Check Out The NEW Laverda SFC / 4 Prototype! Will The Italian Brand Return?
This is the Laverda SFC / 4 prototype – Will Laverda make a comeback?
Updated August 22, 2018
It’s been eleven years since we last heard anything from Laverda – but that might all change thanks to a new model: the Laverda SFC / 4 prototype. If you like Italian exotics, then this definitely worth a look, but even if you don’t, there’s something quite romantic about that glorious marque, and any new players on the racing scene should be made more than welcome.
Before we get too excited, it’s worth mentioning that this is only a prototype, and one that was developed by Piero Laverda and a handful of loyal former Laverda employees. Since the name is owned by Piaggio, until we get an official confirmation from them, we’re going to treat this as nothing more than a flight of fancy, but what if it was a sign of things to come? It would be pretty darn amazing.
The Laverda SFC / 4 was recently unveiled at the Sydney Festival of Speed in Australia at the Sydney Motorsport Park. It might sound like an odd location for an Italian unveiling, but since it was part of a celebration of Italian GP racing, it’s not so surprising. The Laverda SFC / 4 prototype made an appearance and even completed a few laps to keep the public happy.
The Laverda SFC / 4 Prototype: The Details
Not only was the prototype blessed by the engineering skills of one of the Laverda family descendants, and have the pleasure of being worked on by a group of knowledgeable and talented Laverda mechanics, it also had some cool features worked into the design. The Laverda SFC / 4 prototype is based around a classically Italian, 90’s era air-cooled, 688cc twin cylinder unit, for absolute historical authenticity. It has also been complimented with an essential tubular steel truss frame, complete with a racy orange and black paint job. It looks the part, but what’s the point of it?
Well, the man himself, Piero Laverda explained that their goal was: “To re-establish the brand and to be able to sell some bikes at a relatively affordable price is our goal. The machine we brought to Australia is therefore not set to remain unique; we’re planning dozens of pieces, either in the form of completely new motorcycles or in the form of part-cycle kits.”
It’s interesting how he phrased that. Since we have no confirmation from Piaggio that a Laverda revival is on the cards, perhaps this little stunt is to showcase the brand in a way that might entice entrepreneurs to buy the Laverda name and put it back into production? There are plenty of brands making a comeback at the moment, so it’s not impossible. BSA, Brough Superior, you name it, it’s coming back. Perhaps Laverda will be next on the list?