MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
Power: 138 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Low (386 lbs / 175 kg)


New £13,450
Used £8,500 - £12,200

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

There’s so much we love about the 2018 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR. It sounds amazing, it's exotic and different and it made Senior Road Tester Adam Child smile every time he opened the garage door.

The gearbox, combined with auto-blipper is sublime. It’s fun, quick, handles well, does everything we want – only downside is it’s too expensive, especially when compared to more advanced, powerful competition.

In November 2017 MV Agusta announced a partnership with Pirelli, which resulted in the Brutale 800RR Pirelli edition.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Steering geometry has been relaxed to improve stability and the wheelbase is now a fraction longer. The 43mm Marzocchi forks remain, as does the single multi adjustable rear Sachs shock, however it has been tweaked for the new model.

It’s light and flighty and fun to ride – giving you a sensation of speed constantly backed up by one of the sweetest soundtracks on the road. Great fun.


Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

For 2018 MV haven’t chased peak horsepower and it remains the same as the previous model at 138bhp. Instead, engine modifications have been introduced to improve the fuelling, reduce noise and move peak power to lower in the rev range - down from 13,100rpm to 12,300rpm.

The gearbox and transmission receive an overhaul for better gear meshing and therefore improved gear shifts, there’s also a new EAS 2.0 quickshifter, both up and down.

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR exhaust

Over the years MV has grown a reputation for snatchy fuelling. In the early days, their fuel injection was a little clunky, but the 2014 Brutale was a big improvement over previous models and now the Italians have gone one step further.

Low down, the fuelling is near as dam it, textbook. MV had a tough job on their hands making 138bhp usable and easy-to-use, but they’ve managed it, it’s almost perfect.

If it’s a little too aggressive you can change the throttle delivery via the four different engine modes. There’s a slight ‘hunt’ at a constant throttle, but it’s only noticeable and not annoying.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The MV is built with impressive attention to detail and top quality parts, but it’s no secret they’ve had their financial problems, which results in a poor dealer network.

MV have 11-12 dealers in the UK, which is less than a third of Ducati's 37. However, it appears MV’s financial issues are behind them and we spoke to a few dealers, who were all positive.

All 2018 triples come with a two year warranty, plus unlimited mileage on parts and labour. Parts also take around 5-7 days, which is a vast improvement.

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR parts

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

There’s no hiding the fact the 2018 MV Brutale is expensive - over £4000 more than Triumph’s Street Triple R, in fact. It turns Ducati’s 821 Monster into a bargain, as it’s more comparable to their 1200 Monster, at £11,795. Furthermore the LCD display is dull and hard to read; not full-colour like most of the competition. The switchgear is a little dated and clumsy and the rider aids are conventional - there’s no corning ABS for example.

For the same money you could have Triumph’s Speed Triple 1050RS. The good-looking Triumph comes with quality full-adjustable Ohlins suspension front and rear, a full-colour TFT dash, more power at 148bhp and more torque at 86.3ftlb.

It also has a higher level of safety and rider aids, complete with lean sensitive traction control and braking, cruise control and heated grips as standard. In terms of spec and power it’s way ahead of the MV, but the Italian bike does win the desirability competition.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

Cosmetic upgrades include the new lighter wheels and we have to say it’s just as stunning in the flesh as it is in pictures – voted the most beautiful bike of the year at EICMA in 2016, when it was first shown.

There's also fully-adjustable suspension at both ends, quality Brembo stoppers, four rider modes and basic traction control, but still no TFT dash.


Engine size 798cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 12v, triple
Frame type Tubular steel trellis
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 175kg
Front suspension 43mm, Marzocchi forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Sachs rear shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 220mm single disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70X17
Rear tyre size 180/55X17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £260
New price £13,450
Used price £8,500 - £12,200
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 63.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Model history

  • MV Brutale 800 2013
  • MV Brutale 800 2016 update

Other versions

Owners' reviews for the MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their MV-AGUSTA BRUTALE 800RR (2018 - 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 800RR (2018 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Value vs rivals: 3.8 out of 5 (3.8/5)
Equipment: 3.6 out of 5 (3.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
5 out of 5 Amazing bike
31 March 2023 by BrutaleFacile

Version: SCS

Year: 2022

Can't really fault it so far, had it out on road and track and it's been brilliant. I'd ridden it around in rain mode when I first got it, largely because it was raining all the time. Finally got it on track in the dry at Brands yesterday and race mode makes it a different beast entirely. It felt stable, fast and agile. The bike draws a lot of admiring looks and comments.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It's at its best on track or quick roads. Just a personal thing - I've found its taken longer to feel dialled in to this bike than most of the others I've owned - judge the braking distances, understand how much you can abuse the throttle, feel comfortable moving around the bike. It does feel idiosyncratic but I suppose that's what you get with an exotic Italian brand. The suspension seems fine out of the crate, even though I am a fat lad. I thought the ABS was a bit keen on the road but, having had it on track, it's not that obtrusive. I don't go quick enough on track to notice the other electronics too much. The anti wheelie control does allow a bit of front wheel lift. On the road it's very comfortable with surprisingly little wind blast. I don't know how they've done that on a naked, it certainly strains the neck a lot less than my old Tuono. Luggage options are limited but I think you could tour on it if you sorted something out. A pillion could probably go a good 30 or 40 seconds before needing a break.

Engine 5 out of 5

Like an angry demon fighting a swarm of wasps in there. Even with the standard exhaust, it sounds amazing flat out. Not as amazing as the Euro 3 and 4 versions do but amazing nevertheless. It rewards being thrashed and seems to like it the higher up the revs you go. Quickshifter very good. It's a powerful bike but not crazily intimidating. In rain mode it's quite a sedate experience. In race mode it's completely different and goes like the clappers.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Very well built and finished. I have had a bit of bogging in the midrange but that might be my riding in combination with rain mode. I fitted a Lithium battery so will have to see if that gets on with the electronics. The factory fitted tracker is a pile of shite and the insurance discount you get for using it doesn't cover the cost of paying for it, once its out of its free year.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

It's not a bike you buy if you're worried about value for money - get a Street Triple instead, cheaper, bigger dealer network, easier getting parts , not dissimilar riding experience. However, it's an MV. You pay for not seeing a lot of other ones in the car park and because it looks beautiful. Fuel economy is not fantastic but, there again, you don't ride it with that in mind. Servicing costs remain to be seen.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Bar end mirrors are a bit fussy to set up in terms of getting them not to snag your gloves when you use the controls but they're better than the normal view of your own shoulders you get with the standard ones. SCS is great around town, particularly as someone whose last bike was an older Ducati. It takes a bit of getting used to but it's fine once you've adapted. Do not, as I did, forget and rev it at the lights or you will find yourself projected into the traffic. Cruise is v useful but you need a very long thumb to use it easily. Still haven't got the knack of that. Lights not that bright on new TFT dash and you can struggle to see them in sunshine. Yes, I can read what lean angle I'm doing but I'd rather know if I've left the indicator on. I can judge my lean angle without looking at a dash because, if it's wrong, I won't go round the corner. MV Ride app is fun, sort of.

Buying experience: Could have been better, from MV London. Got the distinct feeling the salesman would rather have been doing something else than selling me a motorbike. The communication was so poor that I wouldn't have bought from them if it hadn't been for an excellent PCP deal. To be fair to them, they were moving showroom at the time I bought the bike but, if you can't offer a decent level of service, close during the move. I'll have it serviced at Alf's in Worthing, who have always been excellent with me.

4 out of 5
13 June 2022 by Mr_Kwacky

Version: SCS

Year: 2020

Annual servicing cost: £220

Forget what you've heard from people who have never owned one, having an MV in your garage is a unique experience every biker should sample. The Brutale 800RR is a small light bike with excellent handling and an engine to keep you grinning like the Joker. That sound from the triple is addictive.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The suspension out of the crate is stiff, which is fine on the track or those rare smooth public roads. There is enough adjustment available to make it more suited to your average British roads. The feel from the brakes is a little soft but I've changed the pads to EBC HH which seem to suit the bike better. Don't expect much from the rear brake. The pillion seat is more for show, I wouldn't fancy being perched on the back. This bike just wants to attack corners at speed. The chassis is small, light and slightly stiff but it's confidence inspiring with an excellent level of stability and loads of feedback.

Engine 5 out of 5

A full fat triple that wants to rev and rev. MV have given us an engine which sounds like it means business, even at idle. It pulls pretty hard from a standstill and keeps going until you're high up in the rev range. The sound from the triple as you bang through the gears using the QS is intoxicating.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

The quality is at the top end of the market. After 2 years the bike still looks new. The paint hasn't marked and still comes up with a deep shine after every wash. The only issue I've had was with the SCS, which needed adjusting to stop it pulling at a stand still.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Not the cheapest of bikes to own but servicing isn't that much more expensive than you pay for more mainstream makes. Petrol consumption depends on how you ride it.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 2020 model doesn't have the TFT screen the newer bikes do, but who wants to look at the dash? It's a beautiful machine from every angle. I'm always getting people coming up and asking about the bike.

Buying experience: Quick and smooth transaction with my local MV Dealer.

4 out of 5 A Lambo on two wheels!
21 August 2020 by Loco Pampín

Year: 2018

If this bike would be a car, it would be a Lamborghini; everything, the looks, the sound (how on earth can such a loud noise be legal), the MotoGP type gearbox, a design that screams "sexy", the acceleration, the price point way over its rivals: the whole package. But then one day you meet a football player that has a Lambo and tells you: wanna give it a ride. And then you realise that it is so low and rigid that riding it for more than 10 minutes makes you exhausted (the MV, I don't know about the Lambo). I have never had a bike that was more fun or looked better than this Brutale, but I sold it because it was too much work. The engine needs a very aggressive riding style to deliver the goods. The riding position, for the city, is hard work as well. Overall, a super bike, but for riders that are ready to push hard and ride in the town like I do on track days.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Not an all-round bike. It feels a lot like a naked F3: meant for track days. For the road is exhausting, without any protection and with an aggressive riding position. I had to give it a 4 because the breaking power is amazing.

Engine 4 out of 5

The 2018 model has all the small electronic glitches of the older versions solved. The exhaust pipe is a work of art. The sound of the engine is the most similar to a V12 F1 I have ever heard. It is the first time it happened to me that I felt compelled to record the engine sound when accelerating and going up the gears, one by one, and send to my friends. It is MotoGP music. Addictive.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Italian bikes are now very reliable and the build quality it very good. The MV in particular is a premium product, where you get what you pay for.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Difficult to sell it for anything close yo what you have paid for it. Otherwise, good value.

Equipment 2 out of 5

The dashboard is a joke, difficult to read, probably a product of the past decade.

5 out of 5 MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR
03 February 2019 by MikeK

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £250

This is the most fun I've ever had in a motorcycle and looks amazing too.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

2.5 hour ride, no issues. I'm 5ft10 and it's like the bike was built for me.

Engine 5 out of 5

The sound, throttle response, performance, everything is near perfect.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues as yet in first 1000 miles, not sure why MV gets such bad press.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

The bike has no fuel gauge! Really MV? In 2018? But, very rarely look at the clocks anyhow when riding this bike.

Buying experience: Good local dealer, well established and great customer service. Always happy to help. Got a great deal on it too.

5 out of 5 Perfect Italian mistress
22 December 2018 by Haj

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £300

Worth every penny.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

This is not a touring bike. But I finish every ride with the biggest grin on my face.

Engine 5 out of 5

So responsive.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

Nothing you don’t need.

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