MV Agusta have announced a new Brutale 800 RR, which now makes 140hp and 85Nm of torque
While some of MV Agusta’s claims about the new Brutale 800 RR don’t all ring true (it’s not the most powerful naked production bike for instance), the new bike is indeed a huge leap forward. The biggest advances have been with the engine and many of them have been an effort to reduce both noise and vibrations.
Engine & Electronics
From the top: the cylinder head has been developed to supress combustion noise and there is a new cam-chain tensioner, camshafts, valve guides and harmonic damper – all designed to minimize stresses and vibrations. Noise reduction even extends to the side covers, which also act as engine protectors. The ride by wire throttle has received an update and now features an eight-level traction control system accessibly through the on-board diagnostics. Topping it off is a Bosch ABS 9 Plus unit.
MV have said they’ve improved the gearbox too, with the whole transmission receiving an overhaul for better gear meshing and therefore better gear shifts. The new EAS 2.0 Quickshifter should help even more, as should the hydraulic slipper clutch. Alongside the performance upgrades there’s even a new countershaft and starter motor, both said to improve reliability.
The Brutale has been reshaped considerably and even the signature triple organ pipe silencer has received an update. At the back of the bike there’s a new split seat, a retractable passenger grab handle, a graphic LED rear light more compact indicators.
Wheels & Suspension
Marzocchi supply the forks, which are adjustable for compression and preload, and Sachs supplies the shock. There’s also a new steering damper, with eight levels of adjustment. Brembo four-piston calipers haul on 320mm floating rotors at the front while a twin-piston caliper at the rear acts on a 220mm disc.
It’s also worth adding that MV have recently had a large cash injection from a private equity firm, so hopefully their financial troubles are behind them.
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