Following the initial collaboration between Lewis Hamilton and MV Agusta that resulted in the Brutale-based Dragster RR LH, the three-time F1 champ and the boutique Italian bike brand’s Castiglioni Research Centre (CRC) have teamed up again to produce a second special model – the F4 LH44. With a number of styling and spec changes inspired and suggested by Hamilton, the special edition is limited to just 44 units (Hamilton’s race number) worldwide. Based on the F4 RC, the F4 LH44 features a performance upgrade to the Corsa Corta 4-cylinder engine, with a bespoke ECU and titanium silencer increasing power from 152kW to 158kW. Premium Ohlins suspension is used at both ends, with a USD NIX 30 TiN-coated fork at the front that offers separately-adjustable compression, rebound and pre-load. At the rear, there’s a mechanically-adjusted Ohlins TTX 36 remote reservoir shock.
The fork outer tubes are finished in black, instead of the normal Ohlins gold, while the rear spring and shock reservoir are also in black, part of a specific colour scheme that’s used throughout the F4 LH44. The exclusive colour combination comprises an engine finished entirely in black with the trellis frame in pearl white and the carbon fibre fairing in candy apple red with black graphics. The red, which extends to the tank, uses a special ink-based painting process that results in a more premium finish compared to traditional colour bases, according to MV Agusta.
The subframe and tail are predominantly black, as is the bellypan, with blackout forged alloy wheels continuing the theme, while the smoke-finish screen is a first for an F4 production model. The hand-stitched seat uses a combination of leather and alcantara, with other detail touches including a race-style filler cap and machined rear wheel nut.
Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP tyres (120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 200/55 ZR 17 at the rear) have been designed by Pirelli specifically for this limited edition and feature red sidewalls and the LH44 logo. How many units – if any – of the F4 LH44 are coming to Australia is unconfirmed, as is the price, but if it does, expect a decent premium over the standard F4 RC’s $61,880 pricetag.