MV Agusta reveals Brutale 1000 RR naked bike


MV Agusta has unveiled next year’s models ahead of the EICMA industry show, starting with the new MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR.

This is MV Agusta’s slightly less pricey version of the 1000 Serie Oro naked bike. We haven’t seen Canadian pricing or availability, but in Europe, the new 1000 RR is priced at €30,000, compared to €42,990 for the Serie Oro. That converts to a costly $44,000 and $63,000.

The difference  between the two bikes? The RR is heavier than the Serie Oro, as it uses forged aluminum wheels and steel bolts, instead of the Serie Oro’s carbon-fibre wheels and titanium bolts. The rest of it is very similar.

The RR uses the same four-cylinder engine that powers the Serie Oro, ripped from the F4 superbike. It’s expected to make 208 hp, with and 86 ft-lb of torque, although some subtle changes from previous versions may make a difference in output. A full electronics package will be standard as well, controlled by an IMU, and a 5-inch TFT screen for user interface. Along with an up/down quickshifter, the electronics package also includes four riding modes, eight-level-adjustable traction control, launch control and all the other usual useful features.

The electro-wizardry carries over to the suspension, with semi-active Ohlins NIX 30 forks and shock. Other techy stuff includes aerodynamic winglets on the radiator (supposed to be effective past 200 km/h), plenty of carbon-fiber bodywork, and a set of cornering lights — most unusual for a naked bike, but a good safety feature. Of course, all the bike’s lighting is LED.

The front brakes use Brembo Stylema calipers, with 320 mm discs. MV Agusta is using the Bosch 9 Plus ABS system for the Brutale 1000 RR.

Despite its “budget” pretensions, this is obviously a very high-end, high-performance, high-priced motorcycle. Will it come to Canada? We’ll have to wait and see — MV Agusta has hardly been tearing up our market lately.

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