When the MV Agusta F4Z, with coachwork by Milan design house Zagato, was unveiled at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance show in France, the effect was polarising. Many loved the design by Zagato Atelier, but equally as many hated it.

Commissioned by a young Japanese collector who has a penchant for cars designed by Zagato, and is also an aficionado of Italian motorcycles, The F4Z uses the rolling stock of an MV Agusta F4 but uses aluminium and carbon-fibre for the bodywork.

Changes were , of course, necessary for some components, and all new designs were needed for the intake manifolds, fuel tank, battery, and exhaust system. According to the client’s design brief, Zagato was told that he “didn’t want anything modern or fashionable, but something that wouldn’t lose its value or its appeal.”

With a tradition of coach-building going back to 1919, Zagato’s design for the F4Z showcases large, bold panels with swoopy curves, a departure from MV Agusta‘s current design ethos of sharp, angular panels. The paitnwork is a classic combination of burgundy red and silver, with a single-seater tailpiece covered entirely in leather.

At Chantilly, the MV Agusta F4Z won the Special Jury Prize, and the crowd was given a rolling demonstration of this very Italian special build. The F4Z was ridden by Babila of Ride as you are, wearing a bespoke Dainese D-Air Racing Mugello F3 suit, Dainese Torque D1 boots, and AGV Pista helmet.