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AMG Goodness with GT S and MV Agusta F3 800 in One Place
The F3 800 AMG is probably the first palpable outcome of the tie-up between MV Agusta and Mercedes-Benz. Even though the bike doesn't share any high-performance prowess from Mercedes' top-of-the-line AMG brand, simply associating the two names makes things look awesome.
MV Agusta's special edition F3 800 AMG is not a production model, and so far, we suspect it is only a show bike. This means a one-off sport bike that can only be met in the flesh at automotive and motorcycle shows.
We stumbled upon it at the MV Agusta booth at EICMA 2015 in Milan. Its golden livery was easy to spot in the sea of white and red MV Agusta models, so we took the time to shoot several photos of both the bike and the AMG GT S that inspired it.
Even if we like bikes, we just have to admit that the AMG GT S looks way better than the F3 800. While the machine is surely fun and can provide quite a thrill when ridden hard, it simply cannot compete with the GT S in the "cool" competition.
A 510 hp 4.0-liter car sounds fun, to say the least
The F3 800 only shares the visual vibe of the AMG GT S, and none of the technological development, so it's a bit of comparing apples to oranges, maybe.
The biturbo GT S packs 510 horsepower and comes with a 4.0-liter (3,982cc for the sake of precision), with a torque of 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) at 4,750 rpm. The top speed of the AMG is limited at 310 km/h (192 mph), but it looks like it can also do better if "unlocked." The tech spec sheet of the F3 800 reads 269 km/h (167 mph) as top speed, by the way.
Especially when it comes to the top highway speed, the AMG benefits from a 7-step DCT gearbox, compared to the traditional 6-speed transmission of the Solar Beam, for this is the name of the AMG-themed bike.
All in all, the two are not competing, but are rather complementary. It would be neat to see MV Agusta offering a discount for AMG GT S customers who also want a bike.
What is more important, however, is that Mercedes will just leave MV Agusta be and see to its own future. No infringement from the German manufacturer was ever intended, MV Agusta sources say, so the bikes arriving from the house of Schiranna will be as authentic as ever, the same true Italian sport machines. Enjoy the photos!