MV Agusta makes some of the most beautiful and best-sounding bikes on the planet. Unfortunately, they are all too rare. That won't change with their latest unveilings: the Brutale 800 RR and Brutale Dragster 800 RR.
The 2015 MV Agusta Brutale RR and 2015 MV Agusta Brutale Dragster 800 RR enter the Italian brand's lineup as an update to the Brutale 800 and bring a host of upgrades. The bikes are nearly identical, with the Dragster getting Kineo spoked wheels, wider rear rubber, a different tail section, and different paint. Early rumors mentioned some sort of launch control but, if it's included, MV Agusta is waiting until the EICMA show to divulge information about it.
The previous iteration of the Brutale's 798cc three-cylinder engine made 125 horsepower at 11,600 rpm and 59.75 foot-pounds of torque at 8,600 rpm, according to MV Agusta's figures. These new versions are said to make 140 horsepower at 13,100 rpm and 63.4 foot-pounds of torque at 10,100 rpm, thanks to a new airbox design, which allowed MV Agusta to include two 50 mm injectors per cylinder, as opposed to the previous model's one. Those are pretty significant gains, given no other changes to the engine, and it will be interesting to see what the butt dyno says with these new RRs making their peak power so much higher in the rev range.
MV Agusta has, until now, saved the RR designation for only its top-component, four-cylinder monsters. So, it's no surprise that these new Brutale 800 RR's are kitted with some pretty impressive options. Suspension is provided by a 43 mm Marzocchi inverted fork, which MV Agusta claims is lighter than the one on the previous Brutale, while also getting a "diamond like coating" to increase strength. Braking is handled by dual 320 mm discs up front, with Brembo four-piston, radially mounted calipers, and a 220 mm single disc in back, with a Brembo two-piston caliper. MV Agusta included its Bosch 9 plus ABS system with RLM (Rear wheel Lift up Mitigation). The Dragster 800 RR and Brutale 800 RR both get a CRC eight-way adjustable steering damper.
Both bikes get MV Agusta's MVICS (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control Systems) 2.0 electronics package, which pairs four engine map settings, one of which is can be customized by the owner, with eight levels of traction control. Version 2.0 of the MVICS package brings EAS 2.0 (Electronically Assisted Shift) quickshifter for both up and down shifts.
I've been a huge fan of both the aesthetics and performance specs (on paper) of MV Agusta's bikes, but they have a bit of a reputation for having a number of issues. There probably isn't a brand I want to see succeed more (excluding the electrics), given that these bikes fall pretty perfectly in my wheelhouse, and I really hope MV has sorted some of the issues by the time we're able to swing a leg over one of these new RRs.