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MV Agusta Elephant – New adventure tourer in the making?

Nizam Shaikh
Written by Nizam Shaikh

Italian premium motorcycle brand MV Agusta has filed to register a new trademark called ‘Elephant’. The new trademark could be for a new upcoming product from the brand. Any detail on the new model is unavailable at the moment but speculations are that the brand is likely to revive the ‘Cagiva Elefant’. 

CAstiglioni GIovanni from VArese, Italy known as ‘Cagiva’ is MV Agusta’s subsidiary brand was rumoured to make a comeback soon and MV Agusta may be planning to introduce a full-fledged enduro capable Adventure motorcycle built using the Elefant’s design cues which will compete with the Ducati Multistrada, Triumph Tiger, KTM Adventure, and BMW Motorrad Adventure series motorcycles. 

Currently, MV Agusta offers the Turismo Veloce 800 in the sports touring category and the Turismo Veloce is powered by a 798cc Three-cylinder 4-stroke 12-valve DOHC engine with liquid and oil cooling via separate heat exchangers. The motor is capable of producing 110 hp of power and 80 Nm of torque mated to a cassette type 6-speed constant mesh gearbox with MV EAS 2.1 (Electronically Assisted Shift up/down) and a hydraulically operated wet multi-plate clutch. The Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS and RC SCS variants offer a ‘Smart Clutch System’, a hydraulically actuated automatic clutch system which offers the rider a choice of manual and automatic clutch operation.

This engine could underpin the new adventure motorcycle but is likely to offer features like full LED lighting, longer travel suspension, off-road friendly cross-spoke wheels with tubeless dual-sport tyres, engine guard, flat seats, colour TFT display with built-in navigation and connectivity features, adjustable windscreen, knuckle protectors etc.

The new product from MV Agusta is not likely to reveal itself by at least another year or year and a half until then ‘fingers crossed’.

 

Back in its day the Cagiva Elefant 750 came with a 45mm telescopic front fork, adjustable monoshock rear suspension, spoke rims and was powered by a 748cc air/oil-cooled 4-stroke with 2-valve Desmodromic system 90-degree V-Twin SOHC engine that produced 59 hp of power and 64 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.