Thanks to leaked images, MV has released details of its new Butale 800 Dragster ahead of the EICMA show in Milan. The company also announced the new Brutale 800RR.

The RR badge is said to be reserved for the company’s best four-cylinder machines, but it’s now found its way onto the triple of the Brutale 800 Dragster RR. Capacity is the same as the current model at 798cc with a 79.0mm stroke and 54.3mm bore, but power is up a claimed 15bhp to 140bhp, at a higher 13,100 rpm (the ‘standard’ Dragster peaks at 11,600rpm). MV says that a redesigned air box and optimised, more efficient fuel system, as well as tweaks to the fuel injection (two injectors per cylinder now) result in linear power delivery at low revs, and explosive performance at high revs with “eye-watering” acceleration.



Torque also comes in 1500rpm higher, making 63.5lb-ft at 10,100rpm (a boost of almost 4lb-ft). The engine’s allowed to rev 200rpm faster now, limiting itself to 13,200ropm, and the new bike’s 1kg heavier at 168kg (dry). The engine has a full ride-by-wire Mikuni throttle body, with four rider selectable maps: Sport; Normal; Rain and Custom. Traction control is included, and can be disengaged, as well as a quick shifter and slipper clutch for fast clutchless up- and down-changes.

MV are sticking with the excellent Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres at 12/70-ZR17 and 200/50-ZR17, but they’re now hugging hand-made spoked wheels with alloy rims. MV has left the steel trellis frame untouched, along with the cast aluminium sections, as – the company says – it’s a rigid but lightweight solution.



Front suspension is a pair of lighter upside down Marzocchi forks adjustable for compression, rebound and preload, with a Sachs fully-adjustable shock at the rear. Twin discs are grabbed by four-pot Brembo calipers at the front, along with a single disc and two-pot caliper at the back, all with ABS as standard. An adjustable CRC steering damper is also fitted, and seat height is 811mm.

Top speed is claimed to be 153.1mph, with a price of 16,2690 Euro (£12,870)


Tony Carter

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