Though it may be a vintage car show, the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este knows gorgeous bikes when they see one. The exclusive event accorded an honor to the Ducati Hypermotard 950 concept. Another recipient is this MV Agusta Superveloce 800 concept.
It won't be a concept for long as this bike is headed for production starting in 2020. The Superveloce 800 is powered by an 800cc three-cylinder motor that produces 150 PS (148hp). The engine features a counter-rotating crankshaft coupled to a 6-speed gearbox and a trademark triple-tip exhaust system. It tips the scales with a dry weight of just 173 kg thanks to its painted carbon fiber fairing.
The Superveloce 800 also includes a number of advanced technologies, including a TFT dashboard as well as state of the art engine and vehicle control electronics incorporating Ride-by-Wire, multi-maps and traction control.
Perhaps what won the judges over are the classic touches like the leather straps over the tank, circular headlamp and taillamp, or maybe even the red Alcantara seat cushion.
The Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este was held at Cernobbio on Lake Como. It is an annual event, held since 1929, that celebrates the beauty of historic cars and motorcycles. It is among the most exclusive international car and motorbike competitions in the world. The 'Concept Cars and Prototypes' category was introduced in 2002, alongside the categories reserved for historical vehicles to provide a glimpse into the future of automotive and motorcycle design.
“The Superveloce 800’s distinctive styling; a combination of retro elements inspired by the sensual forms and characteristics of the MV Agusta racing motorcycles of the 60s, and visionary styling combined with the latest technologies, have given the basis for develop a provocative design proposal; a design suspended between past and future; perfectly in context for an event where historic coachbuilding meets future concepts," said Adrian Morton, Design Director of MV Agusta/ CRC (Castiglioni Research Center) and responsible for the styling of the Superveloce 800.