Founder: Giovanni Agusta
Founded: 12 February 1945, Samarate
Headquarters: Varese, Italy
MV Agusta (Italian pronunciation: [ˈɛmme ˈvu a.guː.sta], full name: MV AGUSTA Motor S.p.A., original name: Meccanica Verghera Agusta or MV) is a motorcycle manufacturer founded by Count Domenico Agusta on 19 January 1945 as one of the branches of the Agusta aircraft company near Milan in Cascina Costa, Italy.
The abbreviation MV stands for Meccanica (mechanics) Verghera, the hamlet where the first MVs were made. The modern headquarters and main production facilities are located in Varese, Italy on the shore of Lake Varese.
MV Agusta Bikes List
- MV Agusta Brutale 1090
- MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR
- MV Agusta Brutale 675
- MV Agusta Brutale 800
- MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR
- Brutale 920
- MV Agusta Brutale 990R
- MV Agusta F3 675
- MV Agusta F3 800
- MV Agusta F3 800 RC
- MV Agusta F4 ABS
- MV Agusta F4 RC
- MV Agusta F4 RR
- MV Agusta F4 1000 R
MV Agusta Motors Timeline
- 1907 when Count Giovanni Agusta, a Sicilian aristocrat with a passion for flying machines, founded the Agusta aeronautics company. He soon moved to Northern Italy, in Cascina Costa near today’s Malpensa airport.
- 1927 Count Giovanni was died, his widow Countess Giuseppina and son Domenico succeeded him at the helm of the family business. After the war, the aeroplane industry had dramatically declined, and Domenico decided to diversify into motorcycles, yet aeroplanes production was not abandoned.
- 1945 They created the MV “Meccaniche Verghera” brand. The first MV branded motorcycle was officially launched in the autumn of that year.
- 1947 They made a sensation at the Milan Trade Fair, where Agusta also presented its first “luxury” version of the original 98. FRANCO BERTONI MV Agusta’s first racer on the 98 machines and later the 125s. His, and the brand’s first victory came in Carate Brianza, near Milan.
- 1950 The road version of the MV 500 racer made a sensation at the Milan Motorcycle Show. Track success has repercussions on the sales of series motorcycles.
- 1953 sales reached and exceeded the 20,000 mark. The same year the company opened a factory in Spain with a license for export to international markets.
- 1965 was the start of what was probably the most celebrated combination in the history of motorcycle racing: that of Giacomo Agostini and MV Agusta.
- 1976 He made his victorious curtain call with the brand at the Nürburgring.
- 1971 Agostini’s and MV Agusta’s domination of the world’s race tracks lasted well into the 1970’s. After the death of Count Domenico, the company suffered from financial difficulties and internal controversy about what strategy to adopt for the future.
- 1976 the 15-time world champion from Brescia rode an MV 500 for his last victory in a Grand Prix. It was also to be MV Agusta’s last appearance on the highest step of a podium.
- 1992 Claudio Castiglioni’s Cagiva acquired the MV Agusta brand and moved production to its facility on the shores of Lake Varese, in Schiranna, where MV Agusta motorcycles are still produced today.
- 2011 After his premature death, his son Giovanni succeeded him at the helm and continued in the family’s pioneering tradition. He actively sought and developed partnerships with world-class names such as Pirelli and Formula1 champion Lewis Hamilton to further broaden the reach and the appeal of the brand.
- 2019 the Sardarov family acquired 100% of the company’s capital and Timur Sardarov, MV Agusta’s present CEO, was ready to take on a leading role.
- 2020 MV Agusta produced the MV Agusta Superveloce, a retro racer styled motorcycle. It is described by MV Agusta as “a modern interpretation of the iconic stylistic concept of the MV Agusta.
- 2021 MV Agusta Dragster 800 Rosso comes equipped with the same 798cc triple-cylinder engine found on the Brutale 800 and other Dragster 800 models, but with a revised tune for a different power spread. The peak power is now capped at 110 horsepower, with peak torque tuned down to 61.2 lb-ft.