Using the same retuned three-cylinder 798cc 140bhp engine as the just-announced MV Agusta Brutlae 800 Dragster. Price is £13,980 Euro (£11,045).
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.
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The engine makes 63.5lb-ft at 10,100rpm (a boost of almost 4lb-ft over the non-RR model). 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.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso II tyres are fitted to alloy wheels (none of the Drasgter’s spokes here), with a 120/70-ZR17 front and a 180/50-ZR17 rear.. 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.
While a dry weight of 168kg and wheelbase of 1380mm matches the new Dragster RR, the Brutale RR is 25mm longer, at 2085mm. While the promotional pictures don’t show it, this is no doubt thanks to the large tail and numberplate plastics that’ll hang from the rear of the seat. The press-pack included a couple of pictures admitting to the regulatory attachment. Apparently, the Brutale RR is also 1mm lower at the seat (810mm), which we’re pretty sure could be a deal-breaker for shorter riders!
Both bikes have a 16.6 litre fuel tank, though the Brutale RR has a higher – 160mm – ground clearance, and is 100mm narrower than the Dragster RR at 725mm.