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MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1078RR (2008-on) Review

Published: 08 January 2009

Updated: 21 November 2014

"One of the best super-nakeds in the business"

MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- rolling art

"One of the best super-nakeds in the business"

  • At a glance
  • 1078cc  -  154 bhp
  • 26 mpg  -  104 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • New: £10,480

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Don’t think that this is just ‘another’ Brutale: the new 1078RR is very, very different. The Italian firm has been known to release a bewildering number of Brutale variants since the first 750 was released in 2003. As well as that original 750 and the later 910, there have been ‘S’ and ‘R’ versions and commemorative bikes, like the ones to celebrate Italy winning the World Cup two years ago. There was even the comically-named Brutale ‘Wally’, a limited-edition run of bikes named after the Monte Carlo yacht builder. The 1078RR is savagely fast with explosive power, but for the first time it’s friendly too. The suspension is now plush and dialled into the real world and the throttle response smooth. It’s one of the best super-nakeds in the business.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The new suspension is by far the best bit of the 1078RR and a massive U-turn from how Brutales used to be before. Gone is the old racetrack-stiff set-up, which crashed and bumped over the slightest ripple in the road, blighting the old bike and the previous F4 superbikes on anything other than the track. The supple new suspension now lets the Brutale glide serenely over road surfaces, giving a brilliantly smooth ride. Riding the MV slowly or around town is now an utterly pleasurable experience. Thanks to an impeccable set-up by MV’s test riders, the suspension also offers lots of control when you push too, so there’s not a weave or wallow in sight when you’re riding hard, even on the magnificent Pirelli Super Corsa tyres.  

Engine 5 out of 5

Shoehorned into the MV Agusta Brutale’s exquisitely hand-made chassis is the engine from the F4 RR312 superbike, retuned to give more mid-range thump. With a furious, rasping 154bhp pushing it along, the MV Agusta Brutale has the kind of acceleration you imagined a 500cc two-stroke GP bike would have when you were a kid. It’s impossible to get the throttle to the stop all the way through the revs in the first three gears because the MV will loop-the-loop. With that kind of violence available at your right wrist you start to think that the name Brutale is an understatement. The MV Agusta F**king Mental would be more apt.
There’s less vibration from the new engine compared to the old 910 and 750, and the fuelling is a massive improvement, too. The improved throttle response and the more supple suspension completely transform the character from racetrack refugee to comfortable, friendly sparring partner.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build-quality is superb and we haven’t heard of Brutales breaking down either. There’s now a new UK importer (, which should give you piece of mind that parts and servicing won’t be an issue. And now that MV Agusta is owned by Harley-Davidson, the constant threat of MV’s closure has gone.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

We’ve ridden lots of new super-nakeds in 2008. The Speed Triple is the best all-rounder and the Bimota DB6R the purest and best balanced. And now there’s the Brutale 1078RR, which is by far the most insane of the lot, but it has a soft side making it far friendlier to live with. Costing Ducati 1198S money, the Brutale is by no means cheap, but if you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed. Find an MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

The 1078 RR has exquisite, hand-built attention to detail and expensive cycle parts like Brembo Monobloc calipers, a fully adjustable Sachs rear shock, 50mm Marzocchi forks and adjustable rearsets. You get a rasping, angry soundtrack to die for and a view over the clocks like you’re perched on the edge of a cliff. It’s on the small side too, so while a six-footer fits it pretty well (although the exhaust stops your right foot from doing tip-toes on the peg), it would be more ideally suited to someone smaller. Compare and buy products for the MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR in the MCN Shop.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2008
Year discontinued -
New price £10,480
Used price -
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
Max power 154 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Top speed 165 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.98 secs
Average fuel consumption 26 mpg
Tank range 104 miles
Engine size 1078cc
Engine type Liquid cooled, four stroke, transverse four cylinder. DOHC, 4 radial valves per cylinder
Frame type Steel trellis
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension Fully-adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 17 in
Rear tyre size 190/55 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

2003 – 750cc Brutale S launched featuring a retuned version of the F4 570 motor.
2006 – 906cc Brutale 910 launched
2008 – Brutale 989R and 1078RR launched

Other versions

MV Agusta Brutale 989 R

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1078RR (2008-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.

Review your MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 1078RR (2008-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5


17 January 2009 by bterhunec

Maybe I could get a bailout loan to buy one?

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Photo Gallery

  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- rolling art
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- stoppies are a breeze with Brembo monobloc calipers
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- dripping with big names
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- supple new suspension helps the Brutasle glide along real roads
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- in action
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- riding position gives you a clear view right over the clocks
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- side view
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- wheelie fun
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- rasping 154bhp lump
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- exquisite attention to detail
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- shotgun cans
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- tail unit is pure MV
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- logo design
  • MV Agusta Brutale 1078RR- single-sided swingarm
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