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The Best of the Best 2003: Wheels - MV Agusta F4 Senna

Fluto Shinzawa

With readings that reach an astound-ing 17,000 rpm, the tachometer of the MV Agusta F4 Senna reveals the essence of the Italian bike: power.
The $24,995 motorcycle actually peaks at 14,000 rpm, but few riders would even dare to rev the machine that high. At 7,000 rpm, the 749cc engine screams in full song, powering the 414-pound machine to triple-digit speeds—in low gear. The 138-hp engine gives the MV a top speed of 178 mph and hurtles it from stop to 60 in 3.5 seconds.

In 2002, MV Agusta declared bankruptcy, causing customers to worry that their preordered machines would fail to be completed. But Banca Intesa, a private bank based in Milan, bailed the company out of bankruptcy in January. The transaction aims to ensure that bikes such as the brilliant F4 Senna and future high-speed bikes will continue to be built.

MV Agusta, www.mvagustausa.com

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