Lewis Hamilton twitter followers were left pondering what he was up to when he tweeted a picture of himself walking towards a motorbike with the message ‘Announcement coming tomorrow…’
And now the announcement is here, it’s a not a career switch to bikes but a special Lewis Hamilton edition of MV Agusta’s F4, aptly named the LH44 – because only 44 are to be made.
This partnership follows the success of their first project - the Dragster RR LH.
The customisation that led to the creation of the F4 LH44 was based on a continuous, direct, dialogue between the British Formula 1 champion and the CRC (Castiglioni Research Centre) workshop where every MV Agusta takes shape.
The limited-edition gets customised special features including a Öhlins shock and upside-down fork in black, instead of the usual gold colour.
The standard F4 under-seat separate silencers are replaced with a titanium four-into-one system, and the power has been increased by a claimed 7hp to 212hp thanks to the new control unit.
The first distinctive feature is the bikes colour scheme, close teamwork with Lewis Hamilton ensured the candy apple red fairing (full carbon-fibre) and pearl white hand-built CrMo steel trellis frame.
MV Agusta say the colours highlight the Italian Superbike Replica’s racing pedigree.
The bike will also feature Hamilton’s eye-catching Panther logo, It also comes with a premium price, expected to be around €50,000 ($79,000).
“I am very excited to continue my partnership with MV Agusta.” Lewis Hamilton
“I love working with Giovanni and the guys at MV Agusta, their passion for engineering and attention to detail produces stunning, original looking bikes.
“I am particularly excited to introduce my new bike, the F4 LH44.”
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