MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 920 (2011-2012) Review

Published: 07 March 2011

Sadly now deleted entry-level big Brutale, being less extreme, was among best of the bunch

MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 920  (2011-2012)

Sadly now deleted entry-level big Brutale, being less extreme, was among best of the bunch

  • At a glance
  • 921cc  -  130 bhp
  • 36 mpg  -  184 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (830mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The 920 is the new entry-level MV Agusta Brutale which, despite lashings of Italian flair and 130bhp performance, costs the same as a Yamaha FZ1 at £9999. It has a number of changes aimed at keeping the cost down over the bigger capacity 990R and 1090R bigger brother.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The old Brutale was a bit harsh – it felt like you were being pummelled by every surface change you rode over. The latest combination of the Marzocchi upside-down forks and Sachs rear shock work well. The front end is fully ¬adjustable but the rear just for preload and rebound. Both have been softened slightly in terms of the internal valving compared to the 990R to give a more forgiving ride. The suspension still feels taut but has a lovely, plush feel, too.

Engine 5 out of 5

It’s the new 921cc inline four-cylinder motor that dominates the Brutale for all the right reasons. Not only will it rev through with a howling note all the way through to the top of the 11,600rpm rev limiter but it will trickle along in sixth gear at 2000rpm. There is no fluff, no surging and the throttle response is lovely. The combination of the crank from the more powerful 1090RR but with new smaller pistons and corresponding cylinder block works well.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Brutale anoraks will spot the changes aimed at keeping the price down; indicators in the backs of the mirrors are replaced with cheaper ones mounted by the side of the front light, matt paint finish and only two colours (black and white) to choose from; others won’t. Only the welding on the centre section of the exhaust lets the finish down.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

No bike that costs £9999 on the road can be called cheap. But with Japanese bike prices now on a par with ‘exotic’ brands like MV Agusta, it makes choosing even harder. While the Yamaha FZ1 is the same price, it can’t compete in terms of fun, performance, looks or character with the Brutale. The class-leading Triumph Speed Triple at £8649 has a stronger hand in terms of price and handling, and the cheaper Honda CB1000R and Kawasaki Z1000 muddy the waters further.


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Equipment 4 out of 5

The engine has two switchable maps (Normal and Sport) which change the ignition response. Eight-stage traction control is adjustable through the dashboard within both riding modes and is standard.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2011
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £9,999
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Max power 130 bhp
Max torque 70 ft-lb
Top speed 158 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 36 mpg
Tank range 184 miles
Engine size 921cc
Engine type Inline, four-cylinder 16v 6 gears
Frame type Steel trellis, cast alloy mix
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 190kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Adjustable for rebound and preload only
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Single 210mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2011: Model introduced

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