In Rosso form Its engine, updated to Euro 5 emissions spec with low-friction coatings, higher-pressure injectors and revised ECU firmware, makes 108kW at 13,000rpm, on a par with the previous F3. It’s also more economical than before as well as pumping out lower emissions.
It drives through a revised clutch and a gearbox equipped with MV’s latest EAS 3.0 up/down quickshifter, an upgrade over last year’s version. A new exhaust, like that on the latest Brutale 800, completes the changes.
As with other 2022 models in the three-cylinder range, the frame is revised with more rigid castings around the swingarm pivot, although weight remains unaltered at 173kg dry. The suspension is carried over from the last version, with Marzocchi forks and a Sachs shock, all fully adjustable, and it’s the same story with the Brembo brake hardware, although the ABS electronics for 2021 come from Continental instead of Bosch. Continental also provides the suite of rider aids, with an improved wheelie control system that now allows the front wheel to lift to a certain extent rather than preventing wheelies altogether. A new 5.5in TFT display replaces the dated-looking LCD of the previous model, and gets all the usual smartphone connectivity for navigation and media controls, as well as a dedicated MV app.
As the Rosso name suggests, the new F3 comes only in red, with the frame, suspension and even cast alloy parts like the footpegs finished in black. It’s a cleaner look than the usual two-tone or graphics-laden option.
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