MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 675 (2012-on) Review

Published: 13 July 2012

"Finally an MV you can afford and want"

MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 675  (2012-on)

"Finally an MV you can afford and want"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

MV Agusta used to be the dream, aspirational brand; the poster bike we proudly hung on our garage and shed wall; the Ferrari of the biking world – and just as expensive, impractical and out of reach. But with the all new MV Brutale 675 that could all be set to change. At £8299 it’s not only cheaper, astonishingly, than the Japanese competition, it’s finally an MV you can afford and want.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Brutale is light and flickable enough to dart around traffic and in the normal riding mode the power is softened making it even easier. Its turning circle isn’t bad considering its sporting DNA, the mirrors are fine and the dash is really useful. Ground clearance is excellent despite the low seat and feel from the standard suspension is more than adequate. It’s on the firm side out of the box, which does compromise hitting cobbled streets with speed but should work on track. You don’t have to be an expert to get the most out of the Brutale on road or track, historically with MV that was never the case.  And thanks to its more friendly ergonomics you wouldn’t be in agony on the ride home, but you may need a cushion for the hard seat.

Engine 4 out of 5

The engine is almost as powerful as the engine in the F3 supersport bike, but makes more torque lower down the rev range, making it more useable on the road and great fun. The little three-cylinder motor also loves revs and will happily scream along and over rev. MV has listened to criticism and worked hard to improve throttle response from the first F3. It’s much friendlier and not as snatchy as before.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There’s no question it’s beautifully-built and well-finished, but it’s too early to say if it will be as bulletproof as the competition. Many current MV owners complain of spare parts supply, but a UK spokesman for MV says parts availablity has improved with the addition of a new distribution partner in Italy.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The MV is over £1000 cheaper than a Yamaha R6 or Honda CBR600, and is not that far behind the CBR in terms of outright power and torque, but that doesn't mean they've skimped on the quality. It's the most high tech middleweight naked, with switchable engine maps, traction control and radial Brembo brakes.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Brutale uses the same changeable engine mappings and traction control as the F3. The eight stage traction control can be changed on the move, from the mode switch on the left bar. There are also four modes to choose from (switchable from the starter button): each has a different level of throttle response, torque, rev limit, and engine braking characteristics. Rain mode restricts the power to 80%, which means around 85bhp, and also softens the power delivery. It also automatically switches the traction control back on if you’ve turned it off. Normal mode again softens the power, making it less aggressive but unlike rain mode you can have full power and revs at the top end. Sport mode is more aggressive: the torque is more instant but it’s not unrideable like the previous, first F3. There’s also a custom mode, which lets you customsie everything from power to engine braking. You can easily switch between modes on the move using the starter button the right bar

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £8,299
Used price £6,500 to £8,900
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Max power 108 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Engine size 675cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve, four-stroke triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 167kg
Front suspension Marzocchi 43mm inverted front forks. Non adjustable.
Rear suspension Sachs single rear shock with preload adjust
Front brake 320mm discs with Brembo four piston, radially mounted calipers.
Rear brake 220mm disc with Brembo twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55-ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2012: model introduced

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