MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1000 RR (2020 - on) Review
- Cafe racer riding position
- Credible rider aids for power
- Based on MV F4 superbike
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£540|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
With 205bhp and an outrageous price tag, the 2020 MV Agusta Brutale 1000RR is about as irrelevant as a road bike gets. You can’t use anywhere near all its power away from a track and at that kind of money you probably wouldn’t want to anyway.
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It’s no better than the cream of its much cheaper super naked rivals, either. But underneath its layers of shiny paint and away from its designer labels, decadent styling and fancy electronics it’s a well-sorted, involving, refined and capable motorcycle. It’s still raw, unapologetically angry and lacks real-world grunt, but it’s the best MV have produced in a very long time.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
It’s based on the even more exotic, carbon-wheeled, titanium-drenched 2019 Brutale 1000 Serie Oro – a bike that probably passed you by, as it did us with no press launch and none seen in the wild.
So best to think of it as a naked F4 1000 superbike with even more power. Unlike other straight-barred super nakeds, the MV has slightly raised clip-ons, giving you the sense you’re on a stripped-down superbike, or the world’s most unhinged café racer.
In recent years you’ve always known what you’re going to get with an MV: an F4 will be fast, loud, beautiful, but slightly heavy and awkward and until recently an F3 will be all of the above with a slightly remote-feeling ride-by-wire throttle (they’re better now).
But the marriage here between F4 mechanicals and F3 tech is a successful one and the Brutale 1000RR works as a normal motorcycle. Even its bar end mirrors (blue tinted, of course – it’s Italian) are big enough to let you see where you’ve just been and sat in mild a race crouch, the wind protection is surprisingly good compared to an upright super naked.
Just paddling the MV around it’s clear it’s no featherweight and on our scales, fully fuelled, it weighs 218.5kg (dry claimed is 186kg), but it’s stable at high speed and through fast, smooth corners its deliciously unflappable. Steering is nicely balanced and with so much grip, electronic control and fearsome stopping power, you’ll need a track to get anywhere near its limits.
F4s have always been stiff and this is no different. Even with the suspension softened-off it can be harsh and fidgety over bumps, where its hard seat joins in to give your backside a kicking for good measure.
EngineNext up: Reliability
MV’s F4 inline four is packed with low friction parts, boosting power to 205bhp, including new valve guides, cams, piston rings, crank, airbox, intakes and ECU.
It’s excessively quick and sounds like the devil in a food blender at 13,000rpm, but MV have at last got the basics right. Its ride-by-wire still lacks the rich, carburetted feel of its rivals, but when you twist the throttle it goes smoothly forward and when you release it again it slows down at the rate you’d expect.
Better still it’s electronic rider aids are top drawer, which is handy with over 200bhp at your right wrist and if you want a soft power and suspension set-up for the wet, just flick in to Rain mode and the MV is anything but brutal. Even the Pirelli Super Corsas have more grip in dodgy conditions than you’d give them credit for.
On dry tarmac the MV is, of course, ludicrously quick– a crunching, primal assault on your ears on and off the throttle, with acceleration to rival any current superbike. That’s a given, but away from its searing top end the inline four is smooth and controllable, but there’s little in the way of grunt. You’ll need a flurry of down changes to overtake traffic, unless you want to inch past like a 125 – it’s that flat down there.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
If you like the idea of an exotic naked Italian superbike and have the cash, you won’t be disappointed by the way the new Brutale 1000RR goes, stops, handles and sounds.
You’ll love its lavish finish, too, apart from the exposed electrical blocks and wiring in the engine bay, which is a disappointment. Under new ownership the Varese firm have improved reliability and with a UK importer now fully up and running, spares supply shouldn’t be a problem.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Is it worth ten grand more than an Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory? Of course not. Nor is it as well rounded and accomplished as a Ducati Streetfighter V4 S or new KTM 1290 Super Duke R, but for the ultimate in showy, super naked decadence the MV Agusta will be right up your strada, if you’ve got cash to splash.
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Whether or not you like the way it looks, you can’t deny that it’s sculpted to within an inch of its life. Wings, scoops, slots, strakes and four cartoon exhausts, there’s a sliver of a seat pad for each buttock.
The tooling for that little lot alone must’ve cost a fortune. Its colour dash looks like something out of an Italian hypercar and it’s bejewelled with shiny Brembo Stylemas, semi-active Öhlins suspension, lashings of carbon fibre, cornering LED headlights and every conceivable electronic rider aid. Add another two wheels and it would be a Dubai millionaire’s Lambo.
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four|
|Frame type||Tubular steel trellis|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|Front suspension||Semi active 43mm Öhlins forks|
|Rear suspension||Semi active single Öhlins shock|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs with four piston Brembo Stylema calipers. ABS|
|Rear brake||220mm disc with single piston Brembo caliper. ABS|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||200/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£540|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||205 bhp|
|Max torque||86 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2020: Model introduced
Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1000 RR (2020 - on)
2 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1000 RR (2020 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£540|
Version: Serie Oro
Annual servicing cost: £800
Best looking bike out there by a mile, and handles better than any naked in a track.(yes, I've used it in a track).You get what you pay for. A work of art. Even the cops will stop you for pictures.
Ride by wire works great. Bike comes with 2 way Quickshifter, launch control, TC, 2 types of ABS, Speed limiter, Cruise Control, Semi Active Suspension (ohlins), Cornering lights and several riding modes (and a companion app to set parameters) Suspension in race mode is very hard, so only recommended for track. Breaks are the latest top of the line Brembo's so no need to hype. You get the best possible.
Mine has 212 CV at 13.000 RPMs. More than enough. It goes past 300kph with ease (personally gotten 313).Has a counter rotating Crankshaft, and decent torque at low revs.( for a bike with only 998cc).
It's Italian and handmade, so there will be some issues here and there. Nothing that can't be fixed in a few minutes by the dealership (under warranty of course).The RRs are more polished now than the Serie Oro, so you're less likely to run into issues.
Extremely expensive obviously, but I promise that to the naked eye, you'll notice a big difference between a Brutale 1000rr and say an Aprillia. Even more so the Serie Oro.Comparing this to other bikes is like comparing a Pagani Zonda to a pimped up impreza Turbo. Sure, the Impreza might have similar performance at a much lower cost.....but it would be a dumb comparison. MVs are full of lavish details and also come with beautiful owner gifts.In other words, if running costs are something that you consider when buying...you can't afford it.
Pretty much has everything you'd ever need. 2 way Quick Shift, 4 riding modes, semi active suspension, TC, cruise control & speed limiter, launch control, racing ABS, TPS and temp monitor, titanium and carbon fiber everywhere (including rims), race exhaust and ECU. Connects to 2 companion apps. 1 to connect to bike configuration, phone, music and GPS. The other to monitor the bike for security.
Buying experience: Top Notch, as you'd expect for something at this price point.
Annual servicing cost: £285
Superb build quality and components Engine has been strangled by eu4/5 regs and due to the power MV seem to have reduced the amount of power you have until 6-7k after 8k it lives up to its name Brutale It’s not for the faint hearted as every MV give the rider full feedback and exhilarating ride
Handle it feels like a 600 compared to my 2017 Tuono factory and 2018 Panigale V4 , turn in is amazing , brakes a Superb as you’d expect Seat was okish riding to Cochem Germany 300+ miles but once there it was perfect for throwing it around the superb Eiffel roads handling very fast sweepers as well as tight switchbacks
It would have had 5 but euro4/5 regs and MV reluctance to let the rider have the full power from low down is a disgrace in this day and age Even when selecting full power , full throttle response etc , it’s far to tame low down , ok for town driving - even in 6th down to 35-40 mph But get it in its sweet spot above 7k and it comes alive and is more than capable of challenging its competition with raw power , handling and throttle response
Quality components - non of the cheesy bolts you get in its competition
Dealer network is expanding
It has nearly everything you’d want - apart from heated grips It’s cruise control is a bit odd , where it’s placed and how it’s not easily adjustable after about 10 seconds riding at the selected speed ( you have to cancel and set it again) Lights are less and brilliant including turning lights Mirror are great and actually work Riding position is actually very comfy at slow and high speed (I had more back ache on the Tuono) but it feels between a sports bike and a sit up and beg Suspension isn’t semi active as reported but just Ohlins EC (electronic controlled) which is a disappointment for this price and level of bike It has 3 static maps - rain (low power), sport (low power !!!!) and race (full power) and a Custom Map which can be what ever you like Also it’s one if the only modern bikes I’ve ridden that actually has a rear brake that works - Tuono you could stand and bounce in the rear brake lever and zilch response !!
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer Powerslide and superb Service and communication Serviced at krazyhorse London and good service there as well