Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso

Turismo Veloce is the boldest bike ever made by MV Agusta. This time we didn’t take our inspiration from our 75 world titles or our legendary riders to set new speed or power records. We did, however, accept a challenge that was perhaps even more difficult, at least for us who feel at home on the track and are often the first to see the chequered flag flying: to make an MV Agusta touring bike The fact that it is also “Veloce” (fast) is the natural consequence.

Giovanni Castiglioni.

This meant redefining the design priorities: comfort, cargo capacity, smooth operation, low fuel consumption, longer service intervals and everything else a customer looks for in a bike designed for touring. Available in two versions, both share the absolute best technology available today: from the MVCSC (MV Agusta Chassis Stability Control) electronics package to the MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) with inertial platform and the latest generation Bosch ABS. In typical MV Agusta style, we decided to adopt the electronic up&down EAS 2.0 gearbox available on all the engine maps, even on this touring bike. The overall innovation of the design also comes through in the details, such as the Full LED light clusters, the color instrumentation with TFT technology, built-in Bluetooth device to allow up to 9 different devices to be paired, the immobilizer, two USB sockets and two 12V power points. The Lusso (luxury) version takes the technical level of the Turismo 800 even higher with electronically controlled semi-active suspension as standard equipment, as well as heated hand grips, a centre stand and built-in GPS sensor.

The performance of a heavyweight and the weight of a medium size engine, this is the magic of the 800 cc in line three cylinder engine. In the configuration developed for the Turismo Veloce these parameters shifted from the search for maximum power to the search for the most evenly distributed power curve possible, increasing the maximum torque value 20% compared to the sportier versions, obtaining 2100 rpm less. All this thanks to redesigned and appropriately phased driven cam profiles, a new piston, new dedicated intake and exhaust systems and dedicated mapping strategies developed specifically for this bike, all enhanced by the three cylinder split which, as we all know, theorises the ideal engine with bar setting low and medium speeds, accompanied by a thrilling peak speed. This three-cylinder engine has many characteristics which make it a milestone for MV in terms of the technology applied to a standard production bike. The oil and water cooling systems have been built into the engine casting and this is the particular feature of the three-cylinder engine that gives it such an exceptional aesthetic impact and which allows it to blend in perfectly with the flowing lines of the Turismo Veloce. Under the cast and forged aluminium surfaces lies a counter-rotating crankshaft derived directly from MotoGP. This was introduced as standard on the F3 675 and characterises the MV Agusta three-cylinder engine, not to mention the considerable impact it has on riding dynamics by significantly deceasing the effects of inertia when the bike changes direction. The precise application of fluid dynamic and thermodynamic principles, along with advanced electronic engine management systems have permitted specific fuel mapping settings to be designed which ideally suit both Touring and Sport riding modes on the new Turismo Veloce. Among the new features are the hydraulic timing chain tensioner, common to all the MY2015 three-cylinder engines as well as, like on the Stradale, the hydraulically controlled clutch. However, unlike the Stradale, the Turismo Veloce also boasts the mechanical slipper clutch. All of these evolutions allowed service intervals to be increased, now going from 6000 to 15000 km. Spark plug changes and valve adjustment has even gone to 30000 km. Both the battery and the alternator are more powerful, going from 350 to 450W. The exhaust system is also brand new, with a 400 cell catalytic converter.

The frame is unmistakeably MV Agusta – steel tubing at the front set off by aluminium alloy side plates – redesigned to meet the specific requirements of the Turismo Veloce. As a result, it is wider in the middle section and features special plates designed to act as an anchor for the centre stand. The Turismo Veloce makes good use of the rider and passenger saddle support as well as the saddle bags thanks to a lightweight aluminium alloy support system. The suspension system has been developed to ensure maximum comfort when touring and dynamic performance in sports use. On the Turismo Veloce Lusso, the MVCSC 2.0 system, employing Sachs front forks and rear shock absorber, features a sophisticated electronic control system which provides the best possible response to all specific riding conditions by continuously monitoring and changing the hydraulic settings. The ECU includes the inertial platform which supplies vital parameter readings key to the continuous suspension setting changes and employs the Skyhook algorithm. This algorithm was specifically developed by MV Agusta. The system acts on the hydraulic compression and rebound readings when the bike is in motion.