MV Agusta collaborate with Lewis Hamilton on special LH44 F4 RC

Three Time F1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, and MV Agusta have collaborated to design a brand new bike, the F4 LH44. This partnership follows the success of their first project on the Dragster RR LH.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The newly announced MV Agusta F4 ‘Lewis Hamilton LH44

The F4 LH44 is an offshoot of the F4 RC which is derived directly from the MV Agusta Reparto Corse Superbike, the pinnacle of Italian four-cylinder performance. Hence, the Corsa Corta engine (bore 79 mm, stroke 50.9 mm) with central timing chain and radial valves, which on this version puts out a maximum power of 205 hp (151 kW).

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The MV Agusta F4 LH44 follows on from the Dragster RR LH

The bike comes with a kit that includes a titanium silencer and dedicated control unit, boosting power by 7 hp to 212 hp (158 kW). It also features Lewis Hamilton’s eye-catching Panther logo.

Lewis Hamilton

“I am very excited to continue my partnership with MV Agusta. I love working with Giovanni and the guys at MV Agusta, their passion for engineering and attention to detail produces stunning, original looking bikes. My projects with MV Agusta are a great way to combine my love of riding bikes with my interest in creative design process so I am very much involved with the CRC design team throughout. I am particularly excited to introduce my new bike, the F4 LH44. It looks quite stunning and I had the pleasure of riding on track a few weeks ago in Italy, it feels great and combines the best of both worlds, a race bike for the road! There will be 44 bikes produced so I hope the lucky owners will love it as much as I do”.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The bike will feature Lewis Hamilton’s eye-catching Panther logo

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 Center) workshop where every MV Agusta takes shape. The creative process was long, with attention paid to the bike’s every detail. Each individual idea was assessed and checked in terms of its feasibility, flair and functionality.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Every detail was specially designed for this limited run of 44 models

Thorough analysis and creative comparison have made the F4 LH44 much more than just a custom project: it is, rather, an unprecedented interpretation of the F4.

The first distinctive feature is the colour scheme, the result of close teamwork with Lewis Hamilton. The candy apple red fairing and pearl white chassis makes an elegant impact, enhancing the sensational design of the F4 and highlighting this Italian Superbike Replica’s racing pedigree.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Candy apple paint scheme, with carbon-fibre fairings

This red colouring, one of many unique features on the F4 LH44, is achieved with an exclusive, premium technique that uses ink-based paints as opposed to traditional colour bases. The pearl white that cloaks the TIG-welded hand-built CrMo steel trellis frame was also chosen for the sophisticated detail of the lower front fairing. A touch of dynamism unites the black graphics along the fairing and continues in the sub-fairing and onto the tail section.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The frame is painted in pearl white

With the F4 LH44, the quest for a refined colour scheme extends to the suspension setup that boasts premium suspension components: an Öhlins USD NIX 30 TiN-coated fork – which offers separately adjustable hydraulic response in compression (left tube) and rebound (right tube), plus pre-load – and an Öhlins TTX 36 rear shock with piggyback reservoir, which, again, can be mechanically adjusted.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Öhlins USD NIX 30 TiN-coated forks with black anodised tubes

The colour of the fork and rear shock- the striking black anodized fork outer tubes – are the result of a specific agreement with Öhlins. Let’s not forget that this Swedish company has made gold outer tubes one of its hallmarks. The rear spring and shock reservoir are also black, enhancing the sense of exclusivity.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The rear shock also matches the bike’s colour scheme

The seat, which retains the much-appreciated racing ergonomics seen on the F4 RC, is hand made using top quality materials such as natural leather and Alcantara, a winning combination on a par with the very best automotive craftsmanship.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Handmade seat of natural leather and Alcantara

Colour continues to play a starring role on the engine. All-black, right down to its select, lightweight magnesium alloy parts, it offers at-a-glance panache and a real racing feel. The smoked screen – a first for an F4 production model, further polishes the front end styling. Extensive use of carbon fibre in components such as the main fairing sections makes for a lightweight bike that boasts outstanding visual gusto thanks to an alternating gloss-matt paint pattern, just one of many unique features.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
The smoked screen is an F4 first

Dedicated components include a racing-style fuel cap, forged wheels and unique items such as the rear wheel nut which, on the F4 LH44, has been CNC machined after anodisation.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Machined and anodised rear wheel nut, with forged wheels

Making the MV Agusta F4 LH44 even more exclusive are the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 200/55 ZR 17 at the rear), specifically designed by Pirelli for the 44 edition of the F4 Lewis Hamilton bikes.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP special tyres are also featured

These special-edition Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres stand out for their red sidewalls, which sport the LH44 logo, comprising Hamilton’s initials and race number. Given the exclusiveness of the bike, the tyres just had to be Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SPs, road-approved tyres that offer outstanding racetrack performance.

MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 ‘Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Carbon-fibre rear hugger
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
Dash, racing style fuel cap and steering damper
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
LH44 bike cover
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 ‘Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 ‘Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 'Lewis Hamilton LH44
MV Agusta F4 ‘Lewis Hamilton LH44