 certainly has a long list of hi-tech features including electronic stability control, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, electronically controlled semi-active Turismo Veloce 800 suspension, electronically assisted gear shift for clutchless changes, an engine immobiliser, ABS, and an anti-wheelie system.
The fast tourer features integrated panniers, LED headlamp and taillamp, a compact triple exhaust and single-sided aluminium-alloy swingarm and accessories include panniers, top box, centre stand, heated grips, GPS and more.
Turismo Veloce 800 is available in traditional MV Agusta colours of red and silver or silver and Aviation grey.
Steve says the Turismo Veloce Lusso version with a host of extras will arrive before the end of the year with “very sharp” pricing.
On the Lusso, the MVCSC 2.0 system controls the bike’s Sachs front fork and rear monoshock, with the ECU using MV’s ‘Skyhook’ algorithm to adjust the suspension’s compression and rebound damping on the fly, based on road conditions, speed and other variables.
Steve says Urban Moto Imports is one of the biggest distributors of MV Agusta in the world in terms of proportion to population.
“We’ve far exceeded ours and Italy’s expectations,” he says. “We only became operational with MV in March and we’ve been inundated.
“We’ve taken over the warranty, servicing and parts from the previous importer and the warranty situation is now better than it’s ever been. We are the second country in the world to get the all-new warranty and parts system which gives quicker access to parts.”
Steve says they are still adding dealers to their network which is 80% complete.
The new MV Agusta Stradale 800 has also arrived in Australia at $19,999 and comes in Pearl White over Sand Grey Metallic, Red over Silver and Bronze Metallic over Pearl White.
Urban Moto Imports will launch the exclusive F4 Reparto Corse and Brutale Dragster RR, at the Melbourne Park Hyatt on July 28, 2015, at an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for updates on the model range.