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

Published: 16 November 2018

Smoother and easier to ride, the best Brutale so far

The MV Agusta Brutale 800 RR

Smoother and easier to ride, the best Brutale so far

Overall Rating 3 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 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.

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

Equipment 4 out of 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £13,450
Used price -
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Max power 138 bhp
Max torque 63.4 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
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

History & Versions

Model history

  • MV Brutale 800 2013
  • MV Brutale 800 2016 update

Other versions

  • MV Brutale 800
  • MV Brutale 800 RR LH44
  • MV Brutale 800 RR America
  • MV Brutale 800 RR Pirelli
  • MV Brutale 800 RC

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