2016 MV Brutale is a beast

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MV Agusta have given the Brutale 800 a hefty makeover as part of a move to make it more practical, and also to differentiate it more from the Dragster.

The Brutale name has been a big success for MV over the past 15 years since the first 750cc version appeared. The latest three-cylinder 800cc version is doing well, and now gets some key changes for 2016. These include a longer main frame to give an extra 20mm of wheelbase, a new subframe taken from the Turismo Veloce, a redesigned seat, an extra three litres of fuel capacity, full LED front lighting, and a completely new exhaust. The bike also gets a new dashboard, and updated electronics including a bidirectional quickshifter and eight-level traction control.

MV owner Giovanni Castiglioni told MCN: “The changes we have made have been done to make the bike more user-friendly. This middleweight segment is very important to us but we knew the bike needed some changes as part of the constant improvement we are implementing. The changes you see on the Brutale 800 show the direction MV Agusta is going in terms of engineering and design.” 

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter