'More accessible' MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS unveiled

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Italian exotica experts MV Agusta have just unveiled a new Brutale 1000 RS: a simpler, more comfortable and cheaper version of its bonkers 1000 RR super naked – although at over 22 grand and 200bhp it’s still more extreme than most.

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Called the Brutale 1000 RS, it’s based on the range-topping, £28,900 RR, but does without that bike’s ultra-exotic semi-active Öhlins suspension (although it retains the Öhlins electronic steering damper) and extreme riding position.

Instead the RS gets more conventional, but fully adjustable adjustable Marzocchi 50mm inverted forks and a similarly-adjustable Sachs rear shock absorber while revised, raised clip-on bars, new footpegs and a new, more softly-padded, one-piece saddle improve comfort.

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS rear

The Brutale’s 998cc transverse four has also been updated for the RS – although the RR’s outrageous performance is largely unchanged.

Equipped, as before, with titanium con rods and valves, it now gets revised cam timing and exhaust collector to improve midrange, a Diamond Like Coating (DLC) on the tappets to reduce internal friction and reliability and mildly uprated electronics which now include cornering ABS.

Peak performance figures, meanwhile, are unchanged at 205bhp at 13,000rpm and peak torque of 116.5Nm at 11,000rpm. Dry weight, however, is up from the RR’s 186kg to 196kg.

The RS also features new wheels and even new mirrors to improve rear visibility,  will be available in silver/grey or red/grey and expected to cost around £22,800.

MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RS right side

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.