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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

MV has now positioned the Brutale 675 as the entry-level bike in the range with the bigger, four-cylinder 1090R and 1090RRs capping the range. The Brutale 800 now occupies a gap in the middle. This is not a bike for novices; the power-to-weight ratio makes for some seriously impressive performance. The engine is a dominant part of the package and has grunt in any gear with soaring revs on tap too. Getting this bike on some UK roads with some of the rivals is the only way this bike is going to show the full potential but it's lovely to see some non-typical engine capacities being made available. This is the best Brutale to date regardless of the number of cylinders or capacity. There were tiny issues with throttle jerkiness at low throttle applications but nothing major.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

This 798cc, double overhead cam, inline three-cylinder engine was originally designed to be the first triple to come from the modern MV Agusta factory but the boss, the late Claudio Castiglioni who decided the 675cc engine was of greater market importance and demanded the F3 supersport and Brutale 675 were sorted first. This meant it was a bigger job to make the 675cc version than increasing the stroke to make the 798cc motor. To make this engine MV Agusta managed to keep changes to just four elements: new pistons, conrods, crankshaft and an extra disc in the (non slipper) clutch. Everything else, including parts like the injectors are the same as the 675. The result is a performance powerhouse that combines revs with grunt in any gear.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The suspension is the nice side of firm but with the test only happening on smooth French roads it was impossible to know precisely how this will translate to scabby British roads. The lightness of the bike, combined with the power may be a little lively on British roads too. There is no steering damper as standard so it will be interesting to find out how this slightly light steering feel translates to bumpy British roads.
With a little bit more familiarity the pace increased but always with the patchy road conditions in mind. Tipping into some longer corners showed off the stability of the handling. Even when corners tightened up there was plenty of scope for the bike to just be leant over further.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Brutale 800 is the most advanced in the class with ride-by-wire throttle, four riding modes, eight level traction control and specced with really high end Marzocchi and Sachs fully adjustable suspension front and rear. Brembo radial brakes and good finish make this a well kitted out machine.

MV Agusta Brutale 800 (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,999
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Engine size 798 cc
Power 125 bhp
Top speed mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The build quality of the launch bikes was top notch and there were no problems with reliability. It’s going to be a while before any of these issues arise and the lack of MV Agusta dealers is going to be one of the biggest hurdles to ownership in the UK. This is something the firm is working hard to improve right now. MVs are not renowned for peerless reliability and certainly aren’t up to Japanese standards yet.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

At £9000 this is not a cheap bike but when compared to some of the much less inspiring and much lower specification Japanese bikes then it does look reasonably good value. When you look at the likes of a Yamaha FZ1 which costs north of £10,000 and the Honda CB1000R costs just under £10k then the Brutale looks good.

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Model History

2012: Brutale 675 introduced

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 125 bhp
Max torque 59.7 ft-lb
Weight 189 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 16.6 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 798 cc
Engine specification 12v inline three-cylinder, water-cooled, six gears
Frame Steel trellis with aluminium twin plate rear section
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable for compression, rebound and preload
Front brakes 320mm twin disc
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55/17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 5(2 reviews)

  • 800 Brutale

    adtup

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've had my 800 Brutale from new and clocked up 1200 very enjoyable miles this summer. My mate also bought 1 the same time as me. The fueling is perfect on both bikes with Torque you wouldn't believe, its light and the handling & brakes are razor sharp. I have the traction control set at 3 which seems to work very well, there are 3 maps and the option to make a custom map all done via the handlebars buttons/switchgear. The single side swingarm looks amazing and the sound from the beautiful standard exhaust is addictive. I can fit a security chain or gloves etc under the seat as all the electronics are under the tank. All in all its a brilliant, very quick, agile, good looking bike which always draws a crowd when parked, there's also very few around which is good. Don't believe any bad reviews you read about the fueling they are nonsense, its the best fueling on a bike I've had and I've had nearly every sports bike known to man!! Am going to do some track days on it next year as I think it will be awesome on track so will update my review afterwards. 1 thing I know is I won't be changing it any time soon. I submitted this review again as original said I was anonymous!!

    31 August 2013

  • 800 Brutale

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    I've had my 800 Brutale from new and clocked up 1200 very enjoyable miles this summer. My mate also bought 1 the same time as me. The fueling is perfect on both bikes with Torque you wouldn't believe, its light and the handling & brakes are razor sharp. I have the traction control set at 3 which seems to work very well, there are 3 maps and the option to make a custom map all done via the handlebars buttons/switchgear. The single side swingarm looks amazing and the sound from the beautiful standard exhaust is addictive. I can fit a security chain or gloves etc under the seat as all the electronics are under the tank. All in all its a brilliant, very quick, agile, good looking bike which always draws a crowd when parked, there's also very few around which is good. Don't believe any bad reviews you read about the fueling they are nonsense, its the best fueling on a bike I've had and I've had nearly every sports bike known to man!! Am going to do some track days on it next year as I think it will be awesome on track so will update my review afterwards. 1 thing I know is I won't be changing it any time soon.

    31 August 2013

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Its ok, but I'd still have a Triumph speed/street triple any day of the year.

17 December 2012 19:44

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